It is just February and World Health Organization is giving surprising facts, according to WHO, more than 1.2 million abortions been performed worldwide in the first 10 days of 2021.
This data is according to a report by Worldometer, formerly Worldometers, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics. it accounts for facts for everything from health to food production, economics and death rates.
Taking its data from WHO, it states that about 40-50 million abortions are performed worldwide each year, which works out to be about 125,000 abortions every single day. While between 2015 and 2019, on average, 73.3 million induced (safe and unsafe) abortions occurred worldwide each year.
Abortion is the leading cause of death in the world. Second is heart disease, with cancer rounding out the top three.
According to WHO, three out of ten of all pregnancies end in induced abortion. Nearly half of all abortions are unsafe, and almost all of these unsafe abortions take place in developing countries.
Also, Over half of all estimated unsafe abortions globally were in Asia, most of them in the south and central Asia. However, 3 out of 4 abortions that occurred in Africa and Latin America were unsafe while the risk of dying from an unsafe abortion was the highest in Africa.
In Africa, nearly half of all abortions happen in the least safe circumstances. Moreover, mortality from unsafe abortion disproportionately affects women in Africa. While the continent accounts for 29% of all unsafe abortions, it sees 62% of unsafe abortion-related deaths.
However, abortions are safe when they are carried out with a method that is recommended by WHO and that is appropriate to the pregnancy duration, and when the person carrying out the abortion has the necessary skills.