Yesha Callahan

Statistics Show More Black Babies Are Aborted Than Born In NYC

black-woman-pregnant-belly-crop1Data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals that black women had more abortions than live births in 2012. While the city’s abortion rate has declined to the lowest since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, it remains well above the national average.

A recently released report titled “Summary of Vital Statistics 2012, The City of New York,” shows some startling statistics when it comes to the black abortion rate in NYC. According to the report, black women had more abortions than births in 2012. On top of the high abortion rate, black women also had the highest number of pregnancies and miscarriages.

Black women delivered 24,758 live births, Hispanic women produced over 10,000 more and white women gave birth to the highest number of live babies at 39,112.

As far as pregnancy terminations, black children who were aborted comprised 42.4 percent of the total number of abortions in New York City. In 2012, out of 73,815 abortions in the city, 31,328 black babies were aborted.

Even with these statistics, that some may call grim, the city’s abortion rate dropped 8.6 percent from 2011, and it has decreased 19 percent since 2003 and 22 percent since 2000.

 

The full report is available here

  1. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    🙁 I don’t know how I feel about the fact that this information is recorded, especially the fact that it’s broken down by “race”. I understand about “records” but it feels wrong.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @MissCrys

      I believe most of these stats are coming from public, health facilities instead of private ones.

  2. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    i keep saying black folks are the only ones being asked not to have kids… everything from “wait til you have enough money” , “you need to be able to pay for your kids college even though you managed to reach your goals without somebody else paying your way even if you had to take out loans & pay for it yourself”, “it’s better to abort your baby daddy’s kid than be a statistical single mom”, “having more than 2 kids is irresponsible”, blah blah blah propoganda being used to convince bw that it’s better to NOT spread your seed b/c it’s taboo to make black babies. all that is now putting us in a situation where we the only population in this country going down in numbers, bringing our collective wealth down, our voting power down, our lobbying power down… but the hispanics? babies for days… gays? adoptive babies for days… and we falling for the lip service too. black folks be turning they nose up at each other for doing the one thing that guarantees you’ll have a legacy: creating a big enough family to survive good and bad times. nope, we don’t wanna have no more than enough to replace mom & dad. you know how little bit of money you would have if all you asked your boss for was one dollar just to make up for the dollars you already spent yesterday? you would have no wealth and be living check to check. but that’s how we look at our families. just enough to replace the 2 parents that were there before. god forbid y’all have a genetic trait that has a 50/50 chance of killing off you or your kids… no legacy for you. ijs

    • March 4, 2014 - Reply

      @Me

      Thank you for speaking the truth! People act like Margaret Sanger loved black people and created Planned Parenthood to help us out! Children are as expensive as you make them and you never know how they would’ve changed your life. When you die all that’s left is your legacy.

  3. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    MimiLuvs

    Are you suggesting black women are having even more abortions at private clinics? I know where your comment is going and to be honest it’s completely irrelevant. This isn’t a comparison between races but between those babies who are born and those who are aborted.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      @Ivory

      If these stats were comprised of private clinics/hospitals, as well as, with public (a.k.a. “City hospitals”) clinics/hospitals, the outcomes could’ve been very different.
      This is what I am saying.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      And besides…
      With the article’s title being “Statistics Show More Black Babies Are Aborted Than Born in NYC” (along with stats being divided in racial background), you shouldn’t be surprise that a reader will think about this, in terms of race.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      “…This isn’t a comparison between races but between those babies who are born and those who are aborted….”

      Well, I advise you to tell that to the statisticians who divided up their findings by the racial backgrounds of these women.

      ” I know where your comment is going and to be honest it’s completely irrelevant.”

      The title of this Clutch article: “Statistics Show More Black Babies Are Aborted Than Born In NYC”.
      So, yeah, it is irrelevant, especially when it was brought up in the first place.

  4. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Black women didn’t read the memo at the bottom of the Feminist Movement “Free Love” and “Right to Choose” victories. That said sex before marriage was ok, multiple partners and non committed sex was ok and gave women 100% control over their reproductive rights. At the bottom of the memo in small print it said MUST TAKE THE PILL. You are now 100% in control and now you are 100% accountable and responsible for your body, life and future.

