Online health statistics found that abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide in 2022, making it the fourth consecutive year abortion topped the list.
According to a snapshot captured by the internet archiving tool The Wayback Machine on Dec. 31, Worldometer reported that approximately 44 million abortions took place in 2022.
Meanwhile, a fact sheet from the World Health Organization states that “around 73 million induced abortions take place worldwide each year.”
Worldometer also found that communicable diseases were the second leading cause of death last year, with nearly 13 million casualties. Other health-related deaths included cancer (more than 8 million people), smoking-related complications (5 million), alcohol-related complications (2.5 million) and AIDS (nearly 2 million).
Worldometer also found that road traffic accident fatalities (more than 1 million people) and suicides (more than 1 million people) were among the leading causes of death in 2022.
According to The Christian Post, over 800,000 people died from water-related diseases, half a million died from the seasonal flu, nearly 400,000 from malaria and about 300,000 women died during childbirth.
Further, Worldometer compiled a separate set of statistics which found that there were about 6,698,745 people who died last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The total death toll in 2022 was over 67 million people. The number of abortions conducted in 2022 was not included in this figure. The world’s population came in at around 8 billion last year, according to Worldometer.
Last year marked the fourth consecutive year that abortions were the leading cause of death worldwide. The figure was a slight increase over 2021, in which there were approximately 44 million abortions performed. Meanwhile, 2020 saw nearly 44 million abortions, while 42.4 million were performed in 2019.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.