Every Child Should be Wanted
(Wanted children are less likely to be abused)


Reported Child Abuse1

1973 167,000
1980 785,100
1987 2,025,200
2000 1,726,000

  1. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Center of Child Abuse & Neglect; National Analysis of Official Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

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Abortion proponents often justify abortion because of the claim that every child should be wanted. They also claim that wanted children are less likely to be abused than those who are "unwanted." However, child abuse statistics show that since abortion was legalized in 1973, child abuse has risen dramatically, although over one million unwanted children are aborted every year. Maybe the callous attitude fostered by the prevalence of abortion have contributed to the child abuse problem? A recent study shows that those mothers who have a prior history of abortion, in fact, abuse their children more than those who do not have a history of abortion.2

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  1. Child Maltreatment 2000 Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002.

  2. Coleman, P. K., V. M. Rue, C. T. Coyle, C. D. Maxey. 2007. Induced Abortion and Child-Directed Aggression Among Mothers of Maltreated Children. The Internet Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatology: 6, No. 2.

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