Abortion was the biggest cause of death worldwide in 2020 – responsible for more fatalities than cancer, heart disease and coronavirus put together.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 73.3 million abortions take place every year, with almost 30 per cent of pregnancies ending in abortion.
The data group Worldometer estimates all other causes of death totalled nearly 59 million last year – meaning abortion is responsible for around 55 per cent of all deaths.
By comparison, communicable diseases were estimated to be responsible for 13 million deaths, and cancer for around 8 million worldwide. Coronavirus was reported to be behind more than 1.8 million deaths.
WHO estimates approximately 200,000 abortions take place every day – or more than two every second – meaning more than 3 million abortions have already taken place this year.
Last year, obtaining an abortion in the UK became easier than ever before, with Westminster politicians imposing a liberal abortion regime on Northern Ireland in March to allow abortion up to twelve weeks for any reason, up to 24 for most reasons, and up to birth if the unborn child is deemed to have a disability.
In England, Wales and Scotland, emergency coronavirus measures were used to introduce DIY home abortions, whereby women can now obtain abortion pills following only a telephone or video consultation, and without having been seen in person. Despite concerns that the practice is unsafe, politicians are consulting on making the temporary changes permanent.