thetruth.com and the truth

The next time you see an anti-smoking commercial from thetruth.com, consider the following sobering comparisons between the effects of smoking and abortion.  This isn’t a plug for big tobacco.  This is simply laying out the facts to see which side this nation ought to be concerned about.  The lines in regular font are taken directly from thetruth.com, and the bold print are my figures based on some internet research.  One of the base-line figures I worked with is the total number of abortions performed since Roe v. Wade in 1973. 

In the U.S., about 50,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related diseases.

In the US, about 1.3 million people die each year from abortion doctor-related encounters.

In the U.S., 1200 people die every day from tobacco related disease.

In the US, 3800 people die every day from an abortion clinic-related encounter. 

In the U.S., smoking results in 5.1 million years of potential life lost each year.

Given the CDC’s figures of average life expectancy in America, abortion results in 101.4 million years of potential life lost each year.

Smoking causes impaired lung growth during childhood and adolescence.

Abortion causes lack of life during childhood and adolescence.

Since 1964, there have been 94,000 tobacco-related fetal and infant deaths in the U.S.

Since 1973, there have been approximately 50,000,000 fetal deaths alone due to abortion.

Cigarette smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.

Aborted children are 100% less likely to develop lung cancer than non-aborted children.

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

…unless, of course, one includes abortion as a source of preventable death. 

In the U.S., 3,400 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.

In the US, 1300 maternal deaths are directly attributable to encounters with abortion clinics.  (This number doesn’t reflect maternal deaths linked to complications days, months or years resulting from an abortion.) 

If current trends continue, by the year 2020, tobacco is projected to kill about 7 million people a year worldwide.

Given current figures now, abortion kills 42 million people worldwide.

In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.

In the 1992 case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, the court’s ruling essentially gave a green light to minors who wanted to secure an abortion without parental consent.  So… be 14 and buy cigarettes?  Bad.  Be 14 and decide for yourself to have an abortion?  Good. 

Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy double the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Maternal vists during pregnancy to an abortion clinic and exposure to an abortion doctor increases the child’s risk of Sudden Fetal Death Syndrome to almost 100%. 

In 2006, U.S. consumers spent an estimated $90.7 billion on tobacco products.

In 2004, Planned Parenthood alone took in $288.2 million from Clinic Operation from US “consumers” and another $254.4 million was from taxpayer dollars.

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