Print Edition: March 8, 2015
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Facts of Life
BY Jim Cosgrove
Women who have an abortion are five times more likely to report subsequent substance abuse compared to women who carry to term , according to a new study, the 16th published study connecting a history of abortion to subsequent drug or alcohol abuse. Each year, in the United States alone, there are at least 150,000 new cases of abortion-related substance abuse. The actual number could be as high as 500,000 cases per year, researchers found.
FACTS of LIFE
BY Jim Cosgrove
Pope John Paul II speaks of today's culture as a culture of death, pointing to abortion and capital punishment as examples of how death is used as an answer to problems. But as the Priests for Life point out in their November/December newsletter, abortion is by far the most prevalent offender.
• There have been 4,381 executions from 1930 until Feb. of this year. There were none in the 1968-1976 period.
• Since the early 1600's, in what is now the United States, an estimated 18,645 people have been executed.
• According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, in 1996 alone there were 1.37 million abortions in the United States alone. That's 3,753 per day, one every 23 seconds.
• The entire number of deaths by capital punishment, for our entire history, is less than the number of deaths by abortion every five days.
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