I Googled ‘55 Million.’ Here Is What I Found.


When the Drudge Report linked Kristen Hawkins’ piece about being “overwhelmed” by the 55 million deaths of unborn children since Roe v. Wade became law in 1973, it had the intended effect. For me, anyway.

55 million

It’s hard to believe: 55 million people who should be here, aren’t.

So I Googled “55 million.” Here’s what I found.


Facebook status

There were 55 million status updates per day on Facebook in 2013.


paper clips

Americans use nearly 55 million paper clips a day.


55 million meals are served in Disneyland parks each year.

royal wedding

55 million Americans watched Prince Charles wed Lady Diana on television in 1981.



55 million is 10% of children under the age of 5 worldwide today.


55 million is the population of Italy.


55 million people died from 1939-45 in World War II, including the holocaust and Chinese revolution.


In 2011, an estimated 55 million people died worldwide.



And since 1973, 55 million people have been legally killed in America because the Supreme Court decided they have no right to life.

This is why we March, no matter what the weather.


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Tom Hoopes, author of What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department and edits The Gregorian, a Catholic identity speech digest. He was previously editor of the National Catholic Register for 10 years and with his wife, April, of Faith & Family magazine for five. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

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