The Cost of a Life

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55 Million.

That’s the estimated number of children lost to abortion in the United States since the passing of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973.

And that number does not include the countless number of abortions due to RU-486 (the morning after pill) and other abortifacients.

But 55 million lost babies ought to be enough to make us stop in our tracks and at least consider…the cost.

What is the cost of a life?


As the baby-boomer generation retires, as the future of the Social Security program is in jeopardy, one can’t wonder how 55 million more tax payers into the “system” would impact the economy of our struggling nation.

Does that sound cold? Does that sound callous? Unspiritual? Something unexpected from a pastor? What about the moral side of 55 million deaths? And I would dare to bring economics into the equation?


But my argument would be simple. The moral travesty of a 55 million person holocaust in our own nation seems to have not phased the sensibilities of the pro-abortion crowd. Since, in my opinion, abortion is driven by selfish motivation on the part of the mother / boyfriend / family, then perhaps appealing to that selfishness will communicate. Nothing strikes closer to home than the ol’ pocket book. Maybe if there is a real threat that “I might not get mine,” when it comes time to retire, that “somebody” needs to be around to “pay my portion,” then perhaps that will change attitudes.

55 million paychecks equate to a lot of tax money. A lot of money in that line item designated FICA aka, Social Security. It’s odd and ironic at the same time that legalized abortion is having an adverse impact on the security of our society.


The average cost of an abortion is about $450.

In reality the cost is much higher.

As an advocate for adoption, I find it incredibly hard to digest that a life on one hand is worth $450, but on the other hand it can be $40,000+. At least that’s what it cost our family financially to adopt our PRICELESS daughter.

Yes, something is horribly wrong.

The economics of abortion, however, only offer a hint of something far greater and more costly that is afoot around us all.

Norma McCorvey, the real life “Jane Roe,” for whom the law is named, is today a pro-life advocate dedicated to overturning the very law that bears her name. She explains that her attorneys, “never told me that what I was signing would allow women to come up to me 15, 20 years later and say, ‘Thank you for allowing me to have my five or six abortions. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible. (They) never mentioned women using abortions as a form of birth control. We talked about truly desperate and needy women, not women already wearing maternity clothes.’”

She is not the only victim of the abortion industry. Countless women carry deep and massive scars of remorse and guilt over children that they have lost…at their own hands. These are the forgotten victims of abortion. Millions of women. Millions of mothers.

And the cost goes up.


Statistically speaking at least 33% of all women in the United States will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45. This means that sitting in our churches are women…MANY women, who cringe inside and die all over again every time abortion is railed against from the pulpit.

These are our sisters in Christ.

And they suffer in the pew right next to us… in silence. Because no one knows that when they were a teenager, they snuck away to a clinic in the next county to have things “taken care of.” No one ever bothered to tell them of the cost of that life. The true cost that demands payment each and every day.

Should the church champion the pro-life cause? Absolutely. But more than ever we must realize that the grace of Christ covers all sin. That there is healing for all wounds. And that because of Jesus, mother and child can be together again.

What exactly is the cost of life? More than we ever imagined or were told.

Just ask Jesus, he knows….


One response to “The Cost of a Life”

  1. Veritas says :

    RU-486 is not the morning after pill. RU-486 is the abortion pill. There is a difference.

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