Roe’s Multiplier Effect

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This year’s marking of the 40th anniversary Roe v. Wade included, naturally, much regret over the growing death toll caused by the scourge of abortion. The number is now over 55 million. That’s 55 million abortions of children who never became Americans.

That number, however, doesn’t begin to do justice to the total loss. 40 years of Roe v. Wade now equates to the loss of multiple generations of Americans, thus producing an even worse multiplier effect, one that must be considered in counting up the casualties. Think about it:

A huge number of those 55 million would have gone on to have their own children. Those aborted in 1973, would be 40 years old this year. Some of them would even have grandchildren.

peopleIn fact, just imagine—a conservative estimate—if those 55 million abortions had all been born, and, in turn, had each produced, on average, just one or two or three or four descendants. If that had happened, there would be another 100 to 200 million Americans right now.

To be sure, there are some secular progressives who, believe it or not, don’t think of that loss as a bad thing. They hear those numbers and picture mostly negatives: overpopulation, a drain on the environment, more polluters, a further depletion of precious natural resources, more mouths to redistribute income to, more poverty and deprivation, more kids raised in bad families, and woe upon woe.

But I prefer more optimistic thinking.

Try to picture, try to imagine, the faces and personalities of those missing Americans. Which entertainers or musicians or actors were never born? Which politicians? Which NFL or Major League Baseball or NBA or NHL players? Which Olympians? Which writers and scientists and poets and civil-rights leaders? Which Nobel or Pulitzer winners? Which researcher, perhaps, who might be on the cusp of a cure for AIDS or breast cancer?

Well, those people don’t exist. This is the Death Culture. It kills. Roe v. Wade has had a lethal multiplier effect that literally only God alone can fathom.

For Catholic Exchange and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • wbarquez

    Does that mean that those who were responsible for the policy that paved the way to this American Holocaust would spend 55 million years in the cleansing fires of Purgatory?

  • James H, London

    I still remember Mother Teresa’s (rather crusty) reply to a journalist who asked why God hadn’t sent someone to find a cure for AIDS: she allegedly said, ‘He did, but they were aborted!’

  • drea916

    But liberals would say that most of those aborted would have more likely have turned out to be poor and/or criminals, so it was better that they were aborted. I think it was the book Freakonomics that had a chapter on this. I’m prolife, but we have to know our enemies way of thinking. (Though I agree with the article.)

  • Annamarie

    I think I may have heard somewhere in the dusty past something about this book, “Freakonomics.” However, I have never read it. Could you sum it up for me while I check for it? By the way, I, too, am rabidly prolife, in all senses of the word!

  • dan g.

    Purgatory? Not Hell?

  • m.m.

    I’ve thought about this, too. But, we also must accept as a fact that many people use contraception and sterilization. So a woman who never intended to raise more than 2 children might have aborted her first pregnancy only to give birth to the following 2. However, had she not aborted her first baby she might have only had 2, then gotten a tubal ligation. So the overall population ends up being the same.

    Also this picture of faces seems to be a little biased. How many african americans are aborted? I see is about 20 white faces portrayed in that collage… We need to also face realities about the nature of abortion demographics. How did a picture like that become associated as a representation of all the souls lost to abortion?