Since the COVID-19 pandemic came to North Carolina, there have been 597 confirmed deaths from this virus as of May 13, based on the latest statistics from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). These same numbers tell us that over 15,000 North Carolinians have been infected, meaning the death rate for known cases of COVID-19 in our state is roughly 3.75%. As Christians, we know that every single life is precious, and to lose even one person to this virus is a tragedy.
This makes another set of statistics all the more troubling. According to the NCDHHS, in 2018, an average of 2,458 North Carolinians were killed each month— that’s a total of 27,581 for the year—by something that carries an almost 100% mortality rate: abortion. This is the most recent data available, so we have no way of knowing how these numbers changed for 2019. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, from 2017 to 2018, the abortion rate in North Carolina increased by 1.5%, and chemical abortions increased by 4.5%.
As it stands, COVID-19 is leading to death for an estimated 3.75% of North Carolinians who have contracted the virus. As research continues and our state and federal doctors learn more about this virus, they will hopefully develop a vaccine to significantly lower the infection rate and save precious lives.
But the purpose of abortion is not to save lives—it is to eliminate lives. COVID-19 often fails to kill those it infects, but abortion almost always results in death. (Fortunately, there are individuals alive today who have survived even the most brutal abortion procedures.)
As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and band together as a community, state, and nation, we must not forget the vulnerable lives that are being snuffed out every day that do not make it into the headlines. Every human life, young and old, born and unborn, is a gift from God, and we must continue to fight to protect these precious ones from fatal procedures in the same way we seek to protect them and others from COVID-19.