Philadelphiaâ€™s reputation as a town where death rules daily remains unchallenged in the state of Pennsylvania as its abortion clinics and cooperating hospitals reported a 2010 record number of â€œhappy no birthdayâ€ celebrations: 23,091.
The Commonwealth, including the Philadelphia total, reported for the same period 177,587 births, with abortions performed on 20% of the fetuses, resulting in a total of 35,227 coming to an untimely end. Of the 103,481 conceptions reported throughout the Commonwealth, only 73,411 survived the abortion mills.
The overwhelming numbers of abortions were performed in the Planned Parenthood clinics at its Comley Road and Center City sites in Philadelphia, Warminster and West Chester. Einstein, the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospitals accounted for the bulk of hospital performed abortions, totaling 622. The other Philadelphia hospitals registered 12 abortions or less.
This picture could be drastically changed if a case before the federal Court of Appeals seeking to defund Planned Parenthood proves successful. At issue is an Arizona law barring public funding for abortion clinics and doctors.
While the Obama Administration is siding with Planned Parenthood — the President praised its service in Tuesday nightâ€™s debate — in arguing a new Arizona law allegedly violates federal Medicaid requirements, the Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief siding with the Stateâ€™s rights to preserve and protect the life of the preborn child. Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.
â€œThe District Court properly upheld the legislatureâ€™s actions and this Court should affirm the District Courtâ€™s decision,â€ Liberty Counselâ€™s brief says. Since the Supreme Courtâ€™s 1973 abortion decisions, â€œadvances in medical science have established the truth of the pre-20th-century view of the unborn child as fully, not merely â€˜potentially,â€™ human,â€ Liberty Counsel told the court.
In a similar case, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Texas can cut funds to abortion providers.
â€œTaxpayers should never be forced to violate their conscience and fund any abortion organization,â€ said Matt Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. â€œIn America, a preborn child is killed in the womb every 20 seconds. Planned Parenthood, the nationâ€™s top abortion provider, takes the life of a preborn baby every 96 seconds. This is the modern holocaust and it must stop,â€ said Staver.
The US Government Accountability Office reported from 2002-2009, pro-abortion groups received over $1 billion from the federal government, plus state and local grants. Planned Parenthood alone received $657.1 million in federal grants and contracts during that time period.
Abortions have continued to rise along with the rise of out-of-wedlock pregnancies. Sixty-four percent of the children born in this city in 2010 were born out of wedlock. Records show births out of wedlock rose from 4,219 in 1960 to a high of over 17,000 in 1992 and after that have ranged in the 15,000s to 2010â€™s 14,965.
If unwed parenthood is caused in part by a decline in the American institution of marriage, perhaps a trip to Asia will help. The US Census Bureau reports the percentage of foreign-born US residents from Asia who were married was higher (65.8%) than for the native-born (46.5%).