Although the U.S. abortion rate declined by more than one-third between 1990 and 2005, abortion took a startling toll among blacks in 2005, according to new national statistics.
Abortion killed more blacks than the seven leading causes of death combined, according to a CNSNews.com breakdown of the statistics for 2005, the latest year for which the abortion numbers are available.
Overall, the number of abortions, the abortion rate, and the pregnancy rate all declined, according to the recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimated 6.41 million pregnancies in the United States in 2005 included 4.14 million live births, 1.21 million induced abortions, and 1.06 million miscarriages or other fetal losses, according to LifeNews.com.
Nearly 204,000 blacks were aborted in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005. That compares with the 198,385 blacks nationwide who succumbed to the seven leading causes of death for black Americans combined that same year, according to the CNSNews.com analysis.
Those seven death causes were heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases, CNSNews.com said.
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The abortion numbers do not include those done through "private physicians' procedures," the CDC report said.
The statistics about blacks prompted the Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr. to echo his concerns about not only the abortions but also the health implications, CNSNews.com reported.
Childress, founder of BlackGenocide.org, told CNSNews.com that, despite the statistics, "The Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Urban League, and the National Action Committee of Al Sharpton fail abysmally to report not only the decimation but the health ramifications which are questionably very pertinent and provable.
“It would be one thing if we were talking about something hypothetically, but these are actual empirical proofs. . . We simply want the health issues of abortion to be discussed,” Childress said.
CNSNews.com also recalled the brutally stark statement Alveda King used in August 2007 to assess abortion's toll among blacks.
“The great irony is that abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of,” said King, a niece of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a pro-life activist.
Regarding the CDC report in general, LifeNews.com noted that the abortion rate fell during the first five years of the Bush administration, "despite claims by abortion advocates to the contrary," and "the birth rate began rising toward the end as more women chose to carry their unplanned pregnancies to term."
When George W. Bush won his first presidential election, in 2000, CDC figures showed that the abortion rate was at 21.3 percent, but it declined to 19.4 percent by 2005, LifeNews.com reported.
After the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision allowing abortion in 1973, the abortion rate was at its highest in the late 1970s and early 1980s — and it peaked at 29.3 percent in 1981. The rates began falling in the late 1980s, they declined dramatically in 1990, and they have continued to fall, according to the CDC report.
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