Abortion Quotes


    American Medical Association

    If our language has appeared to some strong and severe, or even intemperate, let the gentlemen pause for a moment and reflect on the importance and gravity of the subject … We had to deal with human life. In a matter of less importance we could entertain no compromise.

    The American Medical Association, 1981, in a report opposing abortion. Quoted in Marvin Olasky’s The Press and Abortion, 1838-1988

    Average Russian Woman

    According to an article by the Associated Press, the average Soviet woman has seven abortions in her lifetime.

    C. Everett Koop

    Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.

    If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will either induce labor or perform a Caesarean section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger. — C. Everett Koop, M.D., former Surgeon General of the United States.

    Change Their Life

    Percentage of women who chose an abortion because having a baby “would; change their life (job, school)”: 76 percent. Percentage who chose an abortion because of rape or incest, 1.

    Family Planning Perspectives, 7-8/88, reported in MS., 4/89.

    Diary of An UnBorn Child

    OCTOBER 5: Today my life began. My parents do not know it yet, I am
    as small as a seed of an apple, but it is I already. And I am to be a
    girl. I shall have blond hair and blue eyes. Just about everything is
    settled though, even the fact that I shall love flowers.

    OCTOBER 19: Some say that I am not a real person yet, that only my
    mother exists. But I am a real person, just as a small crumb of bread is
    yet truly bread. My mother is. And I am.

    OCTOBER 23: My mouth is just beginning to open now. Just think, in
    a year or so I shall be laughing and later talking. I know what my first
    word will be: “MAMA.”

    OCTOBER 25: My heart began to beat today all by itself. From now on
    it shall gently beat for the rest of my life without ever stopping to
    rest! And after many years it will tire. It will stop, and then I shall

    NOVEMBER 2: I am growing a bit every day. My arms and legs are
    beginning to take shape. But I have to wait a long time yet before those
    little legs will ruise me to my mother’s arms, before these little arms
    will be able to gather flowers and embrace my father.

    NOVEMBER 12: Tiny fingers are beginning to form on my hands. Funny
    how small they are! I’ll be able to stroke my mother’s hair with

    NOVEMBER 20: It wasn’t until today that the doctor told mom that I
    am living here under her heort. Oh, how happy she must be! Are you happy,

    NOVEMBER 25: My mom and dad are probably thinking about a name for
    me. But they don’t even know that I am a little girl. I want to be called
    Kathy. I am getting so big already.

    DECEMBER 10: My hair is growing. It is smooth and bright and shiny.
    I wonder what kind of hair mom has.

    DECEMBER 13: I am just about able to see. It is dark around me.
    When mom brings me into the world it will be full of sunshine and flowers.
    But what I want more than anything is to see my mom. How do you look,

    DECEMBER 24: I wonder if mom hears the whispering of my heart? Some
    children come into the world a little sick. But my heart is strong and
    healthy. It beats so evenly tup-tup tup-tup. You’ll have a healthy little
    daughter, mom!

    DECEMBER 28: Today my mother killed me.

    DNA Scientist Comments

    Sir Francis Crick, decoder of the DNA molecule, gave a lecture a few years ago entitled “The Sociological Ramifications of Biology” before University College, Cambridge.

    Among other things, this is what he said: Because of the population explosion in the face of diminishing resources, we have no recourse from the following steps:

    A. We cannot continue to regard all human life as sacred. The idea that every person has a soul and that his life must be saved at all costs should not be allowed. Instead, the status of birth and death should be reconsidered.

    B. If, for example, a child were considered to be legally born when two days old, it could be examined to see whether it was an ‘acceptable member of human society.’

    C. It might also be desirable to define a person as legally dead when he is past the age of 80 or 85, and then expensive medical equipment should be forbidden to him; old people might also be required to distribute a certain proportion of their property [at that time].

    D. It is not right that religious instruction should be given to young children. Instead they should be taught the modern scientific view of man’s place in the universe, in the world and in society, and the nature of scientific truth

    — Nature 220, Nov.1968,pp 429-430
    Sir Francis Crick, one of the discoverers of the DNA double-helix structure, stated “No newborn infant should be declared human until it has passed certain tests regarding its genetic endowments . . . If it fails these tests, it forfeits the right to live.” quoted by John and Paul Feinberg, Ethics for a Brave New World, Pg. 285, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 1993

    Famous Author Almost Aborted

    Charles McCarry can claim a varied career. In addition to being the author of The Tears of Autumn and The Last Supper, he served as assistant to the Secretary of Labor in the Eisenhower cabinet and has done two stints in the CIA. But he almost wasn’t born.

