Nearly 42 million human beings were aborted last year, according to Worldometers. Statistics from the independent data collecting site show abortion to be the leading cause of death in 2018, dwarfing other prominent killers like cancer, AIDS, car accidents and suicide, Life News reported.
Worldometers compiles its figures using data from world governments and other prominent global organizations. And while the group doesn’t include abortion in its calculations for total deaths in 2018 — 59 million — a Breitbart analysis of the report puts the abortion numbers in perspective.
“As of December 31, 2018, there have been some 41.9 million abortions performed in the course of the year, Worldometers revealed,” writes Thomas D. Williams, PhD. “By contrast, 8.2 million people died from cancer in 2018, 5 million from smoking, and 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS.”
The 41.9 million figure comes from abortion statistics published by the World Health Organization. In 2018, 23 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion, Breitbart reports, adding that for every 33 live births, 10 children were aborted.
Back in November, Faithwire reported that the U.S. abortion rate had hit a historic low since Roe v. Wade in 1973, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. And though this is progress, Americans continue to abort nearly 1 million babies each year.
2018 saw devastating setbacks like the Irish abortion referendum, which legalized abortion in the historically pro-life country, and the U.S. Congress’ failure to defund Planned Parenthood. But it also saw the appointment of pro-life Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the passage of pro-life constitutional amendments in states like Alabama and West Virginia that gave the unborn unprecedented legal protection.
While the latest abortion statistics show we have an incredibly long way to go, the new year marks a new opportunity to advance pro-life legislation around the world. Let’s pray that 2019 will be the most pro-life year on the books.