Abortion and The Global Death Toll
With deaths from abortion exceeding those from cancer, HIV/Aids, suicide, malaria, and car accidents combined, several pro-life activist groups are calling abortion “the social justice cause of our time.”
Of course, the debate around the cause is whether or not to call abortion what it is: death, and unborn babies what they are: humans. Because of this, the nearly 42 million lives that were lost last year to abortion are not recorded in the global death toll of 2018, which was 59 million.
When we count each and every one of these babies — the same way God sees and knows and loves every single one of them — as humans who died, the actual number of deaths worldwide in 2018 was approximately 101 million.
While pro-life advocates are working tirelessly to put an end to abortion, their efforts continue to be met with social and political reform. 2018 saw the repeal of Ireland’s Eighth Amendment — one of the last laws of its kind — which existed to recognize and protect an unborn child’s right to life.
Although abortion rates in the U.S. are reportedly on the decline, it is still one of the leading causes of death, robbing the lives of an estimated 1 million U.S, babies annually. And a report from the UK Department of Health last week revealed that in 2017 — the most recent year on record for which the Department has revised abortion statistics — the number of abortions in the UK hit a 10-year high.
Later this month, thousands will gather in Washington D.C. for the 46th annual March for Life rally from January 17th through the 20th. This year’s theme is “Unique from Day One,” reminding the nation that life begins at conception.
The annual march commemorates the January 22, 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, which invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States.