Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Sad Reminder

I don't mean to continue to harp incessantly on the topic, but numbers this stark can serve as a reminder that as we enjoy this holiday season, we must remember and continue to speak for those who will not ever be able to.

As the year ends, many year-end statistics, sometimes from the year prior, are becoming available and this one speaks for itself:

[In 2005] 122,725 babies were born in New York City.

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The number of reported abortions in the city was ... 88,891 in 2005.


What more can be said? What more could the future of New York City offer with the added influx of human capital provided by nearly 100,000 more residents each year?

By way of comparison, since the war in Iraq began, 2,979 American soldiers and up to 57,368 Iraqis have been killed. These lives lost are just as frustrating and worthwhile as those lost here in the States, but the numbers themselves do pale compared to the grim statistics reported above.

2 comments:

abraham said...

Get over it, Westy. AIDS in Africa is so hot right now.

Chairman said...

I know that you wouldn't want to leave anything hanging, so I'll just chime in to say that it should be "up to 57368 + 1" any time now :-)