    Today, in the black community women are getting abortions for the kids they don’t want and turning around and blaming black men for getting them pregnant with the kids they keep! Zero accountability and responsibility on their part. You can’t have 100% control and then abdicate all or half of the the accountability and responsibility when it’s convenient. The truth is no race nor nation has successfully been able to use condoms exclusively as a long term birth control option, fact. Yet the black community blames lack of condom use as the main reason for unwanted pregnancies. We’re setting teens and young adults up for failure.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Tell The Truth

      Black women don’t blame black men for impregnating them, they blame them for RUNNING if the woman does become pregnant.

      Also, BLACK WOMEN are the ones taking responsibility because, ultimately, they are doing a two-person job on their own.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Tell The Truth

      @renae215

      You’re blaming a bum, player or thug for not being responsible? lol You knew who he was before you laid with him. You can’t change a man. When someone shows you who they are believe it!

  5. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    I feel like this is one topic that can be file under the “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” category for Black women in this country.If a black women chooses to abort her unborn child, then she is murdering negress who is destroying her chance at building a legacy. If she does decide to become a mother, she is a hoodrat is adding to our “Our of wedlock” problem that is rampant in the black community and she needs to learn how to use birth control.
    Now, in regards to whether if I am “Pro-choice” or “Pro-Life”, I am the former. I would find it to be hypothcritical if I said that I was latter, ever since I had an abortion when I was a teen.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      I’m not trying to judge you but in all honesty, having had an abortion should not be the main reason to become pro-choice. Heck, even the woman who started it all, Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, had a complete change of heart and is now actively trying to make abortions illegal.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      Ok well these “damned if they don’t” Black women could’ve done the responsible thing and used contraceptives that are widely available instead of irresponsibly copulating unprotected. C’mon people, contraceptives are not a new invention. Judging from the numbers, abortion in the black community looks more like a quietly accepted form of birth control than the absolute last resort that it should be.

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      I’ve always been ‘pro-choice’, even before I had received one.
      I explained the reason why I had an abortion in another comment on this article.

  6. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    I would be interested in seeing the rest of the data related to these numbers. Who’s aborting all these babies? When I see people bragging over being single with no kids (or judging the choices of others)I sometimes wonder at what cost.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Dana

      You have a point. I wonder how many in the “holier than thou” crowd are actually having abortions (thereby hiding their secrets) yet simultaneously looking down on women who go through with an unplanned pregnancy and decide to give birth. Plenty of people are having sex, even women who want to act high and mighty about their morals. It wouldn’t surprise me if some of these women were having abortions to keep their private activities from being made glaringly public. It’s probably not a huge number, I hope people aren’t that conniving.

  7. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    I’m pro-choice, but emphatically believe that abortion should not be used as a form of birth control.

    That being said, if these children had been born, more than likely people would be complaining that they are being taken care of by the state and blaming single mothers.

    I think it would be helpful to understand who these women aborting the babies are; Young? Unmarried? Married? Unemployed? Rich? There are a multitude of reasons one has an abortion, being sexually irresponsible is only one of them

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Knotty Natural

      Poor Hispanics have no problem at all carrying pregnancies to full term, and they do get the benefit of government assistance. Given this proxy, I highly doubt it’s poor Black women having these abortions. So I think it’s mostly single, middle-to-upper income Black women with health plans and disposable income doing it.

      In pure demographic terms, Hispanics are winning from strength in numbers alone. It’s shocking to me how Blacks do not get this. Hispanics have barely been in this country for half a century, and they’ve already secured a strong political base.

      “black children who were aborted comprised 42.4 percent of the total number of abortions in New York City. In 2012, out of 73,815 abortions in the city, 31,328 black babies were aborted.”

      Those numbers represent a totally disgusting and callous act at the level of ethnic cleansing. Smh.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Knotty Natural

      Poor Hispanics have no problem at all carrying pregnancies to term, and they do get the benefit of government assistance. Given this proxy, I highly doubt it’s poor Black women having these abortions. So I think it’s mostly single, middle-to-upper income Black women with health plans and disposable income doing it.

      In pure demographic terms, Hispanics are winning from strength in numbers alone. It’s shocking to me how Blacks do not get this. Hispanics have barely been in this country for half a century, and they’ve already secured a strong and growing political base.

