January 27, 2017
When Donald Trump reinstated the ban on overseas abortion funding, it wasn't a moment too soon. In a sobering new report by the Global Life Campaign, analysts have tracked and calculated the number of worldwide abortions for the first time -- and the results are staggering. With more than 4,900 country years of data and a policy table for 196 nations, the authors -- after more than 30 years of work on the project -- have calculated that more than one billion abortions have been performed in the last century. That's a loss of life triple the size of the U.S. population. Imagine wiping out the country of China, and that may be the closest anyone can come to grasping the enormous casualties of the culture of death.
"We now have nearly a century of evidence documenting what happens when governments authorize abortion: it does not become rare, but increases exponentially. Indeed, in less than one century, abortion has become the Greatest Genocide ever, far surpassing all wars and democides combined," said authors at the Human Life Institute -- one of the four sponsors of the study (along with the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Global Life Campaign, and Regent University).
FRC was proud to host the launch of the report, where our own Arina Grossu, who was one of the expert reviewers of the study, spoke about abortion's tragic legacy. "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, one 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."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.