    Says McCarry, “My mother became pregnant with me at the age of 39. She had nearly died while giving birth to my only sibling. Her doctor, who believed the second pregnancy was a serious threat to her life, advised an abortion. The advice made sense, but my mother refused to accept it. Just before she died at age 97, I asked her why. She replied, “I wanted to see who you were going to turn out to be.”

    — In a letter to the Wall Street Journal, quoted in Reader’s Digest, February 1990

    Mark Russell

    Recent surveys suggest that most people who favor abortion have already been born! — Mark Russell


    A recent poll of couples in New England revealed that, if they were able to know these things in advance, 1 percent of them would abort a child on the basis of sex, 6 percent would abort a child likely to get Alzheimer’s disease, and an incredible 11 percent would abort a child predisposed to obesity.

    The Utne Reader, quoted in Signs of the Times, January, 1993, p. 6

    What Would You Recommend?

    This has been adapted from an email circulating. The known urban legends (Beethoven for example) have been removed leaving a very sparse account.


    {Ethel Waters was born on October 31, 1896. . . . Waters, a child of rape, was born to an African-American mother Louise Anderson and a white man named John Waters.}

    Consider the following situations:

    A man raped your 12-year-old daughter and she got pregnant. The area in which you live is violent and impoverished. If you were her parents, would you consider an abortion?

    A young girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiancé, is not the father of the baby, and he’s very upset. Would you consider recommending an abortion?

    In the first case you would have killed Ethel Waters, the great black singer. If you said yes to the second case, you would have just declared the murder of Jesus Christ.

    Little House on the Freeway, Tim Kimmel

    When you’re raised in the country, hunting is just a natural part of growing up. For years I enjoyed packing up my guns and some food to head off into the woods. Even more than the hunting itself, I enjoyed the way these trips always seemed to deepen my relationship with friends as we hunted during the day and talked late into the night around the campfire. When an old friend recently invited me to relive some of those days, I couldn’t pass up the chance.

    For several weeks before the trip, I had taken the time to upgrade some of my equipment and sight in my rifle. When the day came, I was ready for the hunt. What I wasn’t ready for was what my close friend, Tom, shared with me the first night out on the trail.

    I always enjoyed the time I spent with Tom. He had become a leader in his church and his warm and friendly manner had also taken him many steps along the path of business success. He had a lovely wife, and while I knew they had driven over some rocky roads in their marriage, things now seemed to be stable and growing. Tom’s kids, two daughters and a son, were struggling in junior high and high school with the normal problems of peer pressure and acceptance.

    As we rode back into the mountains, I could tell that something big was eating away at Tom’s heart. His normal effervescent style was shrouded by an overwhelming inner hurt. Normally, Tom would attack problems with the same determination that had made him a success in business. Now, I saw him wrestling with something that seemed to have knocked him to the mat for the count. Silence has a way of speaking for itself. All day and on into the evening, Tom let his lack of words shout out his inner restlessness. Finally, around the first night’s campfire, he opened up. The scenario Tom painted was annoyingly familiar. I’d heard it many times before in many other people’s lives. But the details seemed such a contract to the life that Tom and his wife lived and the beliefs they embraced. His oldest daughter had become attached to a boy at school. Shortly after they started going together, they became sexually involved. Within two months, she was pregnant. Tom’s wife discovered the truth when a packet from Planned Parenthood came in the mail addressed to her daughter. When confronted with it, the girl admitted she had requested it when she went to the clinic to find out if she was pregnant. If we totaled up the number of girls who have gotten pregnant out of wedlock during the past two hundred years of our nation’s history, the total would be in the millions. Countless parents through the years have faced the devastating news. Being a member of such a large fraternity of history, however, does not soften the severity of the blow to your heart when you discover it’s your daughter.

    Tom shared the humiliation he experienced when he realized that all of his teaching and example had been ignored. Years of spiritual training had been thrust aside. His stomach churned as he relived the emotional agony of knowing that the little girl he and his wife loved so much had made a choice that had permanently scarred her heart. I’m frequently confronted with these problems in my ministry and have found that dwelling on the promiscuous act only makes matters worse. I worship a God of forgiveness and solutions, and at that moment in our conversation I was anxious to turn toward hope and healing. I asked Tom what they had decided to do. Would they keep the baby, or put it up for adoption’

    That’s when he delivered the blow. With the fire burning low, Tom paused for a long time before answering. And even when he spoke he wouldn’t look me in the eye. “We considered the alternatives, Tim. Weighed all the options.” He took a deep breath. “We finally made an appointment with the abortion clinic. I took her down there myself.”

