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NYC Statistics: More Abortions Than Live Births for Blacks in 2012

Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 08:50 AM

By Cathy Burke

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New York City's non-Hispanic black women had more abortions than live births in 2012, Health Department figures show.

According to the statistics from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 52.6 percent of pregnancies in non-Hispanic black women were aborted in 2012.

The city's figures log 31,328 "induced terminations" or abortions, 3,446 "spontaneous terminations," and 24,758 live births among non-Hispanic black women that year.

With 73,815 total abortions in New York City that year, the number among non-Hispanic blacks represents 42.4 percent, CNS News reported Friday.

The citywide total of abortions was 37 percent of the 197,046 pregnancies reported in 2012, the figures show.

Among Hispanic women, there were 22,917 abortions in 2012, or 31 percent of the total citywide. Non-Hispanic white women had 9,704 abortions, and Asian and Pacific Islander women had 4,493, the data shows.

The statistics show the city's abortion rate dropped 8.6 percent from 2011, and it has plunged 19 percent since 2003 and 22 percent since 2000.

While the city's abortion rate has declined to the lowest since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states in its landmark Rose vs. Wade decision, it remains well above the national average.


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