Ken's Project Blog

January 7, 2011

A Delicate, Depressing Topic

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ken @ 6:16 pm

Yesterday, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygine gave a reporting of the births and abortions in NYC for the year 2009, and the news is staggeringly depressing, with a tiny, sliver-thin ray of hope…

First, the good news – abortions are becoming just a bit less common in New York City, with the number of pregnancies that end in abortion down, continuing its ten-year downward trend, with only 39% of all pregnancies resulting in an abortion. That’s slightly less than four out of ten – and that is the staggeringly depressing news.

Examining the numbers that make up that percentage are truly depressing – of the 225,667 pregnancies in the city, 126,774 resulted in a live birth, 11,620 were what is called a “spontaneous termination”, and 87,273 abortions were performed in New York City in 2009. The 39% abortion rate does not include the so-called “spontaneous terminations.”

That’s 239 abortions per day, every day of 2009…

While Pro-Choice advocates like to fill our heads with the need to keep abortion safe and legal for the benefit of victims of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother (which are all perfectly valid reasons), I have to believe they would be hard-pressed to argue that those issues recur 239 timkes every day in New York City. That’s an opinion, but in the year 2007 (which is not 2009), the US DOJ reported there were 69,850 rapes reported in the entire country – rape simply isn’t that common. and yes, it probably is under-reported, but every rape doesn’t end in pregnancy either, so those two variables cancel each other out, in my opinion.

Let’s go beneath the surface and take a look at a breakdown by race of the 87,273 abortions in New York City:

  • 40,798 (47%) abortions were to black women, who represent about 24.5% of population in 2000
  • 28,364 (32%) abortions were to hispanic women, who represent about 27% of population in 2000
  • 18,120 (21%) abortions were to women who were neither black nor hispanic, which represents the remaining 51.5% of population in 2000

I wonder how Margaret Sanger, founder of what is now known as Planned Parenthood, the largest reproductive health care concern in the country, would view those numbers…

CBS News report “39 Percent Of NYC Pregnancies Result In Abortion”

NYC Health Report 2009 summary

NYC Department of City Planning 2000 Census Summary

Wikipedia article on the Demographics of New York City


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