Imagine if every single man, woman, and child in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama was abruptly murdered—that would equal the number of babies killed by abortion just last year.

As pro-life Texans prepare for a pivotal legislative fight in the state Capitol to save more children’s lives this year, new numbers from Worldometer reveal the staggering current reality: Over 42 million children worldwide were killed by abortion in 2020, making abortion the leading cause of death globally last year.

Abortion killed more people in 2020 than all communicable diseases, cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, suicide, and traffic accidents combined.

(Worldometer – Dec. 31, 2020)

Meanwhile, according to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-related deaths worldwide currently amount to over 1.8 million.

Yet unlike the Chinese coronavirus, which sparked elected officials across the state, nation, and world to sound public health alarms and decree strict orders to try to “save lives,” the monstrous abortion carnage has been met with relative silence.

“It is baffling to see the response of the pandemic and to see a lot of the slogans about ‘we’ll wear masks if it saves one life’ … yet our culture sees the atrocities of elective abortions and euthanasia year after year in the millions, and we are fine. That’s the status quo, there’s nothing to panic about,” said John Seago, legislative director for nonprofit Texas Right to Life, the largest and oldest pro-life organization in the state.

Seago explained that we certainly need to “do as much as we can to protect vulnerable populations during the pandemic,” but our culture and elected officials are displaying an “amazing level of cognitive dissonance and missing the point” when they claim to want to save lives yet disregard and allow the rampant butchering of them.

Just in Texas, nearly 56,000 children were killed by abortion in 2019. Abortion was the leading cause of death in the state.

How can Texas’ state government protect more children in 2021? Seago told Texas Scorecard their plans and goals for the upcoming legislative session.

“From a state position, we have the strongest case we’ve ever had for the Legislature to be bold in protecting innocent human life from abortion,” Seago said, adding that now is especially pivotal because more and more Texas children are being put to death. The state’s abortion rate is climbing, and Texas has fallen behind in having life-saving laws; in 2009, Texas was in the top 5 most pro-life states, but it is now the 20th.

“We are recommending a pro-life omnibus bill called the Texas Abolition Strategy, and it is one piece of legislation with three policies in it, and each policy goes into effect on a different date so that it is strategic on which policies we expect to be in court,” Seago explained.

“The first part is what the Texas Senate passed last session, SB 1033 or PreNDA, where you can’t have an abortion just because you find out the child is a girl or that the child’s father is black or because the child may have a disability. Those are discriminatory abortions that would be made illegal,” Seago said.

“The second part is heartbeat legislation, to ban abortions at the point when the child’s heartbeat is detected. That would take effect two years later.”

“Then four years after passage, we would have a total ban on elective abortions, meaning abortion would be prohibited in Texas,” he stated.

“It’s bold, but it’s time. We’ve waited too long; we’ve seen the abortion numbers going up,” Seago said, adding that state legislators have already missed numerous opportunities in the past decade to pass life-saving laws, resulting in the rampant killing of babies.

“Legislators have to be bold—they have to do what they told voters they were going to do. The reality is we can’t afford to again do what we did last time, passing feel-good pro-life bills that don’t actually save lives and don’t actually make a better case in the courts,” he said.

“It’s an ambitious bill, but it’s three different policies that lock Texas into leading the fight the next few years, making sure that we are bringing up the right kind of cases and legal challenges so that we can be arguing in front of the Supreme Court. They should allow states to have this authority to protect innocent human life.”

Concerned Texans can contact their state representative, senator, and Gov. Greg Abbott. The state legislature convenes on January 12.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.