More human beings died in abortions than any other cause of death in 2022.
A heartbreaking reminder about the prevalence of abortion, statistics compiled by Worldometers indicate that there were over 44 million abortions world-wide in 2022. The independent site collects data from governments and other organizations and then reports the data, along with estimates and projections, based on those numbers.
Worldometers bases its daily abortion figures on a fact sheet from the World Health Organization, which estimates an even higher figure for abortions per year than Worldometers. “Around 73 million induced abortions take place worldwide each year,” the WHO says.
Abortion is also the leading cause of death in the United States.
“In the USA, where nearly 30% of pregnancies are unintended and 40% of these are terminated by abortion, there are between 1,500 to 2,500 abortions per day. Nearly 20% of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. Guttmacher Institute reports 930,160 abortions performed in 2020 in the United States, with a rate of 14.4 per 1,000 women,” Worldometers reports.
When contrasting the abortion numbers to other causes of death, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, traffic accidents and suicide, abortions far outnumbered every other cause. By contrast, an estimated 9.6 million people died from cancer in 2022, 6 million from smoking, 16 million from disease, and 2 million died of HIV/AIDS. Deaths by malaria and alcohol are also recorded.
With 67.1 million people dying last year from a cause other than abortion and 111 million people lying in total from abortion and all causes, that means abortions accounted for almost 40% of every death around the world last year.
And when compared to COVID, the number of people dying from abortions dwarfs the number of COVID deaths. Worldometers indicates that approximately 3.1 million people died from COVID worldwide in 2022. There is considerable question as to whether those figures are accurate, as the CDC and state figures in the United States indicate a sizable percentage of deaths from COVID aren’t actually directly resulted from the virus itself, but are of people who had the virus at the time they died from some other cause.
But assuming the figures are accurate, and not adjusting for overcounting, abortion worldwide is 14 times more deadly than COVID.
Unborn babies are not recognized as human beings even though biology indicates that they are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception and they die brutal, violent deaths in abortions.
The abortion number is incomprehensible, but each of those 73 million abortions worldwide in 2022 represents a living human being whose life was violently destroyed in their mother’s womb. Each unborn baby already had their own unique DNA, making them distinct from their mother. That DNA indicated if the child was a boy or girl, their eye and hair color, their height, possible genetic disorders and other disabilities, and much more. In most cases, the unborn babies’ hearts are beating when they are aborted, too.
In America, just under 1 million babies are aborted every year. Though abortion rates have been dropping in the past decade, abortion remains the leading cause of death in the United States as well.
An estimated 64 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade in 1973. In January, pro-life advocates will gather for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to remember the anniversary of that infamous decision and call for restored protections for the unborn.