How Many Abortions Happened in YOUR County in 2015?

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The annual Pennsylvania Department of Health report about abortion statistics may look like just a bunch of numbers to some people, but to those of us who are pro-life, each number represents an innocent life lost to abortion.

In 2015, Pennsylvania lost 308 fewer babies to abortion than it did in 2014, according to the report. That’s the equivalent to about twelve kindergarten classes of children whose mothers chose life.

The state statistics show 31,818 abortions occurred in the Keystone State in 2015. Over 80% of the abortions that occurred in Pennsylvania in 2015 happened in four counties: Allegheny, Dauphin, Northampton, and Philadelphia.

Below are the numbers of abortions reported, based on the county where the woman lives:

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For the full PA Department of Health report, click here.

The 2015 total represents a 51.6 percent decrease from the record high number of 65,777 in 1980 and is the fewest ever recorded in the Commonwealth.

Much work still remains. Please consider getting involved with one of our pro-life chapters in a county near you. You could help save a baby’s life. Click here to find a chapter in your area.

Understanding Abortion Numbers

Sometimes it’s hard to put abortion statistics into perspective.

Since abortion became legal across the board in 1973, our nation has lost 55 million babies. But that number can be hard to really comprehend.

Benjamin Bull, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, makes the numbers a little easier to understand with this example:

“If a number like ‘55 million’ is hard to grasp, think of it this way—if you added together the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and San Francisco, you would only have about 26.1 million people—less than half the number aborted.”

In Pennsylvania, about 37,000 abortions happen every year. That’s about 80 percent of Harrisburg’s population lost – every year! If there were 37,000 deaths in the county where I grew up, no one would be left.

Or think of abortions this way:
• Count to 24. Another baby has been aborted in the United States.
• Watch the clock for 15 minutes. Another baby has been aborted in Pennsylvania.

To see the number of abortions in Pennsylvania every year, click here.

Numbers do matter – especially when they represent the lives of people who we will never know.