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Anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Abortion by the Numbers

22 January 2015  
Today is the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision in Roe v. Wade  which essentially legalized abortion in the United States. 

January is also Sanctity of Life Month. 

Fast forward some 40 years. While the argument rages on, the loss of life is staggering. More babies have been aborted than the entire population of California, which sits at 38.8 million, according to the US Census Bureau.

Although the numbers are grim, not everyone chooses abortion to manage an unwanted pregnancy. Many look to a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) for help and support. Surprisingly, there are more CPCs in Arizona than there are abortion clinics. Arizona Right to Life offers a list of the CPC’s in Arizona here.

In Prescott, the Community Pregnancy Center offers support and assistance through the entire pregnancy and afterwards, too, providing classes, supplies, mentoring and much more. On their website, they write:

"Community Pregnancy Centeroffers hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies by providing practical help and emotional support. We offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and Earn While You Learn classes (1 on 1 classes for material goods), all of which are free to the community. We also offer mentoring for couples, and a program specifically for men."

So, what is the current status of abortion today? How has the Roe v. Wade ruling affected Arizona? Here are some facts and numbers about abortion in the US, Arizona and Yavapai County.  

 

 

 
Sources:
Abortions in Arizona, Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona Right to Life

 

 

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Lynne LaMaster