That is the number of abortions done in 2020, and it far exceeds the number of people who perished as a result of the world’s leading causes of death.
The reference website Worldometer monitors statistics on health, global population, resource use and deaths in real time, and reports that over 40 million abortions occur worldwide annually.
The site offers statistics on abortion made available by the World Health Organization. The last available snapshot, from New Year’s Eve and captured by the internet archive tool The Wayback Machine, shows that more than 42.6 million abortions were performed worldwide in 2020.
Infectious diseases killed more than 13 million people worldwide in 2020. About 8.2 million people worldwide lost their lives to cancer. Nearly 5.1 million people and 2.5 million people succumbed as a result of smoking and alcohol respectively.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 1.8 million people died of coronavirus worldwide in 2020.
Other leading causes of death in 2020 included traffic fatalities, at nearly 1.4 million, and suicides, which took nearly 1.1 million lives around the globe.
The total number of deaths worldwide in 2020, excluding abortions, was nearly 59 million, but if abortions were listed as a cause of death rather than just a health statistic, the global death toll in 2020 would rise to more than 100 million.