Family Research Council Hosts Launch Event for Abortion Worldwide Report

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Family Research Council (FRC) hosted today the launch of a new worldwide report on abortion authored by the Global Life Campaign. The Global Life Campaign’s Abortion Worldwide Report is the first to systematically track reported abortions in 100 nations and territories, from 1920 through 2015. This report contains 4,915 country years of data, major findings, and country abortion graphs showing the impact of authorization, world maps, and a policy table for 196 nations.

Since abortion was first legalized in 1920 by the former Soviet Union, it is currently authorized, partly or fully, by 136 nations.  The 60 nations still prohibiting abortion face relentless international pressure to permit abortion without restriction. There is now nearly a century of evidence documenting what happens when governments authorize abortion: it does not become rare, but increases exponentially. 

FRC’s Arina Grossu, the Director of the Center for Human Dignity, was one of the expert reviewers of this report. She commented:

“Family Research Council is grateful to be involved in the release of such a comprehensive and eye opening report.  Data has shown that the legalization of abortion leads to an exponential increase in abortion.  This unprecedented report confirms the reality and also shows exactly what the abortion death toll looks like, country by country, throughout the years.  The sheer number of lives, 1 billion babies, killed through abortion worldwide is heartbreaking. We are better than this.  Abortion is not the answer.  As a human family, we need to focus on policies that protect human life and promote human dignity.”

The principal authors are Wm. Robert Johnston, Ph.D., and Thomas W. Jacobson, M.A., who compiled the data and information in the report over the last 32 and 14 years respectively.

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