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Abortion Around the World

Jan. 22, 2017By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Abortion is not just a problem in the United States. The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) along with the World Health Organization (WHO) provides data on induced abortion worldwide.

  • The number of induced abortions declined worldwide between 1995 and 2003, from nearly 46 million to approximately 42 million. About one in five pregnancies worldwide end in abortion.
  • For every 1,000 women of childbearing age (15–44) worldwide, 29 were estimated to have had an induced abortion in 2003, compared with 35 in 1995.
  • The decline in abortion incidence was greater in developed countries, where nearly all abortions are safe and legal (from 39 to 26 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44), than in developing countries, where more than half are unsafe and illegal (from 34 to 29).
  • Most abortions occur in developing countries—35 million annually, compared with seven million in developed countries— a disparity that largely reflects the relative population distribution.
  • On the other hand, a woman’s likelihood of having an abortion is similar whether she lives in a developed or developing region; in 2003, there were 26 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in developed countries compared with 29 per 1,000 in developing countries.
  • More than one-third of the approximately 205 million pregnancies that occur worldwide annually are unintended, and about 20% of all pregnancies end in induced abortion.
  • Of the 23 million pregnancies that occur in developed countries, more than 40% are unintended, and 28% end in induced abortion.
  • Of the 182 million pregnancies that occur in developing countries, more than one-third are unintended, and 19% end in induced abortion (8% are safe procedures and 11% are unsafe).

INCIDENCE AND RATES

Global and regional estimates of induced abortion, 1995 and 2003

Region and Subregion

No. of abortions (millions)

Abortion rate*

1995

2003

1995

2003

World

45.6

41.6

35

29

Developed countries

10.0

6.6

39

26

   Excluding Eastern Europe

3.8

3.5

20

19

Developing countries†

35.5

35.0

34

29

   Excluding China

24.9

26.4

33

30

Estimates by region

Africa

5.0

5.6

33

29

Asia

26.8

25.9

33

29

Europe

7.7

4.3

48

28

Latin America

4.2

4.1

37

31

Northern America

1.5

1.5

22

21

Oceania

0.1

0.1

21

17

*Abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44

†Those within Africa, the Americas, excluding Canada and the United States of America, Asia, excluding Japan, and Oceania, excluding Australia and New Zealand

Global and regional estimates of induced abortion, 1995 and 2003

Region and Subregion

No. of abortions (millions)

Abortion rate*

1995

2003

1995

2003

World

45.6

41.6

35

29

Developed countries

10.0

6.6

39

26

   Excluding Eastern Europe

3.8

3.5

20

19

Developing countries†

35.5

35.0

34

29

   Excluding China

24.9

26.4

33

30

Estimates by region

Africa

5.0

5.6

33

29

Asia

26.8

25.9

33

29

Europe

7.7

4.3

48

28

Latin America

4.2

4.1

37

31

Northern America

1.5

1.5

22

21

Oceania

0.1

0.1

21

17

*Abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44

†Those within Africa, the Americas, excluding Canada and the United States of America, Asia, excluding Japan, and Oceania, excluding Australia and New Zealand

 

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Piper in Dubai - The Supremacy of God in Global Missions

Dec. 19, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio
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Why Not Read Less of the Bible This Year?

Dec. 16, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

From Garrett Kell on his threefold plan:

First, I plan to read the passage that will be preached on the next Lord’s Day. If I’m preaching this will be a necessity since I’m hoping to live better than I preach, but if I’m not preaching, I plan to study ahead to get the most out of the sermon.

Second, I plan to pick one Bible book a month to study deeply. In January, a friend and I are studying Amos. For the month we will read and re-read it. We plan to outline it, chart it, and memorize portions of it. Then in February, I’ll select another book with a similar approach, though hopefully improved by January’s attempt. By doing this I’m able to meditate deeply on one book, something I felt I was missing in other seasons of my life. Some months I may do two books if they are short (i.e. Haggai, Obadiah, Philemon, 2 and 3 John).

Third, I plan to read other books of the Bible in one sitting throughout the year. To avoid neglecting other portions of the Scriptures, I have a list of the books of the Bible in my journal and plan to regularly step away for an hour or two throughout the year and just read them straight through.

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The Problem with Giving Tuesday

Dec. 14, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

An interesting post from Amy Reynolds:

But then, in Giving Tuesday, we give to organizations that help those in poverty–often workers who may have been involved in the goods we buy.  How can we fail to see the irony within this?  Since this day just started, and we in the US like our specially named days, what about a different way to help, that actually connected with all the buying this season entails.  Informed Sunday.  That’s what I would support. What if, as Christians, we connected the buying and the giving; our consumption with our concern for others we do not know. The idea that we are not our brother or sister’s keeper, that we are not responsible for the conditions under which our goods are produced — it’s a lie.  We are called to live in covenant with God and with others.  While the market may be depersonalized, when we buy items, we lend our support to the business practices of the seller.  We are connected to the workers involved.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Fundraising

Dec. 12, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

A helpful article from Veronica Dagher is found here.  To summarize:

The Right Way

  1. People Give to People
  2. Show Me the Leadership
  3. Teach, Don't Sell
  4. Tap Their Passion
  5. Start Them Early 

The Wrong Way

  1. Making a Confusing Pitch
  2. Insulting the Donor
  3. We're Desperate
  4. Getting Complacent
  5. Taking No for a Final Answer
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