Over 100 Million Abortions Occur Worldwide Each Year

China Alone

A 2014 study published in Reproductive Health Matters found that, of women in China age 20 to 49, from the year 1970 to 2010, the lowest yearly rate of abortion was 18.0% in 2001.[1] According to United Nations population data, the number of women of that age range in China was 306,634,467 in the year 2000.[2] So about the year 2000, the total number of abortions in China alone was approximately 55,194,204 million (which is 18% of 306,634,467).

For subsequent years, the average abortion rate was 19.47% (±0.66%) from 2001 to 2010.[1] But the population of China increased from 2000 to 2019 by 12.3%.[2] So the abortion rate increased to 19.47% and the population increased by 12.3%. Now, assuming a similar 12.3% increase in the subpopulation of fertile women, this implies 344,350,506 fertile women with an abortion rate of 19.47% for a total of 67,045,043 or about 67 million abortions per year in China in 2019 (estimated).

The figure for 2010 would be based on a population increase of 5.9% over the year 2000, for 324,725,900 fertile women, and an abortion rate of 19.47%, for 63,224,132 or about 63 million abortions in China alone in 2010.


Guttmacher Institute: “As of 2010 – 2014, an estimated 55.9 million abortions occur each year — 49.3 million in developing regions and 6.6 million in developed regions.”[3] That figure of 55.9 million abortions for the whole world is certainly FALSE. The figure for China alone in 2010 is about 63 million abortions, and in 2019 the figure is 67 million abortions in China alone.

Guttmacher data puts the abortion rate in Eastern Asia (China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan) at 3.6% (36 per 1,000 women of fertile age).[4] That figure is unbelievable, given that the rate in the U.S. is about 19%. Due to the severe limits on family size imposed by China on its population, China cannot have an abortion rate which is less than a fifth the rate in the U.S.

Guttmacher claims 35.5 million abortion in Asia, which includes India and China, but they do not state an abortion total for China.[4] This makes adjusting the world figure more difficult. However, Guttmacher republishes a research article on their website claiming 15.6 million abortions for India in 2015. The number of abortions for China is estimated in a Wikipedia article at 13 million induced abortions plus 10 million medical abortions (via pills).[6] This explains the range of 13 to 23 million abortions for China in some sources.[7] Subtracting the India figure of 15.6 from the Asia figure of 35.5 gives us 19.9, so Guttmacher must be assuming 13 million abortions for China, not 23 million.

Note that “abortion” figures almost always exclude the direct killing of prenatals by abortive pills (“medical abortions”), by abortifacient contraception, by IUDs, and by “emergency contraception”. So the figure I am discussing in this article is “induced abortions” only.

Adjusted Data

If we adjust the world figure given by Guttmacher of 55.9 million abortions for the correct China data, 63 million in China alone instead of 13 million, the world figure increases by 50 million abortions. This gives us a corrected worldwide total for induced abortions of 105.9 million abortions in 2010 and a 2019 estimate of at least 4 million more abortions in China. At 105.9 million induced abortions per year worldwide, the world aborts a billion prenatals every 10 years.


Unfortunately, prenatal lives lost to IUDs add another 163 million to 326 million more prenatal deaths; plus 31.4 million lives lost to oral contraceptives; 16.4 million to injectables; 2.5 million to contraceptive implants; and 1.3 million to emergency contraception. Those figures give us 320.5 million to 483.5 million prenatals killed by abortion or contraception worldwide each year (depending on which figure is used for IUDs). Thus, contraception and abortion take the lives of a billion prenatals every 3 years or so.

The above research is from a book I’ve been writing on abortifacient contraception. Please do not use this information without proper attribution.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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[1] Wang, Cuntong. “Induced abortion patterns and determinants among married women in China: 1979 to 2010.” Reproductive Health Matters 22.43 (2014): 159-168;
[2] United Nations, Population Division, Population by Age Groups – Female; https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/
[3] Singh, Susheela, et al. “Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access.” (2018). Guttmacher Institute;
[4] Guttmacher Institute, March 2018, Fact Sheet, Abortion in Asia, Incidence and Trends;
[5] Singh, et al.; The Lancet Global Health, “The Incidence of Abortion and Unintended Pregnancy in India, 2015”, Dec. 2017;
[6] Wikipedia, Abortion in China;
[7] Abort73.com;

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4 Responses to Over 100 Million Abortions Occur Worldwide Each Year

  1. Alex says:

    Abortion is a murder…I underline that!

    With that being said, it is also a matter of fact that not every fertilized egg in the womb ends up with birth. God permits that to happen naturally, those fertilized eggs who cannot develop to be naturally removed. Of course it is NOT abortion, it is a natural process created by God himself.

    I have the feeling, and maybe I am wrong, that the Catholics in USA are preoccupied with that single issue, however heinous murder it is. There are other issues that they neglect. Including how the families with 5-10 or more kids will feed them, and will EDUCATE them. The Sunday school is not enough, when the mother and the father don’t have even 5 minutes talk with each kid daily, rather have turned to a low quality sergeants at home.

    I see such a family, and let me say, it is a Nightmare! Perhaps the kids will be finally sent to a boarding school if the government understands what is being done with them. I just don’t want to be the one who will send the signal to the child protection institutions. Anyway sooner or later they will understand.

    So, Yes to many kids, No to abortion, and No to the blind icy heart of catholics who think by giving birth to 10 kids and throwing them out on the street at 18 they will buy their ticket to heaven. The humans need more than bare necessities. Even the rabbits multiply, as the pope said, and we don’t have to follow their example. You don’t have to be catholic for the purpose to multiply. To be catholic is something more than that.

    • Denis says:

      There are so many miss-characterizations and miss-understandings in your post that I will leave it to Ron to respond.

  2. svrt says:

    No need to scold. Just refer to Matt 6:26… Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap. They gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not more important than they, oh you of little faith! Therefore I tell you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you besides.

    • Alex says:

      Perhaps you are one of the few who help in the name of Jesus and the Father those poor families with many kids…because what I see, including in conservative church community following Latin mass, that number is equal to zero. But all say “God will provide…” That is hypocrisy.

      God will provide to fix that world, I believe. All those secrets come for a reason. If all 1.2 bln Catholics out of 7 bln were real Catholics, the world would be a different better place. The world is on the brink, because those who were called to be imitators of Christ, failed to be so. Not everyone has the grace to be born Catholic. In a way, the rest of 6 bln are less responsible. And among the most responsible is exactly the USA with everything given to it. Instead of helping the poorer world, it brings the world to the next world war

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