CDC Data: 204.5 Times More Babies Killed by Abortion Than by Firearms Among Kids Ages 1-19

(CNS News) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 204.5 times more babies were killed by abortion than the number of deaths by firearms of children ages 1 to 19 years old in 2019. 

In 2019, there were 629,898 abortion deaths (reported) and 3,080 firearm deaths – a ratio of 204.5 to 1. (This does not include abortion data from California, Maryland, and New Hampshire, which are not reported to the CDC; firearm deaths in those states for people ages 1-19 were also excluded for comparison.)

These numbers were collected from the CDC’s WONDER and WISQARS online databases, which contain the CDC information on deaths in the U.S. and a variety of data for epidemiological research. The abortion numbers were collected from the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Abortion Surveillance for 2019. 

In 2019, there were 10,546 total deaths (all causes) for those aged 1 to 19 from states that reported their abortion numbers to the CDC. Given the 629,898 reported abortions, this means there were 59.7 times more abortion deaths than total deaths for children ages 1 to 19 in 2019.

In 2020, the numbers are slightly different because only 42 states have so far reported their abortions for that year. Nonetheless, the reported abortion death number to date for 2020 is 513,716. Also, all deaths for people ages 1 to 19 in 2020 totaled 11,162. Among those, 3,664 were firearm deaths.


Under these parameters, deaths by abortion were 140.2 times more than firearm deaths of minors and 46 times more than all deaths for the 1-19 age range in 2020.

On May 25, following the horrific mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom said, “Guns are now the leading cause of death for kids in America.” The governor was likely omitting abortion data. 

On May 27, CBS News reported, “New data from the CDC shows firearm deaths were the leading cause of death for children for the first time in 2020.” CBS was not counting the abortion numbers.

In 2020, non-firearm-related deaths were the leading cause of death in every below-teen age range. For ages one through 3 years old, drowning was the leading cause of death.

For ages four through 12, every individual age group reports motor-vehicle-related death as the leading cause, with firearms coming in second for ages seven, eight, 10, 11, and 12.

2020 CDC data show that firearms are the leading cause of death for the zero to 17 age group, when abortion deaths are not included. Motor vehicle deaths come in second, with 50 fewer deaths. When removing all deaths caused by suicide, which account for 32% of firearm deaths, motor vehicles become the leading cause of death at 27% and firearms are second at 19%.


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