22 Million U.S. Women Can’t Celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’

March 8th, 2018 2:25 PM

As many in the liberal media recognize International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, here's a number they’ll likely overlook: 22 million women missing in the United States due to abortion.

On Thursday, the media rightly celebrated International Women’s Day. But when many in the media say “women,” they don’t mean every women. All too often, they not only exclude pro-life women, but also blatantly disregard the millions of women violently destroyed in the womb. Just look at the the discrepancy of coverage between events like the Women’s March and the March for Life.

According to data from the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has performed more than 45 million abortions from 1970, when New York and three other states legalized abortion, to 2014, the most recent year for which the CDC has published abortion numbers.

Since women make up roughly 49% of the U.S. birthrate population, that means more than 22 million women are missing today because their lives were cut short by abortion. And that’s not even accounting for the sex-selective abortions that target unborn baby girls in this country.

To put that in perspective, 22 million makes more than twice the population of New York City and even more than the entire state of New York. It’s more people than the population of countries like Cuba (11.5 million), Switzerland (8.5 million), Ireland (4.8 million) and just 2.5 million fewer than Australia (24.5 million).

While the CDC reports more than 45 million abortions from 1970 to 2014, that number is very conservative. Central health agencies voluntarily provide abortion information, and many states refuse to participate. In the the most recent CDC report released in 2017 for the year 2014 (there’s a lag), California, Maryland, and New Hampshire declined to submit abortion numbers. In fact, California hasn’t reported numbers since 1998 – and could arguably perform more abortions than any other state because of its size and population.

As America’s largest abortion provider, taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood also plays a role. The abortion giant has committed roughly 7.6 million abortions since 1973, the year the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in this country.

Number of U.S. Abortions Reported to CDC 1970 – 2014:


49% OF TOTAL: 22,184,055 U.S. WOMEN ABORTED

Methodology: MRC Culture used Table 2 from the 2005 CDC Abortion Surveillance Report for the years 1970 to 2005. For 2006 to 2014, MRC Culture looked at each year’s individual CDC Abortion Surveillance Report.