At one of my most recent “Students for Life” meetings, the question was asked “What does the statement 1 in 3 people are aborted mean to you?”.

While my field of study is political science and economics, one area I am interested in is technology and innovation. I enjoy reading about new discoveries in technology and other ‘Popular Science” type things, so it got me thinking, what is the impact of 1 in 3 people being aborted?

First, let’s look at the anecdotal evidence. It’s estimated that about 54 million people have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. Each one of those children could have invented some great new device or medicine which could have improved our lives. For example, Steve Jobs, one of the greatest inventors of the modern era, was born in 1955, 18 years before Roe V. Wade. His inventions revolutionized the computer and phone world and improved many lives. He was also adopted, meaning it is conceivable he could have been aborted.
Imagine what the world would be like if we had 33 percent more inventors, scientists, doctors or musicians. Think about all the good music that will never be made by even just 10 or 15 of those aborted children. Blues musician Bo Diddley was born in 1928 to a poor family and was eventually adopted. Those two facts would make him more likely to have been aborted if he had been born about 50 years later. Luckily for blues music lovers, he was given the chance of life and produced many great works.

Lebron James is one of the greatest basketball players of his time (as much as he irritates me!). He too was born to difficult situations but was given a chance to live. Lebron’s mother, Gloria, became pregnant with Lebron when she was only 16. Lebron’s father left the family, leaving Gloria to raise Lebron on her own. Now think about how much more fun the NBA would be if we had more Lebron James’ and the play was even more competitive. What if abortion had existed as widely in the 1940’s as today? How long would we have had to wait for someone that could dunk? Would the All-Star games be as fun if we didn’t have athletes good enough to run the score up past 100 points?

It’s simple math really; the more people the higher the chances that one or two will go on to produce something life changing. Even those that don’t produce something of great importance will still be contributing members to society and help out in one way or other. Perhaps the blighted community was deprived of the people that would have taken a real interest in cleaning up the community and improving the lives of the community’s residents.

The most ironic part about the availability of abortion, is that it could be what sinks one of the Democrat’s prime achievements, Social Security. While the argument could be made that eventually low birth rates will even out as the workers become retirees and need less workers to support themselves, without major reforms, Social Security could go bust before that ever happens. In 1950, the ratio of workers to beneficiaries was 16.5:1 a pretty robust number. By 1965 the ratio was 4:1, again, a fairly health number. By the 90’s, when babies that should have been born in the 70’s would have started entering the workforce, the ratio had fallen to 3.3 workers to every beneficiaries. Right now Social Security can tread water because there are still enough workers born before 1973 who are in the workforce who can help sustain Social Security, but not before long. In 20 years, almost all the people who were born before 1973 will be starting to retire if they have not already. Systems like Social Security and other public pensions are based on their being workers behind retirees to help fund the pensions. But as less children are born, less public school teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators are needed, so less people pay in to a system designed on birth rates pre-legalized abortion.

Lost in all the rhetoric of the pro-life vs pro-choice debates is the fact that every single child has value by virtue of being a human being. Each child has the potential to be the next great chemist, biologist or nuclear physicist. Each child could be the next great writer or the next great musician, ready to use their talents to make book lovers and music lovers lives a little better. What potential are we throwing away each time we allow one more child to be killed by the abortion complex? A human life is a terrible thing to waste.

Matthew Lamb | Loyola University | @mlmb24