      “black children who were aborted comprised 42.4 percent of the total number of abortions in New York City. In 2012, out of 73,815 abortions in the city, 31,328 black babies were aborted.”

      Those numbers represent a totally disgusting and callous tragedy at the level of ethnic cleansing. Smh.

  8. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    I would be interested in seeing the rest of the data related to this. When I hear men and woman advertising their “single and childless” I sometimes wonder at what cost. I hope this isn’t it.

  9. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    I think the comment regarding the private clinics is suggesting that the numbers for non black woman may be lower due to the fact that they are being serviced at private clinics.
    Anywho, I agree with Mimiluvs and Knotty Natural. Woman are just going to be blamed and shamed here. Nothing new.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Dana

      Private clinics most certainly do not release their numbers, which is why the data is IMO skewed. The fact is that other women with means, who have no use for public services, are having abortions as well! They just have the luxury of paying for privacy.

  10. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    The mainstream media cannot STOP talking about black women negatively. They should find something else to do, or at least have something positive to talk about.

    How about we talk about the fact that black women lead all other groups in college enrollment, that we have made great strides in the professional arena, or the growing number of businesses owned by black women (again, growing more quickly than any other category)? There are tons of black women accomplishing great things EVERY DAY, but no one wants to talk about that.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @rena215

      I’m sorry, but I visit Clutch every day & they’re the only site that has news concerning black women, that does not ONLY include gossip & celebrity BS like other websites.

      And if you’re mad about these statistics, get from behind your keyboard complaining & do something about it. The full report is in the post. Read it & start educating young girls and boys.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @rena215

      That’s been covered: http://mundane-mint.flywheelsites.com/2014/02/know-black-women-lead-groups-college-enrollment-watch/

      Also, you may want to check out our “She’s So Ambitious” articles, where we highlight black women entrepreneurs: http://mundane-mint.flywheelsites.com/?s=she%27s+so+ambitious

      Clutch covers a variety of topics on a daily basis, that has to deal with all aspects and view points.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @rena215

      As referenced in my earlier post, I am specifically referring to mainstream media (I do not count Clutch as mainstream media). These past few years, I’ve seen mainstream media outlets go out of their way to slam black women. These media outlets (i.e., Nightline, Psychology Today, and pretty much every other major newspaper) completely ignore the postive things going on with black women. No one else finds this trend problematic?

      IMO, all of these “statistics” coming out about black women recently – about the out of wedlock births, low marriage rate, high abortion rates , and low levels of physical attractiveness – in the mainstream media are intentionally and overwhemingly negative and are put out there as an attempt to keep black women in their place.

      Anyway, these statistics coming out about the high abortion rate ARE skewed. I’m willing to bet my 401(k) that Becky over at the private women’s clinic was not required to record her race when she got her abortion.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @rena215

      @Nikkoli: I may be in the minority, but I am actually not bothered by these statistics (assuming, for the sake of argument, these statistics are accurate). Are there better options than abortion? Yes. However, I still see this better than the alternative – a high number of mothers having children they cannot take care of. That being said, although I do not view this a bad thing, I understand that this has the potential to shed black women, as a whole, ina negative light.

      What bothers me is seeing outlets that could care less about black women clamoring over themselves to shed black women in a negative light. I did a Google search and saw a plethora of web sites running articles about this study.

      Again, I’m am not talking about Clutch. The main reason I read Clutch is becuase it has so many positve articles about black women (which, btw, is where I got all of my examples in my original post).

    • March 3, 2014 - Reply

      @rena215

      @rena215

      Believe me sis, they know we’re doing big things. Of course it doesn’t fit their agenda to make all of our contributions to the world, both new and past, common knowledge. Those who are the highest achieving have the most haters usually, right? Why else would people be so obsessed with criticizing us if they didn’t know how truly special we are. To all my other sisters; do know that you have a legacy unlike any other, race and gender aside. All of this hate we’re constantly receiving is fear that we’ll eventually start recognizing and achieving our potential. We’ve always had things rough, but when much is given, much is tested. Keep your heads up, and continue letting your beauty, intelligence, and creative spirits shine!

