This week marks the fortieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that protected the legality of infanticide and trampled upon the rights of the unborn. In the Reagan administration, the third Sunday of January was named as the “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.”

You’ll never hear it reported that way, though. It’s always Roe v Wade or “women’s rights” or legalized abortion. Humankind has always preferred to use euphemisms to hide the ugliness of what he is discussing. If we pull back the veil of political correctness, abortion has murdered 50 million babies in our nation alone in the last forty years.

Having a hard time visualizing 50 million? Stalin said that “a single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” We have a hard time understanding just how bad this is, but some numbers might help us out. A church in Mississippi built a structure to hold 50 million pennies, one for each life cut short.

The population of our country is 311 million. The number of abortions is the equivalent to 16% of our country. Tennessee has 6.4 million residents. Tennessee would have to disappear almost 8 times to generate the same impact on the nation as legalized abortion.

If you combined the populations of Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, you’d come up just shy of the number of children aborted.

As people who speak truth and love, and who look out for orphans and widows, we need to be active in our support of this group of innocent victims. Consider helping financially support our children’s homes. They provide a great option for mothers who are scared and unprepared. Get involved with our local CareNet crisis pregnancy center. They provide medical care, counseling, classes, and basic supplies for moms in need.

You and I may not be able to stop the madness—but at the very least, we can be a voice of reason in the midst of it.