November 29, 2006

Abortion: The #1 Global Cause of Death.

A paper released this month entitled "Projections of Global Mortality and Burden of Disease from 2002 to 2030" by Colin D. Mathers and Dejan Loncar made a splash on some of the wires because HIV/AIDS will move from being the number 4 cause of global deaths in 2002 to the number 3 cause of global deaths in 2030. December 1 is World AIDS Day.

In 2002 the Top 5 causes of death worldwide were:

1) Ischemic Heart Disease
2) Cerebrovascular Disease
3) Lower Respiratory Infection

In 2030 the Top 5 causes of death worldwide are projected to be:

1) Ischemic Heart Disease
2) Cerebrovascular Disease
5) Lower Respiratory Infection

AIDS is a terrible disease. All the causes of death on this list are terrible ways to die.

But, where is abortion on this list?

The authors did not give actual 2002 numbers for each of the Top 5 causes of death. However, they did give total percentages of death and total overall deaths for the 2030 projections so I was able to calculate:

1) Ischemic Heart Disease (8.69 million)
2) Cerebrovascular Disease (6.87 million)
3) HIV/AIDS (5.77 million)
4) COPD (5.06 million)
5) Lower Respiratory Infection (2.27 million)

According to the Global Health Council from 1995-2000 there were 250.9 MILLION abortions worldwide. Averaging that out per year: 50.18 million. In 2006, there are reportedly 46 million global abortions. These numbers include Russia, which has an extremely high abortion rate (about 4 million per year)

I don't even need to do a complicated mathematical projection to see that abortion is the number one global cause of death. It will continue to be because it's so far ahead of any other cause of death.

Abortion is not considered in population or disease projections simply because the unborn fetus in the womb is not considered a life. I work for a company that does a lot of work with population projections. The abortion rate is never a factor. They just simply look at actual birth trends. Miscarriage rates are also not a factor taken into consideration.

I am not naive enough to think that just outlawing abortion is going to rid the world of it entirely. I want to see abortion outlawed because its murder. But, murder is illegal and murder happens every day somewhere, somehow. What we really need is to convince more people that the life in the womb is a life and a life worth saving-period.


Blogger Unknown said...

Wonderful post, Cathy! This needs to be circulated. I'll do my part.

November 30, 2006 1:37 PM  

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