Seven percent of 14 to 17 years old teen girls who become pregnant have been impregnated by an adult. This statistic, drawn from a late 1980’s study in Phoenix, caught my eye the other day. It surprised me that it was so high 26 years ago. Teens today are much more sexually active than they were back then and they start at an earlier age so the figure is probably much higher now. Maybe the proportion is the same even if the numbers are higher, but I doubt it.
I could not find the exact number of children in the age group 14 to 17 in a quick search, but the number of females ages 15 to 19 in the U.S. totals 10,700,000. Applying the numbers to this age group should give us some insight into the problem. Black teens in this age group become pregnant at the rate of 41 per 1000. For all ethnic groups the rate is 18 per 1000. Since there are 1,348,200 black female teens, the number who become pregnant is about 55,000. For the remaining teens in this age group the total pregnancies is approximate 137,000, making the total pregnancies for both groups about 192,000. In order to get an equivalent approximation, we have to reduce this figure by 1/5 leaving approximate total pregnancies for the 14 to 17 year age group of 153,000. Seven percent of this is 10,710.
That’s 10,710 teen girls in just this age group just this past year who were impregnated by an adult. Of course that’s a small fraction of the children in that age group who are being abused in any given year. And this is only one small segment of the total child population who actually became pregnant. How many of these girls seek abortions, we don’t know. But we suspect it’s substantial because the adult abusers have an interest in making sure that physical evidence of their crime is not left walking around. Planned Parenthood reportedly welcomes these girls.
Studies by pro-life groups “Live Action” and “Life Dynamics” have conducted undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood’s handling of children who come in for abortions and who report that the father of the baby is an adult. Both groups found that the majority of Planned Parenthood facilities will advise the teens what to say and not say in order to avoid the possibility that the police or child and family services is brought in to investigate. See their findings here and here.
Here’s a quote from the Life Dynamics, a group that contacted hundreds of Planned Parenthood clinics:
“Our caller portrayed a 13-year-old girl who was pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. Her story was that she wanted an abortion because she and her boyfriend did not want her parents to find out about the sexual relationship. In every call the ages of the girl and her boyfriend were made perfectly clear. It was also made clear that the motivation for the abortion was to conceal this illicit sexual activity from the girl’s parents and the authorities. Additionally, our caller never said a single thing that might suggest that her parents would become abusive if they discovered her sexual activity.
“The results of this survey were appalling. Even though many of these clinic workers openly acknowledged to our caller that this situation was illegal and that they were required to report it to the state, the overwhelming majority readily agreed to conceal this illegal sexual activity.”
Overall, abortions have been declining since 2000, but it’s still a huge number. In 2011, the latest year available, there were an estimated 1.06 million abortions performed in the United States, bringing the total to about 50,000,000 since the Roe decision. This is a terrible loss of humanity. (By way of comparison, the total American military losses in all of our wars and conflicts in our 237 year history is 1,321,612, so 50 million in 40 years is a catastrophic loss of life.)
But forget about the adult clients of Planned Parenthood for just a minute. After all, adults can take responsibility for their own actions. It’s the children I’m concerned about. Although I care about the children who adults abort, that’s a battle for another day.
My most immediate concern is for the teenage girls, especially those who are visiting abortion clinics because a predator has made them pregnant. It’s very clear that Planned Parenthood, and probably other abortion clinics, is not adequately protecting these children. In fact, more often than not, they are turning a blind eye to the abuse. How many of the clients of Planned Parenthood in these last 40 years were victims of sexual abuse? We have no way of knowing. But you can be sure that it was hundreds of thousands.
So why does our government continue to hand over $500,000,000 a year to Planned Parenthood? I guess being a predator’s accomplice is no big deal.