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Abortion was leading cause of death worldwide in 2018, 42 million killed

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Abortion was the number one cause of death worldwide in 2018, with more than 41 million children killed before birth, Worldometers reports.

As of December 31, 2018, there have been some 41.9 million abortions performed in the course of the year, Worldometers revealed. By contrast, the deaths by abortion outnumbered those from cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, and traffic accidents combined.

Worldometers — voted one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association (ALA) — keeps a running tally through the year of major world statistics, including population, births, deaths, automobiles produced, books published, and CO2 emissions.

It also records the total number of abortions in the world, based on the latest statistics on abortions published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Last year, local media reported that an estimated 800 abortions are carried out every day countrywide and Kampala has the highest rate with 77 abortions per 1,000 women as compared to the western region, which had 18 abortions per 1,000 women.

This was according to findings presented during a dissemination meeting on the incidence of induced abortion and post abortion care among adolescents in Uganda, by Makerere University School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute, conducted in 418 health facilities in 37 districts in the country. 

Dr Justine Bukenya, one of the researchers, told the Daily Monitir the shortfall of the research is that abortion is difficult to measure.

“Women do not want to talk about it. We interviewed only girls who had visited health centres to treat post abortion complications. Also, we did not study adolescents aged 10-14 years. So, the findings are just a tip of the iceberg,” she said. 

The live abortion tracker on Worldometers reported that there had been 165,000 global abortions as of Wednesday morning, the second day of the New Year.

Breitbart News, Christian Daily Reporter and The Christian Post contributed to this Report.

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