The number one cause of death in America is abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at over 54.5 million since abortion was legalized in all 50 states by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions on January 22, 1973.1
43% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% identify themselves as Catholic.
At current rates, one in three women will have at least one abortion by age 45.2
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S. According to its most recent annual report (2009–2010), 329,445 babies were aborted in its facilities during the fiscal year.3 This was done with $487 million in federal, state and local taxpayer funding.4
At the same time, Planned Parenthood made just 841 adoption referrals and helped only 31,098 women with prenatal care services—a tiny fraction compared with the number of abortions it performed.3 Planned Parenthood, like most “women’s health” clinics reveals by the statistics in its own annual report that its true agenda is to perform as many abortions as possible, not provide true family planning services or offer legitimate choices to women in need.
In the U.S., the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and its companion decision, Doe v. Bolton, make it legal to abort an unborn baby up until the day of birth for any reason.2
Although the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in 2007, this late-term abortion procedure may still be performed. During a partial birth abortion, also called a dilation and extraction (D & X) procedure, babies are “partially birthed” so that the head is still inside the mother, but the body is outside the birth canal. While in this position, the skull is crushed and brains sucked out, thereby killing the baby. The baby receives no anesthesia and suffers through this horrific, inhumane procedure until death claims him or her.
According to the article “The Vagueness of Partial-Birth Abortion Bans: Deconstruction or Destruction?” by Maureen L. Rurka in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, the United States is the only country in the world where it is still legal for a woman to obtain a partial birth abortion. The procedure is allowed if continuing the pregnancy “jeopardizes the woman’s health” however, Doe v. Bolton defines a woman’s “health” to include mental health, spiritual health, age, and well-being in addition to her physical health.2 This has the practical effect of allowing a late-term abortion procedure if a child is considered an inconvenience, since the mother could claim that it would effect her “health”.
Abortion in Hawai’i
In 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, a total of 3,342 elective abortions were performed in Hawai‘i.6
Abortion affects women of all races and ethnicities. In Hawai‘i, among mothers who chose abortion in 2009, 19% were Caucasian, 17% were Native Hawaiian, 13% were Filipina, 6% were Japanese, 4% were Chinese (mixed/other/unknown accounted for the remaining percentage).6
In 2009, most abortions in Hawai‘i, 77%, were performed for residents of Honolulu County followed by Hawai‘i County, 10%, Maui County, 8% and Kaua’i County, 4%.7
As of 2005, there were 39 abortion providers throughout the state.4 Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in Hawai‘i, with locations on O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai‘i (the Big Island).
Hawai‘i has no informed consent for mothers considering abortion or parental involvement law for parents of minor girls seeking abortions.5
The state maintains a “Freedom of Choice Act.” The Act mandates the right to abortion even if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, specifically providing that “[t]he State shall not deny or interfere with a female’s right to choose or obtain an abortion of a nonviable fetus or an abortion that is necessary to protect the life or health of the female.”5
Hawaiian taxpayers are required to pay for “medically necessary” abortions for women receiving state medical assistance (through Medicaid/QUEST).5
Hawai‘i maintains no enforceable abortion clinic regulations, but only licensed physicians, surgeons, or licensed osteopathic physicians or surgeons may perform abortions.5
Hawai‘i allows a pharmacist to provide emergency contraception (such as Plan B) to women without a prescription, provided the pharmacist has a collaborative therapy agreement with a licensed physician.5
Hawai‘i offers “Choose Life” license plates, the proceeds of which benefit Aloha Pregnancy Care & Counseling Centers (non-profit pregnancy resource centers).5
The state has an enforceable abortion reporting law, but does not require the reporting of information to the Centers for Disease Control.5
Health insurance plans that provide prescription coverage must also provide coverage for contraception. An exemption exists for religious employers.5
- National Right to Life Committee, “Abortion Statistics: United States Data and Trends”, January 2012, http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/statsre.jpg (accessed February 3, 2012).
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Annual Report 2009-2010, p. 5, http://issuu.com/actionfund/docs/ppfa_financials_2010_122711_web_vf?mode=window&viewMode=doublePage (accessed February 3, 2012).
- Ibid, p. 8.
- State of Hawaii Department of Health Vital Statistics “Table 33: Elective Abortions by Place of Occurrence and Residence of Patient 2009″, http://hawaii.gov/health/statistics/vital-statistics/vr_09/abort.pdf (accessed February 3, 2012).
- State of Hawaii Department of Health Vital Statistics “Table 34: Abortions by Age and Ethnicity of Patient 2009″, http://hawaii.gov/health/statistics/vital-statistics/vr_09/abort.pdf (accessed February 3, 2012).
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