Worldometers, a nonpartisan company owned by Dadax, tracks world statistics on various things like population, health, government and more. And according to Breitbart.com, Worldometers shows that “[a]s of December 31, 2018, there have been some 41.9 million abortions performed in the course of the year…. By contrast, 8.2 million people died from cancer in 2018, 5 million from smoking, and 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS.”
The numbers are staggering. And simply watching the Worldometers website tickers going up — especially regarding causes of death — is sobering. Approximately 2,500 abortions are committed every day in America, but to see a worldwide toll is jaw dropping. At the time of the writing of this article on January 2, 2019, for example, the number of worldwide abortions sits around approximately 200,000 — just two days into the start of the new year. This means that more than 100,000 human beings are killed by abortion worldwide every single day.
Breitbart notes, “Globally, just under a quarter of all pregnancies (23 percent) were ended by abortion in 2018, and for every 33 live births, ten infants were aborted,” and adds, ‘Last week, the UK Department of Health revealed that in 2017 — the last year for which it has revised abortion statistics — the number of UK abortions hit a 10-year high.” As of January 1, 2019, Ireland also now has legal abortions, which will increase the abortion death toll.
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While abortion is reportedly on the decline in the United States, nearly a million abortions are still committed annually in the nation. A previous article from Live Action News notes that the Guttmacher Institute (whose numbers are thought to be more accurate and complete than those from the Centers for Disease Control) “report[s] 926,200 abortions for 2014, according to statistics published in January of 2018.”
Most abortions are committed in the first trimester. Despite the fact that these abortions are done before 12 weeks of pregnancy, these children are not “clumps of cells” or mere tissue. They are highly complex. Children have heartbeats beginning as early as 16 days after conception, and detectable brain waves by week six. By the end of the first trimester, even though the child is very small at this point, a baby’s sex is visible and he or she can even make facial expressions.
Despite the fact that most abortions are committed within the first 12 weeks, there are still abortions committed in the second and third trimesters. In the United States alone, as previously reported by Live Action News, “later-term abortions in some states were as high as 15 to 17 percent of all abortions reported [for the latest reporting year, 2014]. National abortion data reveals that over 100,000 abortions occur in the second and third trimesters each year.”
The public, when polled on the specifics of abortion, is very clear: the majority believes abortions after the first trimester should be either illegal or legal only in very limited cases. Unfortunately, the law in the United States does not yet agree with the majority of its citizens, and the courts all too frequently declare laws attempting to protect the preborn — even at later stages of pregnancy — unconstitutional. Likewise, the laws around the world ignore the scientific fact that abortion kills actual human beings.