Rep. Hartzler: More Americans Aborted in 2008 Than Died in 7 Wars Combined

By Melanie Arter | January 23, 2014 | 1:10pm EST


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) ( Starr)

( – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), speaking at the 40th annual March for Life on the National Mall on Wednesday, said more Americans were killed through abortion than died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Gulf War combined.

“Think about it – in 2008, more children from abortion than Americans died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Gulf War combined. This must stop!” said Hartzler, one of several House members who attended the pro-life rally, marking the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

In 2008, there were 825,564 abortions reported to the Centers for Disease Control.

According to a Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, compiled by sources at the Department of Defense and updated in 2005, there were 4,435 U.S. military personnel killed in the Revolutionary War, 116,516 in World War I, 405,399 in World War II, 36,574 in the Korean War, 58,209 in Vietnam, and 382 in the Persian Gulf War. That’s a total of 621,515 deaths from all seven wars combined.

“If lives had not been taken, perhaps we would have had a cure for cancer now or some other medical breakthrough,” said Hartzler.

“All babies are wanted. Some pregnancies are unexpected, but no baby is unwanted,” she said.

“Women who choose life for their baby and make an adoption plan for their child should be championed and supported. Not only do these courageous birth mothers enable an innocent baby to live, they turn an empty house into a home, and a household into a family. I should know,” she added.

Hartzler said she and her husband adopted a baby 14 years ago “when a brave birth mother chose us to be parents to her baby.”

“It’s a gift, we will always be eternally grateful for, and one of which we can never repay,” she said.

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