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Matters of life and death – Daily Leader

Matters of life and death

Published 3:00 PM Wednesday May 1, 2024

LWe talk about life and death.

According to World Population Review, the average daily death rate worldwide in 2024 will be 166,859 people. That is 6,952 per hour, 116 per minute or 1.93 per second.

It should come as no surprise that most deaths each day occur in the most populous countries – China, India, the United States, Nigeria and Indonesia each have more than 5,800 deaths per day. With more than 1.4 billion people each, India registers at over 26,000 and China at just under 30,000. The US ranks third with 8,091 per day, or 337 per hour, out of a total population of over 341.8 million people.

Conversely, the average daily birth rate worldwide in 2024 is 368,144 per day – 15,339 per hour, 256 per minute, 4.26 per second.

India and China also lead the way in this statistic: 62,972 births per day in India and 28,958 in China. The US ranks 8th, with 10,292 daily births, 429 per hour.

With these two statistics alone, the world shows a daily net population growth of 201,285 people. For the US, the net growth is 2,201 per day.

According to WPR, abortion rates worldwide are approximately 73 million annually, or 200,000 per day – 8,333 per hour, 139 per minute or 2.3 per second.

In the US, the abortion rate is 20.8 per 1,000 women. With 169,870,000 million women in the US in 2024, this means that there are 3,533,296 abortions in this country every year.

According to Statista, the number of abortion-related deaths in the United States in 2020 was six (6), compared to 47 in 1973, the first year these numbers were reported. For individuals and organizations that view abortion as a medical procedure and the removal of unwanted tissue, these numbers make sense. Abortions have become safer for the mother, which is why there are now fewer maternal deaths – less than 1/5000th of a percentage point.

However, for those who view abortion as taking the life of an unborn human child, every abortion results in an abortion-related death, making the mortality rate 100 percent… plus six.

As far as I can tell, only the six mothers are counted among the official deaths reported – not the 3.53 million unborn children. If we count that number, the US has 9,680 abortions daily plus 8,091 deaths from other causes (note which number is higher), which amounts to 17,771 fatalities per day. Subtract the number of daily births in the US and you have a net loss of 7,479. This means that – contrary to what regular mortality and birth rates alone would reveal – the population of the United States is not growing by 2,201 every day, but decreasing by 7,479. It’s just that many people don’t notice, because almost 9,700 people shared a seat with someone else shortly before their death rather than taking up “extra” space.

The use of the word ‘maternal’ in the death reports implies a mother, and therefore an offspring, better known as a child.

According to Statista, “Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy so that it does not result in the birth of a baby.”

One of the main arguments for and against abortion is whether the unwanted product of pregnancy is a preborn child or simply a mass of cells. Arguments exist at all levels on both sides of the issue, and arguments in support of abortion sometimes define an unborn “offspring” as not legally a child until it leaves the birth canal. If that is the only criterion, what about caesarean sections?

For those of us who believe that conception is the beginning of life, it seems that those who advocate abortion often do so based on convenience and desire: If I want a child, I am pregnant with a child. If I do not desire a child, then the thing within me is not a child. My desire determines reality.

Mississippi has a ban on abortion in almost all cases. Roe v. Wade, which essentially made abortion legal for 50 years, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2022. But anyone who wants an abortion has plenty of options to get one. Several other states have not banned abortions. The morning-after pill and other chemical options are also readily available. If you want it, you can get it.

Although his actual views on abortion are unclear, boorish comedian Bill Burr has an interesting analogy on the issue (and also a goal to offend everyone at once).

“It’s not a baby yet – that’s what they say, which may or may not be true. Don’t know. I’m not a doctor. But I’ll tell you, my gut tells me that doesn’t make sense. “It’s not a baby yet.” That would be like if I was baking a cake and I poured some batter into a pan and put it in the oven, and five minutes later you came over and grabbed the pan – you threw it all over the floor. And I said, ‘What the…?! You just ruined my birthday cake.” And then you think, ‘Well, that wasn’t a cake yet.’ It’s like, ‘Well, it would have been. If you didn’t do what you just did, there would have been a cake in 50 minutes. Something happened to that cake, you cake murderer (expletive)!’ Right? Before all you pro-life people get excited, I think it’s great that you’re killing your babies. It’s fantastic. Help Mother Nature. There are too many of us.”

I don’t know what your position on abortion is: pro-life/anti-abortion, pro-choice/anti-life, or however you want to define it. But using semantics to make a choice more palatable doesn’t really hide the problem.

Yes, I am a white, heterosexual Christian male human. However, I am not against abortion for any of these reasons, except for two reasons: I am human and therefore have great respect for human life (as I think all humans should, but unfortunately that is not the case), and I am a Christian and believe that humans are all created in the image of God, their Creator.

I’ve lost friends over this issue before, and I’m willing to do it again. To me this is a good hill to die on. After all, I think we can all agree that you can’t have your “cake”… and kill it too.

News Editor Brett Campbell can be reached at [email protected].