2023: The Year Abortion was the World’s Number 1 Killer

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Abby Trivett

While many just celebrated their championship of the pro-life cause, 2023 reigned in as at least the fifth consecutive year where abortion was the number one killer worldwide.

As The Christian Post reported, Worldometer statistics showed that 44.6 million abortions took place around the globe last year.

That’s 44.6 million people who never had the opportunity to see the light of day. People who never had the chance to take a first look at the world around us, take their first steps or laugh in the company of family and friends.

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While the pro-life cause has been carried and empowered by millions for years, especially after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, this is still a steep number to fathom. Abortion doesn’t just affect lives in America. It affects lives all over the world.

The second leading cause of death last year was from communicable diseases, with 12.9 million people losing their lives. While this number is still a lot, that’s over 31 million people more who have suffered death before they could even grasp what life truly is.

For many, abortion is performed out of convenience, some out of fear and others by pressure. But what if there is a deeper, spiritual reason as to why abortions are performed?

It is in Scripture where we first see that God knits people together in the womb. There is frequently quoted Psalm 139:13 which reads, “You brought my inner parts into being; You wove me in my mother’s womb.”


There’s also the passage in Jeremiah which shows that God knows us even before we are ever conceived.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you were born I sanctified you,” (Jer. 1:5).

Human beings are, from the very beginning, known, seen and put together by the Lord. We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.

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Because we are known and created so purposefully by the Lord, it is a great demise, a plan of the enemy to want to destroy us from the very beginning. The devil hates God, so why wouldn’t he hate the very beings made in God’s image?

So, abortion is one way to stomp on the very created beings that the Lord has called by name. Abortion is a tool to wipe us out from the very beginning, to remove us from the equation altogether. A human being who never has the chance to know the Lord and walk beside Him is much easier to take out than a human being who has tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord.

The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came that we may have life and life more abundantly. So, instead of allowing this enemy to come in and destroy precious, innocent lives, it is the job of the Christian to pray against this evil and reach out to those in need who may be considering abortion. If we are not praying for the unborn, then who is?

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Abby Trivett is a marketing copywriter and coordinator for Charisma Media.


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Abby Trivett is copywriter for Charisma and an editorial intern.


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