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Statistics on Abortion, Race Troubling To Some New Yorkers

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Abortion statistics recently released by the Health Department in New York City have raised some eyebrows.  ABC affiliate WABC recently reported the new numbers show that 41 percent of all pregnancies in the city end in abortion.  The report, titled, "Summary of Vital Statistics 2012, The City of New York," also broke down abortion rates according to race.

It showed abortion rates among minorities are even higher. The website News One reported that black women had the highest rate of abortion according to the study. So high, in fact, that more pregnancies among black women end in abortion than live births, with an abortion rate of nearly 60 percent.  According to the story, out of 73,815 pregnancies in the city in 2012, 42 percent — over 30,000 — were abortions performed on black women.

The abortion rate among Hispanics was 41.3 percent; among whites, 20.4 percent; and among Asians, 22.7 percent. 

Those numbers are troubling to both professionals and critics of abortion. The News One story does note, however, that the overall abortion rate has dropped 22 percent in the city since 2000.

That’s not good enough, according to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

"If 41 percent of New York babies are aborted, with the percentage even higher in the Bronx and among our African-American babies in the world, it is downright chilling,” he said in the WABC story.

The statistics raise the question of education and whether agencies in the city are doing enough to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Planned Parenthood wasn’t pleased with the high numbers in the study but issued a statement defending its education policy.

“We believe in comprehensive sex education, which by the way does include abstinence, but abstinence by itself has been proven to be ineffective,” the non-profit organization said according to WABC.

Dolan disagreed.

"My word, what have we done the last 30 years,” he asked. “There’s candy bowls on people's desks with condoms, they're dropping them from airplanes, yet nothing seems to improve, so they've been on the wrong track here.” 

Sources: WABC-TV, News One

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