The United States is not the only place where abortion rates are dropping steadily. New research published this week found that a smaller percentage of women across the world are ending their unborn babies’ lives in abortions, Reuters reported.
The statistics, compiled by the World Health Organization and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute and published in The Lancet, showed a staggering 56 million unborn babies are aborted every year across the world.
Because of population growth, the number of abortions rose across the globe, from 50.4 million per year in 1990–94 to 56.3 million per year in 2010–14, according to the report.
However, the data also indicated that a smaller percentage of women are having abortions. Wealthier countries saw the most significant drop, with abortions falling from 46 per 1,000 women of childbearing age to 27 per 1,000, according to the report. Poorer countries saw a smaller drop from 39 abortions per 1,000 women to 37 per 1,000. The continent with the largest drop was Europe, falling a full 79 percent, according to the report.
Overall, the global abortion rate is estimated at 35 abortions annually per every 1,000 women of childbearing age between 2010-2014, down from 40 per 1,000 in the 1990s, according to the report. That means about one in four pregnancies across the world end in abortion, CBS reported.