    I dropped the stick I’d been poking the coals with and stared at Tom. Except for the wind in the trees and the snapping of our fire it was quiet for a long time. I couldn’t believe this was the same man who for years had been so outspoken against abortion. He and his wife had even volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center in his city.

    Heartsick, I pressed him about the decision. Tom then made a statement that captured the essence of his problem…and the problem many others have in entering into genuine rest. In a mechanical voice, he said “I know what I believe, Tim, but that’s different than what I had to do. I had to make a decision that had the least amount of consequences for the people involved.”

    Just by the way he said it, I could tell my friend had rehearsed these lines over and over in his mind. And by the look in his eyes and the emptiness in his voice, I could tell his words sounded as hollow to him as they did to me.

    Little House on the Freeway, Tim Kimmel, pp. 67-70

    Saline Abortion

    “I’m a housewife and a registered nurse. I worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and when we weren’t busy, I’d go out to help with the newborns.

    “One night I saw a bassinet outside the nursery. There was a baby in this bassinet — a crying, perfectly formed baby — but there was a difference in this child. She had been scalded. She was the child of a saline abortion.

    “This little girl looked as if she had been put in a pot of boiling water. No doctor, no nurse, no parent, to comfort this hurt, burned child. She was left alone to die in pain. They wouldn’t let her in the nursery — they didn’t even bother to cover her.

    “I was ashamed of my profession that night! It’s hard to believe this can happen in our modern hospitals, but it does. It happens all the time. I thought a hospital was a place to heal the sick — not a place to kill.

    “I asked a nurse at another hospital what they do with their babies that are aborted by saline. Unlike my hospital, where the baby was left alone struggling for breath, their hospital puts the infant in a bucket and puts the lid on. Suffocation! Death by suffocation!

    “Another nurse said she had to stop helping with abortions. The little severed arms and legs from suction abortions were just too much for her to look at.

    “Aren’t you happy our moms weren’t born in this generation? It could have been one of us in that lonely bassinet — or that ugly bucket.”
    (Note: This first person report is widely available on the internet at a number of sites either politically pro-life or affiliated with some religious organization. We have removed the author’s name for the sake of anonymity and the fact that we’ve been unable to independently verify the account)


    1. Abortion is no more purely a medical problem just because the physician wields the curette than chemical warfare is purely a problem for pilots because they press the lever releasing the chemical. — E. Fuller Torrey
    2. taken from Abortion, (Dallas, TX: Christian Medical & Dental Society Journal, Summer, 1976, Vol VII, Number 3), quoted in Sanctity of Life, C. Swindoll, p. 10.
    3. In Germany, they first came for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time, there was no one left to speak up. — Martin Niemoller
    4. “Not of enormous importance, as only about 13,000 of the nation’s 1.5 million abortions each year are performed after 20 weeks of gestation.” — The New York Times on D&X abortions, during which an unborn or partially-born child’s brain is suctioned out. Quoted in World, Sept 9, 1995.
    5. When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged. — Susan B. Anthony Quoted in Good News, July/August, 1994
    6. Medical authorities determine a person to be “alive” if there is either a detectable heartbeat or brain-wave activity. With that in mind, it is eye-opening for some to realize that unborn children have detectable heartbeats at eighteen days (two and one-half weeks) after conception and detectable brain-wave activity forty days (a little over five and one-half weeks) after conception. What is so shocking is that essentially 100 percent of all abortions occur after the seventh week of pregnancy.

    Why are children aborted? The Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) states: * 1% are victims of incest or rape * 1% had fetal abnormalities * 4% had a doctor who said their health would worsen if they continued the pregnancy * 50% said they didn’t want to be a single parent or they had problems in current relationships * 66% stated they could not afford a child *75% said the child would interfere with their lives.

    How many children are aborted? Worldwide, 55 million unborn children are killed every year. Around the world, every day 150,685 children are killed by abortion; every hour, 6278; and every minute, 105. Those are the reported cases. If you are an American citizen, no doubt your greatest interest is in your own nation, as is mine. Let me break the abortions down to a national statistic: 1,600,000 babies are aborted in these United States every year. Per day, that’s 4,383; per hour, that’s 183; per minute, there are 3.

    C. Everett Koop, M.D., formerly the Surgeon General, states that during his 35-plus years of practicing medicine, “Never once did a case come across my practice where abortion was necessary to save a mother’s life.”

    — all the quotes above are from “Sanctity of Life”, Swindoll, 1990

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