(Note: I originally posted this blog entry on TheLife.com's Talk Blog, and it's a bit outside the usual scope of my blog here, but felt it was important enough to post here anyways. I've also made some edits to the post for my own blog … have to be a bit more non-partisan on the Talk Blog …)

Planned Parenthood (whose services include "family planning, gynecological care, STI/STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and abortion") reported some shocking figures for their 2005-2006 fiscal year:

Total abortions performed: 264,943
Total income: $902.8 million
Total profit: $55.8 million

Of that $902.8 million gross income, $305.3 million came from taxpayer dollars, an increase of $32.6 million from the previous year.1

The glaring number of 264,943 abortions (roughly equivalent to the number of people who live in the city of Buffalo, New York) should encourage us to take a calm but serious look at the issue of abortion.

That, of course, is the big question: What is the unborn? As Greg Koukl says, "If the unborn are not human, no justification for elective abortion is necessary. But if the unborn are human, no justification for elective abortion is adequate." Irregardless of my Christian faith it is my contention that abortion is morally wrong and therefore should no more be allowed than any other crime. Of course, this doesn't make the issues surrounding abortion any easier, but moral decisions are rarely easy.

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