Do you have any idea who is responsible for the most deaths in US history? Most people I ask that question to say war or the military. Believe it or not, total US deaths caused by war, both military and civilian since the Revolutionary War is about 1.3 million. War also accounts for 2.7 million wounded, so the total casualties of war since the start of our nation are around 4 million dead and wounded.
However, war is far from being the leading cause of inflicted death in the US. It’s not guns, in case you were going there next.
According to the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute, abortions are the number one cause of inflicted death in the entire history of the United States. The CDC notes that many abortions are not reported to them and that starting in 1998, their figures did not include abortions performed in New Hampshire and California. However, they still report that from 1973 through 2008, that there were 39,704,605 abortion deaths. The Guttmacher Institute for the same period does take into account all states and says that there were 49,333,300 abortion deaths in the United States. They estimate the total number of abortions to date is 54,559,615.
To help put this into perspective, remember when I said that all US deaths attributed to war from the American Revolutionary War through the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan add up to just over 1.3 million. According to the figures provided by the Guttmacher Institute, there were over 1.3 million abortions every YEAR in the US from 1977 through 2000. For 24 consecutive years, our nation murdered more unborn children every year than all of the war deaths covering a period of 237 years.
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