Wooden crosses and abortion statistics

Fall is officially here. The leaves are changing color, the weather is cooling down, football season started, there’s pumpkin spice flavored everything, and…..pro-life activists are gearing up for anti-abortion events???

Our county’s chapter for the Wisconsin Right to Life kicked off the season by erecting a couple thousand wooden crosses to signify the average number of abortions performed daily.  Normally the yearly display is on the Catholic Church lawn, but this year they’ve chosen the empty lot next to my work place. So five days a week I’ll, unfortunately, have to see it and be reminded that soon pro-life groups will soon be holding the 40 Days for Life and the Life Chain. …As if the life crusaders across the country didn’t already have a platform to harass people and subject them to their anti-abortion agenda through protesting and sidewalk counseling outside of abortion providers and women’s healthcare centers…

Jackson County Right to Life volunteers setting up their yearly display of a couple thousand white crosses to represent the number of abortions performed every day in the United States.

There is one thing I did notice about the display: the number of crosses.

The Jackson County Right to Life, which regular clinic protester Sam Faust is the chairman for, posted that they needed help setting up 3,000 crosses to “represent the 3,000 little ones that lose their lives to abortion each day in our country”. The main group, Wisconsin Right to Life, states on its “Fast Facts” that 3,300 abortions are performed every day while it’s “Abortion Statistics” section states 2,900 abortions are performed every day. One of the clinic protesters, who also participated in setting up these crosses, consistently berates on Facebook that “OVER 3,500 of God’s precious children are being SLAUGHTERED each day!”

However, the sign next to this pro-life display states that there are 2,500 crosses while another sign explains “This many babies are killed by abortion every day in the USA.”

Wow, I thought the pro-life movement gave a lot of conflicting information, but this is ridiculous! It’s fairly common for advocates to give out anti-abortion information that has been discredited or debated, but apparently they can’t even agree on what numbers to use and just give all of them!

What gives? Each number is an average based on a different source.

The vocal protester gets his number of “over 3,500” by taking the 58,000,000+ abortions many pro-life groups claim have been performed since Roe V Wade.

Wisconsin Right to Life likely bases their number of 3,300 daily abortions from 1,200,000, the number many pro-life groups and advocates commonly state as being the number of abortions performed yearly. The other number of 2,900 daily abortions matches the Guttmacher Institute reporting that 1,060,000 abortions were performed in 2011.

The Jackson County Right to Life possibly bases its original number of 3,000 abortions per day on WRTL claiming on its Abortion Statistics page that 1,100,000 abortions are performed every year.

What’s interesting is that this year’s display of 2,500 crosses shows is correct according to the latest facts. (Points for a pro-life group actually being accurate on something for once!) Guttmacher reported that in 2014, the most recent year it has a report, that 926,200 abortions were performed, which would make the daily average 2,537.

But with all the different numbers being thrown around, it took some research to determine what was actually right and where they possibly got their sources from. It goes to show that the pro-life movement isn’t all that accurate when it comes to facts.