The Big Kill

Abortion Is by Far the Deadliest Thing—Ever

Abortion numbers are staggering. Just check out the U.S. Abortion Clock at It keeps track of abortion statistics in the United States and around the globe. Ready to be staggered?

As of this writing (August 24, 2015):

58,198,009 abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973, the year abortion became legal in all fifty states.

1,345,907,865 abortions have taken place worldwide since 1980 (yes, that's 1.3 billion).

37,600,000 abortions are performed worldwide every year.

Let's compare those numbers to lives lost in wars, genocide, and other major tragedies.

About 800,000 people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. Americans intentionally abort more human beings than that every year.

• About 1,700,000 million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. In America 2,907,270 children were killed in utero in that same period.

• About 11 million people were killed by the Nazis during the twelve years of the Third Reich, 1933-1945. The average number of abortions performed in any twelve-year stretch in America since 1973 is 16.8 million (1.398 million yearly average since 1973).

• It is estimated that as many as 258,327,000 deaths resulted from all the wars in the twentieth century combined. The number of abortions worldwide exceeds that total five times over.

What about lives lost to diseases and epidemics compared to those taken in abortion?

• In the U.S., the combined death count from heart disease and cancer (the two leading killers among diseases) is 1.2 million per year on average. Abortions in America take 1.4 million lives annually.

• Worldwide, heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections, and chronic obstructive lung disease are the top four killer diseases, together taking about 20.3 million lives annually. Abortion takes 37.6 million lives each year.

• The Bubonic Plague (or Black Death) is estimated to have killed 50 million people in Europe in the mid-fourteenth century. The influenza epidemic of 1918 was responsible for between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide. These figures are dwarfed by the 1.3 billion abortions committed since 1980.

Have natural disasters been deadlier than abortion?

•The deadliest natural disaster in the past century was the Central China flood in 1931, when the Yangtze River overflowed; 3.7 million lives were lost. The annual death toll from abortion is ten times greater.

•The highest death toll from a natural disaster on U.S. soil resulted from the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which is estimated to have killed 12,000 people. The U.S. surpasses that number of abortions every four days; the world, every three hours.

Abortion is not an act of war, or a natural disaster, or a viral epidemic. It is a matter of will, of deliberate choice. And it has now become the most destructive force man has ever mustered against his fellow man.

is an educator from the Dallas area who runs the Affordable Schools website (, as well as a personal website,

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #34, Fall 2015 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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