According to Our World in Data, it is estimated that around 60 million people died in 2020. The website Worldometer, on the basis of data from the World Health Organization, reports that 1.8 million people died from COVID-19 in 2020. We find these figures intolerable and are frantically seeking ways to minimise the deaths from this virus.
In the normal scheme of things, we mourn the death of someone who has died. We find it easier to accept if the death occurred as a result of natural causes, especially if the person dying is “old”, but less so if the cause were cancer (8.2 million worldwide in 2020), or what we consider “preventable”, as in the case of COVID-19.
It is more difficult if the death were accidental (1.4 million road accident fatalities in 2020), but it is particularly abhorrent if the death were the result of a homicide.
According to the Global Burden of Disease, a study published in the medical journal The Lancet, some 400,000 people die from homicide each year.
Why dwell on such a morbid topic?
Worldometer reports in a January 6, 2021 post that there were 42.6 million abortions throughout the world in 2020. This figure is not taken into consideration in calculating the number of deaths worldwide. This means that there are 42.6 million deaths that have not been acknowledged as such in any official statistical report.
If we concede that death generally is deserving of mourning in some form, and there are around 42 million women (allowing for those who may have had more than one abortion, and those who have not recognised their loss) and 42 million men (the fathers of babies that were conceived) who have no official reason to mourn, it means, on the face of it, that there are approximately a staggering 84 million people who, in 2020 alone, began bearing the weight of a loss that they are not free to acknowledge, much less to overcome.
Can it be any wonder that the world seems to be in such turmoil?
Pro-abortionists would have us believe that abortion is the solution to many of the world’s troubles, even though science has proven that life begins at conception.
But abortion is a violation of the Natural Law on many counts, among which: the child in the womb is a separate human being, and there can be no “right” to kill another; the parents have an obligation to protect the child created by their actions, since the child could not possibly consent to his own creation; it is a precept of natural law that humans nurture and make provision for their offspring.
The Scriptures also spell out the consequences of our wrong actions, and the way to go.
“All the time I kept silent, my bones were wasting away with groans, day in, day out” (Ps 32:3).
“He who conceals his faults will not prosper, he who confesses and renounces them will find mercy” (Prov 28:13).
“At last I admitted to you I had sinned; no longer concealing my guilt, I said, ‘I will go to Yahweh and confess my fault’. And you, you have forgiven the wrong I did, have pardoned my sin” (Ps 32:5).
Pro-life ministry involves, inter alia, helping those caught in the web of deceit weaved by the so-called ‘freedom of choice’ movement to experience true liberation, new hope, and new life.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us that we may reach those in need of your help!
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