Worldometer is an independent site that collects data from governments and other reputable organizations and then reports the data, along with estimates and projections, based on those numbers. 
For 2018, Worldometer estimates approximately 59 million deaths took place worldwide. A few of the causes listed were:
Cancer – 8.2 million people
Smoking – 5 million people
HIV/AIDS – 1.7 million people
Other death causes listed, but at much smaller numbers, were alcohol, suicide, and malaria. Those are saddening numbers. Far too many people are taken, and families scarred, by these horrible diseases, tragedies, and addictions.
Even with the many lives represented by these numbers, there is still one life-taking cause that trumps them all. In fact, the unbelievably high number of victims from the number one cause of death in 2018 is far greater than the total of most other listed causes combined. You can add almost any other medical or accidental death cause total not listed to the combined total and still not surpass it.
What is this cosmic sized victim count? 41.9 million people in 2018 alone.
And, what is this leading cause of death? In one word, Abortion. 
Other Disturbing Numbers
“Globally, just under a quarter of all pregnancies (23 percent) were ended by abortion in 2018, and for every 33 live births, ten infants were aborted.” 
“In America, just under 1 million babies are aborted every year. Though abortion rates have been dropping in the past decade, abortion remains the leading cause of death in the United States as well.
An estimated 60 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade in 1973.” 
“When the controversies about abortion are debated, “individual right of choice” is invoked as though it were the one supreme virtue. That could only be true if but one person were involved. The rights of any one individual do not allow the rights of another individual to be abused. In or out of marriage, abortion is not solely an individual matter. Terminating the life of a developing baby involves two individuals with separate bodies, brains, and hearts. A woman’s choice for her own body does not include the right to deprive her baby of life—and a lifetime of choices that her child would make.
As Latter-day Saints, we should stand up for choice—the right choice—not simply for choice as a method.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has consistently opposed the practice of abortion. More than a century ago, the First Presidency wrote, “We again take this opportunity of warning the Latter-day Saints against those … practices of foeticide and infanticide.”
“Life is precious! No one can cuddle an innocent infant, look into those beautiful eyes, feel the little fingers, and kiss that baby’s cheek without a deepening reverence for life and for our Creator. Life comes from life. It is no accident. It is a gift from God. Innocent life is not sent by Him to be destroyed. It is given by Him and is naturally to be taken by Him alone. I testify that life is eternal as He is eternal.” -Elder Russell M. Nelson 
What is the Church’s Official Stance on Abortion?
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.
The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when:
- Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or
- A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or
- A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.
The Church teaches its members that even these rare exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have consulted with their local church leaders and feel through personal prayer that their decision is correct.
The Church has not favored or opposed legislative proposals or public demonstrations concerning abortion.” 
Marching for a Cause
The annual March for Life in the United States will take place in Washington, D.C., on January 18, 2019, with the theme “Unique from Day One.” The stated purpose of the march is to end abortion by “uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.”
The next day, January 19, the annual Women’s March will be held in the same place. One of the nineteen stated purposes for this march says:
“We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. We understand that we can only have reproductive justice when reproductive health care is accessible to all people regardless of income, location or education.”  (bolding added)
While I can agree with the basis for several of the Women’s March’s other stated goals, this group loses my support entirely with their desire to have the number one cause of death in 2018, and every year previous, and most likely going forward, remain “open,” ” legal,” and “affordable”.
We Can Find a Cure
Abortion, the number one cause of death in our nation and around the world, is something we can cure. It won’t cost us a dime or require countless hours spent by researchers in labs. No trials need be run and no FDA approval would be necessary. But the drop in fatalities could be dramatic and immediate. All this cure takes is some sexual self-restraint, a healthy dose of personal accountability for actions, and some compassion for the life within and for couples who would love to begin or enlarge their family with that child through adoption.
God’s plan for the happiness of His spirit children, here and eternally, depends on them receiving a physical body and experiencing mortality. Abortion on demand, no matter how it’s packaged, is part of Satan’s plan to try to thwart Heavenly Father’s plan, and prevent us from becoming like Him.
(*When I began this article, Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 2:00 PM (CDT) there had been an estimated 183, 646 abortions worldwide since the new year began according to the Worldometer site. When I finished, that same afternoon, at 5:03 PM, that number had risen to 196,825. That’s 13,179 people killed in three hours and three minutes.)
 “Worldometer – voted as one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world— keeps a running tally through the year of interesting world statistics, including population, births, deaths, automobiles produced, books published, and CO2 emissions.”, along with many other interesting categories. (From the Worldometer.info website.)
 Worldometers total number of abortions worldwide in 2018 is based on the latest statistics on abortions published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
 “Abortion Was the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2018, Killing 42 Million People”, Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews.com, Dec 31, 2018
 “Abortion Leading Cause of Death in 2018 with 41 Million Killed”, Thomas D. Williams, PHD, Breitbart, December 31, 2018
 LifeNews article above.
 “Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless”, Elder Russell M. Nelson, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Ensign, October 2008
 womensmarch.com website