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. According to United Nations population data, the number of women of that age range in China was 306,634,467 in the year 2000. 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. But the population of China increased from 2000 to 2019 by 12.3%. 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.” 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). 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. 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). This explains the range of 13 to 23 million abortions for China in some sources. 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.
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.
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 Wang, Cuntong. “Induced abortion patterns and determinants among married women in China: 1979 to 2010.” Reproductive Health Matters 22.43 (2014): 159-168;
 United Nations, Population Division, Population by Age Groups – Female; https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/
 Singh, Susheela, et al. “Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access.” (2018). Guttmacher Institute;
 Guttmacher Institute, March 2018, Fact Sheet, Abortion in Asia, Incidence and Trends;
 Singh, et al.; The Lancet Global Health, “The Incidence of Abortion and Unintended Pregnancy in India, 2015”, Dec. 2017;
 Wikipedia, Abortion in China;