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I interrupted a pro-life versus pro-choice argument as I was clicking through the channels last night. It dawned on me that I really don't know much about each side, so I did a little research.
The average number of abortions per year clocks in around 850,000, with 170,000 of that number performed because the pregnancy would threaten the mother's health.
So that equates to 580,000 per year left to inconvenience. And over the last 10 years, it equates to 5.5 million Americans killed before they were born.
My first reaction is, so what? None of that involves me. But then again, maybe it does.
My second thought: Of those 5.5 million denied their chance at life, could there have been a special five or six who would grow up to be the next brilliant inventor, scientist or doctor?
I wondered if the next ultra-battery capable of running a car for hundreds of miles was never developed. Was a super-clean source of energy lost?
Then an idea struck me. Could the cure for the common cold have died with the millions of deaths above? Strike that, make that the cure for breast cancer.
Wow, just think--in the name of women's choice, the cure for breast cancer was aborted.
It's all a guess in the dark and fodder for the next cable news screeching match, but for me it seems I may have been affected in some way.
Maybe my loss is no more than a good murder mystery never written or a new flashlight. That's nothing compared to the millions whose lives were counted in weeks.