The number of abortions performed in the United States since 1973 is staggering. Consider the following three facts, provided by the November/December bulletin of Priests for Life:

• 43% of women will have had at least one abortion by the age of 45, according to the Web site of the Alan Guttmacher Institute.

• The National Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., stretches 492 feet and lists the names of the 58,022 known Americans killed in that war. If such a wall listed the names of the children killed by abortion since 1973, the wall would be about 60 miles long.

• The casualties of all wars involving the U.S. put together are fewer than the casualties from abortion in a single year.