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The life of every human individual begins at fertilization:
What about twinning? In the case of monozygotic twinning, fertilization eventually results in two human individuals. Twinning occurs very early in pregnancy, making direct observation of the phenomenon impossible. There is some dispute within the scientific community about the exact timing of twinning; it occurs, at the latest, approximately 14 days after fertilization, but a newer, alternative hypothesis suggests that it takes place much earlier. Under either hypothesis, twinning occurs before pregnancy can be detected with a urine pregnancy test, making this discussion somewhat beside the point when debating abortion. Abortion results in the cessation of at least one human life; more, if monozygotic twinning has occurred or if multiple eggs were fertilized (fraternal twins).
Prenatal development information, photos, and videos (nothing gory):
Bernard Nathanson statements
On fabricated number of illegal abortions and maternal deaths:
"We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000 but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250 annually. The figure constantly fed to the media was 10,000. These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion law."
On abortion being framed as a religious issue:
We systematically vilified the Catholic Church and its "socially backward ideas" and picked on the Catholic hierarchy as the villain in opposing abortion. This theme was played endlessly. We fed the media such lies as "we all know that opposition to abortion comes from the hierarchy and not from most Catholics" and "Polls prove time and again that most Catholics want abortion law reform." And the media drum-fired all this into the American people, persuading them that anyone opposing permissive abortion must be under the influence of the Catholic hierarchy and that Catholics in favour of abortion are enlightened and forward-looking. An inference of this tactic was that there were no non-Catholic groups opposing abortion. The fact that other Christian as well as non-Christian religions were (and still are) monolithically opposed to abortion was constantly suppressed, along with pro-life atheists' opinions.
Both of the above are excerpted from his memoir, The Hand of God; a larger excerpt can be found here.
International data on abortion and maternal mortality is summarized here. The "natural experiment" arising in Chile, which prohibited abortion after years of pro-choice policy, is of particular interest; researchers found that maternal mortality improved after the ban and that the goal of reduced maternal mortality is best achieved through educational measures, not abortion.
43% of Democrats are pro-life:
Gallup poll, May 10, 2013: 31% of Democratic respondents stated that abortion should be "legal in only a few circumstances," while another 12% stated that abortion should be "illegal in all circumstances."
Also check out pro-life commentary on the above Gallup poll.
Over 6 million non-religious pro-lifers in the United States:
Pro-life pregnancy help centers outnumber abortion centers in the U.S.
1,969 pregnancy centers in the United States (affiliated with Care Net, Heartbeat, and/or NIFLA).
839 abortion centers in the United States.
Pro-life support for contraception
At minimum, 78% of pro-lifers support contraception, according to pro-choice author William Saletan's analysis of U.S. polling data.
Adoption of infants
Approximately 81.5 million Americans have considered becoming adoptive parents. According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, that's 500 times the number of children available for adoption through foster care. It's also roughly 77 times the number of abortions that occur in the U.S. each year (see below).
In the United States, infant adoption and adoption from foster care are essentially separate systems. Adoption from foster care has shorter wait lists for adoptive families, but those adoptive families must be equipped to meet foster children's unique needs. More information about that distinction can be found in our "Waiting Children, Waiting Families" brochure. And for more about foster care advocacy, check out Together We Rise.
Frequency of abortion
Abortion statistics are always a few years behind. In 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were approximately 1.06 million abortions in the United States, or 2,904 every day.
However, abortion rates are currently in decline, so the number of daily abortions in 2014 may turn out to be lower.