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Abortion rates down, but continue in Texas

Nov. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

What can we do to stop the killing of innocent babies from Victoria?

In Victoria County, in the latest abortion statistics, 135 babies were brutally killed in Planned Parenthood's abortion centers. If we can take any solace in those terrible figures, it is that the abortions are down from 169 in 2007.

By age: Nineteen of the mothers were under the age of 15. Forty-seven of the mothers were between 15 and 19 years.

If any of these young mothers were forced in any way to have the abortion, then that was a crime under United States law. Such threats would include saying they would be kicked out of the house or that their opinion did not matter.

Forty of the mothers were of college age, 20-24.

Fifteen were between 25-29.

Seven were between 30-34.

Seven were between 35-40.

By race, three were of Asian descent, 66 of the mothers were Hispanic, 59 of the mothers were Caucasian, six were black, and one's ethnicity was unknown.

In Texas, there were 77,850 babies killed by abortion in 2009. This is down from the 81,079 killed in 2007 - that is 3,229 fewer babies killed.

There is a bill before the Ohio and Kansas legislatures that would make it illegal to kill a baby with a heart beat. It is called the "Heart Beat Bill," and let us pray that it passes.

William Paul Tasin, Victoria

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