Roe + 42 = 26 states

New Hampshire’s Sister Mary Rose Reddy of was in Concord this week to speak at a gathering of Catholics wanting to know more about effective legislative advocacy. She offered a statistic to put the deaths from legal abortion into perspective: the number of American abortions since the Roe v. Wade decision forty-two years ago is equal to the population of twenty-six U.S. states.

She assumes 57,500,000 abortions since 1973.  (Without accurate state-by-state tracking of abortions, that can only be an estimate; even the Centers for Disease Control can’t pin down the number.) She then adds up the population of 26 states according to the 2010 census, getting a total of 54,913,898.

Quibble over the number of abortions if you’re so inclined; the scale of the carnage is still hard to comprehend.

(The states tallied: AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, IA, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OK, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV, WY.)