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Is Abortion a Genocide?

Two Genocides

Abortion dismembers, starves to death and crushes the skulls of around 885 babies in the womb every working day in the UK. In 2020, in Great Britain, 224,675 babies were killed brutally in the wombi. The World Health Organisation estimates that between 2015 and 2019, on average, 73.3 million abortions occurred worldwide each yearii. There is an entire industry built on this destruction of human life which has a vested interest in killing unwanted pre-born babies by abortion. In 2010, taxpayers spent £118m on abortion in England,iii and in 2019, a leading abortion provider received £55 million from UK taxpayers to support the promotion and provision of abortion on-demand overseasiv.

This human rights abuse is both allowed and perpetrated by our government with tax-payer money. What exactly is a genocide?

Abortion Death Toll*

United Kingdom

*estimated using 2021 abortion data for England, Scotland and Wales (source), and assuming a uniform distribution of abortions per capita across the UK and throughout the year, using 2020 population data (source).


The term “genocide” was first coined in 1944 and later defined in 1948 by the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to mean to “destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”

While the etymology “genocide” reveals a combination of the Greek word for race (genos) with Latin word for killing (cide), the 1948 definition expands upon this to include the killing of religious groups. Since then, the definition has been constantly reviewed and challenged, and is likely to continue to evolve in the future, as you can see in this list of 29 different genocide definitions from 1944 to 2017v. For instance, in 1992, Webster's New World Encyclopedia widened the meaning to include the destruction of other people groups:

gen·o·cide – n.

The deliberate and systematic destruction of a national, racial, religious, political, cultural, ethnic, or other group defined by the exterminators as undesirablevi.

Webster’s New World Encyclopaedia, Prentice Hall General Reference, 1992

Abortion fits into this definition because it is deliberate and systematic destruction of a group of people defined as undesirable by abortion proponents; namely unwanted babies in the womb.

Some may argue that abortion is not deliberate and systematic, however the UK and global abortion statistics speak otherwise. The UK has a comprehensive system for the mass killing of unwanted babies in the womb on a daily basis which is funded by over a hundred million pounds of tax-payer money annually. While pre-born babies as a whole are not targeted by the abortion industry, unwanted babies definitely are.

Others argue that babies in the womb are non-human or non-persons and therefore killing them is permissible. This is reminiscent of the many historic and present injustices where Christian, Jewish, Muslim, black, homosexual, female and other human beings were considered non-persons. Do perpetrators or defenders of genocide ever admit that their victims are fully human? Indeed, abortion proponents denying the humanity and personhood of unwanted pre-born babies is exactly what we would expect if a genocide were happening today in the UK.

All human beings deserve human rights, regardless of whether a particular government or group of people think so. Furthermore, it is patently unscientific to claim that pre-born babies are non-human as embryology textbooks unanimously agree: human life begins at fertilisationvii.

Finally, it has been argued that unwanted babies in the womb do not represent a “national, racial, religious, cultural or ethnic” group and therefore abortion is technically not a genocide. However, unwanted babies in the womb certainly represent a “group defined by the exterminators as undesirable”, by nature of being unwanted, and therefore abortion is truly a genocide.

Why Compare Abortion to Past Genocides?

Every genocide is a crime against humanity and ought to be opposed by good men and women everywhere. By comparing abortion to past genocides we are not trivialising those injustices; all genocides are horrific, evil and should be opposed. Survivors and families of the victims should be given our support and compassion. The abortion genocide is likewise horrific, evil and should be opposed. Abortion survivors and families of the victims should be given our support and compassion.

By comparing abortion to past genocides we are not trivialising those injustices; rather we are shedding light on a societal injustice that needs to be opposed, and standing up for the victims of this genocide.

Likewise, we are not making this comparison to condemn those who have had abortions but to give a voice to those who have no voice. We care deeply for those who have had abortions and we know it can sometimes be a traumatic experience. The good news is that there is hope and a way to recovery after abortion. We would love you to explore the PASE (Post Abortion Support for Everyone) website to find help for yourself or those close to you who may have had abortions.

Abortion Reality

It is hard to grasp the scope of the destruction of human life without seeing it for yourself. Watch the reality of abortion here:

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How Should We Respond to Genocide?

What else can we call the deliberate mass destruction of a particular group of human beings, other than genocide?

When we look back through history, we celebrate those who stood against genocide and injustice, and hope that we would have done likewise. It has been said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing.

We have an opportunity in the UK to turn back the tide of evil that has been sweeping across our nation. Through our Public Education Teams, we are changing hearts and minds and persuading people to take a stand against the genocide and defend women and babies. Through Brephos we are reviving a biblical care for justice within the UK church, and through PASE we are supporting women and men suffering under the trauma and burden of past abortions.

Will you join the movement to end abortion?

For further information, read Why Abortion is Genocide, an article by Gregg Cunningham, Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (USA).


i Latest UK Abortion Statistics 2020, Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK (link)
ii World Health Organisation (link)
iii Abortion costs £30m higher than previously thought, The Telegraph (link)
iv Your taxes are funding abortion on-demand overseas, Christian Concern (link)
v Genocide definitions, Wikipedia (link)
vi Webster’s New World Encyclopaedia, Prentice Hall General Reference, 1992
vii “Human development begins at fertilization… This... marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual”, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition