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“Over a Billion Abortions Committed Worldwide Since 1970: Guttmacher Institute”
April 16th, 2013

A new report by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, entitled "Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress," shows that over a billion abortions have been committed since 1970.

The report says that the annual number of abortions have declined over the period from 1995 to 2003. Nevertheless, in 2003 approximately 41.6 million abortions were committed worldwide.

On average, this works out to more than one death by abortion for each second of the year. Alternately, one might visualize the number of deaths occurring each year as a number significantly larger than the number of people who live in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco.

"There simply isn't anything close," said Stephen Phelan of HLI. "Over the many years since this has become a practice, even legalized in many countries, you're over a billion."

"There's definitely nothing to compare," he continued. "The closest thing you'd get to it would be the atheist, socialist dictators of the 20th century; and even they, in their gruesome efficiency, were only able to kill somewhere between a hundred and a hundred-seventy million people. ... There's no comparison."

The Guttmacher Institute report also mentions the "high degree of safety" of abortions in communist China, but neglects to condemn China's one-child policy or the forced abortions that occur there. It nevertheless refers to the "woman's right to make her own childbearing decisions" and couches the report in the language of "choice." According to the report, 8.8 million "safe" abortions occur in China each year, approximately 1 in 5 of all abortions worldwide.

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