By next January – the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade -- the abortion toll in America will reach 59 million innocents.
That should be the story of the century. Yet the liberal media makes more noise about a single Ebola case arriving in the United States . . . or a bunch of bears cavorting in a swimming pool in suburban New Jersey . . . than it does about aborting 30% of the entire American younger generation under age 48.
That’s 30% of our much heralded Gen X, Y, and Z – and nearly 10 times as many innocents as the number of Jews killed in the Nazi holocaust. Yet, in our politically correct age, hardly anyone dares call it a holocaust.
Well, that’s what I’m calling it, and I just celebrated my 65th anniversary as an award-winning Catholic writer.
Because the truth is that it is a holocaust without precedent in human history. Worldwide, abortion has taken some two billion lives since the former Soviet Union launched the abortion holocaust in 1920. And two billion, by the way, is equal to the entire population of the planet in 1927.
If that isn’t a holocaust, I’ll eat my shirt along with every award I ever received for writing the God’s honest truth.
Our unwillingness to admit this is the most amazing kind of denial I’ve ever seen in my long career as a journalist and market researcher.
Motivational researchers call it cognitive dissonance – a psychological conflict between reality and what we allow ourselves to think about it.
Experiencing such a contradiction normally leads to a great deal of pain. Like the guy who pays big bucks for a hot new car only to find out too late that it’s a clunker.
The easy way to minimize the pain of such an experience is to do what psychologists call “maneuver around your hangup.” That is, find some rationalization that will help you feel good about it instead of acknowledging the contradiction.
Like believing the abortion industry when it tells you, “Oh, it’s only a blob of tissue.” Or trusting a politician who promises to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.” Or the U.S. Supreme Court simply pretending that the unborn child isn’t a person. But the biggest lie of all is the one about “choice” when what they are selling offers no choice at all.
The problem with maneuvering around your hangup is that, sooner or later, the piper must still be paid. It changes nothing. It is a denial of reality, period. Instead of facing the problem, we simply pretend the contradiction isn’t there.
So it’s time we admitted that 59 million U.S. abortions...
. . . are equal to the population of our 93 largest cities. It’s exactly the same as if we had a major nuclear war and all the people in those cities perished. Within two more years, the toll will soon include our top 100 cities.
. . . speaking of nuclear war, it is also 513 times more people than perished in the atomic bombing of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
. . . it’s 90 times more than all the battle deaths in all the wars we have ever fought, starting with the American Revolution.
. . . it’s more than all the people lost in World War II – military and civilian – by all the major powers – including Russia, Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Poland, England, France, Canada and the U.S.
. . . Indeed, the casualty rate for our soldiers in World War II was just 1.8% for battle deaths, and 2.5% if you include deaths from other causes. Yet abortion has taken the lives of fully 30% of Gen X, Y and Z together.
. . . No other generation in history has ever suffered that kind of toll. It is in fact 12 to 16 times more than all the fatalities inflicted on our GI’s in World War II.
No other generation in history has been dismissed as anonymously as Generation X, Y and Z. Nor has any generation before them ever experienced the abortion of 30% of their members. Even in World War II, only 1.8% of the 16 million men and women failed to come back because they were killed in action. Meanwhile, this generation has inherited an economy that is on the verge of implosion as a result of profligate government spending and failed government policies. That's why we feel it is time for America's younger generation to start demanding, "Why!"
The Supreme Court decision in the same sex marriage case (Obergefell v. Hodges) represents the most serious attack on states’ rights and the democratic process since Roe v. Wade reversed existing laws that had been on the books for over 100 years.
In this case, the Court overrode democratic votes in 32 out of 35 states where the issue had already been decided. That’s a 91% margin of victory, which is enough to make a majority in Communist Russia, but apparently not here. Over there, 90% majorities are honored, but here they can be overridden by five Supreme Court Justices.
In fact, there is no way that either Obergefell or Roe could have been become law through the normal legislative process. For the Court to so cavalierly override the will of the people is the kind of tyranny Americans once had a revolution over.
Even today, 42 years later, Roe v. Wade could not be passed by legislative process in all but a handful of the most liberal states in the country. The same holds true for the same sex marriage decision. But Scotus says “So what!” and may yet get away with it.
Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines was important for reasons beyond the record crowd of six million people who turned out to greet him.
It was important because Pope Francis chose his encounter with the youth of the Philippines to deliver a powerful pro-life message to the youth of the world.
Why did he do it there? With its deeply Catholic roots, the Philippines are like the Ireland of the Far East -- except that they have twice the rate of natural increase that Ireland does, and their birth rate is 59% higher. Indeed, the Republic of the Philippines is the only western country with a birth rate to match that of the Muslim world. Elsewhere in the West, populations are shrinking.
In his address to youth, Pope Francis urged young people to think clearly, feel passionately, and act courageously in their encounter with today’s moral, social, political, and economic problems.
Bishop Arthur Seratelli of Paterson recently asked a very important question: "Why do we face the sad loss of so many of our young people from the practice of the faith?"
He cited Pew studies showing that one-third of all adults under 30 are no longer connected with any church. Indeed, four out of five abandon the practice of their faith by the time they leave high school and move on to college.
These are stunning statistics. But what exactly has caused this crisis of faith among the young? And what can we do to change it?
That's no longer an open question. It first occurred to me in 1992 when I retired after a long career as a journalist and later as a marketing consultant for companies like Waring, Toshiba, Baker Industries, Cessna, AT&T and others.
That's when I first took a look at the astonishing number of abortions in the United States – some 30 million by then. Back then, that was equal to the population of the 32 largest cities in the U.S. – from New York all the way down to cities the size of Austin, Texas.
Based on this preliminary analysis, I predicted an economic crisis starting in the year 2000 and continuing until 2020. Not only did my predictions come true on schedule, but our latest research shows that the impact is far deeper than even I realized back then.
My current forecast is that, unless America comes to its senses about abortion and birth control within the next few years, it will be all over for the United States as the beacon of freedom and economic prosperity for the world. That could easily happen by 2025 if things don't change.
Why is the outlook getting worse? For one thing, the economic impact of the abortion boom is deepening, not abating. Today, we have had a cumulative 58 million abortions, nearly double the 30 million we had in 1992.
And the number of cities with an equivalent population has soared to include our 93 largest cities. Within 3 years, that number will reach 100.
It's as if we had a nuclear war with a 100% casualty rate in all our major cities with populations of 200,000 or more. You would have to call that near total destruction!
By Dennis Howard This August, it was more than years since Martin Luther King Jr. came to Washington to deliver his magnificent "I Have a Dream" speech. In it, he celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation of 100 years earlier as "a great beacon of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice." He also hailed an earlier time "when the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." He reminded us: "They were signing a Promissory Note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." He asked whether America had defaulted on that note, and concluded that "instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check that has come back marked insufficient funds." Now, half a century later, we have to ask that question again.
Dennis Howard is founder and president of The Movement for a Better America, a non-profit, pro-life educational organization. Before starting MBA in 1995, he had a long and successful career in journalism and creative marketing. He is available as a strategic marketing consultant to other pro-life organizations, and is currently writing a book on the disastrous economic impact of abortion. To invite Dennis as a speaker, contact him at Movement for a Better America, PO Box 472, Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970-0472 or email him at mbaforlife@gmail dot com.