  11. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    The bottom line is if you’re a young, healthy, sexually active women not using some form of female contraceptive you’re going to get pregnant at some point in your life. More than likely multiple times in your life.

    When trust is built and feeling and emotions are involved condoms are not used or not used as often regardless of race. This is just a fact of life. Yes, plan on using a condom every time but you better have a back up plan if you don’t want to get pregnant.

  12. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    This is the thing, women of means (whatever their race) will go to a “private clinic, hence we will never know the true abortion rate.

    While I’m pro-choice, I don’t want abortion to be a form of birth control. But an unwanted child shouldn’t be brought into the world. I do know women who were shall we say somewhat bullied by their parents, their church or even the boyfriend (who usually leaves) into having a child. Frighten and confused she makes the choice that is good for everyone else but her!

    Women have to have the right to choose.

    It seems sometimes as Black women, we are expected to carry and produce the race, with little regard as to how our lives maybe disrupted! Again,I’m not saying abortion should be birth control, but women need a choice based on their lives, needs and their future.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @G

      I agree with you and all the other ladies saying the same thing. I am pro-choice it burns me up when I see people shamed out of abortion because of people are not willing to understand the reasons why going through with a pregnancy may not be the best thing for the potential mother or the child that may result. I have seen many women who shouldn’t have sex, let alone be able to reproduce kept on having kids they treat bad or can’t take care of because they do not believe in abortion or birth control for that matter. Then I have seen people who do not believe in abortion turn around and complain about people being on welfare and what their tax dollars is being used for. I don’t believe in using abortion as birth control but I do believe that a woman has a right to choose that method if she has to and not feel ashamed.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @G

      Even though my parents didn’t raise me in a devout religious environment, a very large portion of my family is religious (mainly Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness and Catholic). Once they heard news about my pregnancy and my plans to abort, they made their displeasure with my choice known. They all knew about the conception of my unborn child (I was sexually assaulted and one of the men was the father) and they knew about my problems (one of those problems was undiagnosed case of PTSD). But I was now pregnant and I had to “face my responsibilities”.

      “… I have seen many women who shouldn’t have sex, let alone be able to reproduce kept on having kids they treat bad or can’t take care of because they do not believe in abortion or birth control for that matter…”

      I know plenty of women/teenagers who are like this, unfortunately. I’ve called ACS on them, a few times prior, but nothing happened.

  13. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Mimi

    Those aren’t the only two choices. You can have a child while married or single and financially stable with a worthwhile and willing co-parent.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      “Those aren’t the only two choices. You can have a child while married or single and financially stable with a worthwhile and willing co-parent.”

      I’m sure if you were to fill a standard sized room with women/teens who chose to abort their unborn children and then ask them for their reasons behind their decisions, you will receive various answers.
      I can only speak about my experience and I will say that I was not healthy at the moment (mainly, mentally and emotionally) to raise a child as well as carry it to full-term.

  14. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    In bad economic times the idea of having a child is not wise.

    There are many places in the country where Birth Control (BC) is very difficult to find. The religious right had made almost impossible to find BC. There are state laws that allow pharmacists to opt out of providing BC as an issue of religious freedom.

    So what other option is there? Having an abortion. Family planning clinics are being shut down as the religious right would love to do away with both BC and abortion based on their religious believes.

  15. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Margaret Sanger would be happy with this news.

  16. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    New York City women, in general, have great access to abortion, unlike many, or most, areas of the U.S. Congrats to them for exercising their options.

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply

      @dbsm

      abortion shouldn’t be used as birth control. STDs alone is enough reasons to use something else to stop a baby from being born. if NYC women are having this much abortion, the message of safe sex and contraception aren’t registering with them and that needs to be addressed.

  17. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    NYC is one of the most expensive cities to live in, so I’m not surprised. Most folks here can’t treat getting knocked up like a happy accident when it costs over $1000/month to live in a studio in a crappy part of town.

  18. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    I’m not a fan of the new commenting section. Its difficult to keep up with the conversation and see who is responding to who.

  19. February 28, 2014 - Reply

    The way the data is presented is racist and stigmatizing. Ignoring the socioeconomic and health realities of Blacks and Latinas in New York and the US overall is just irresponsible reporting.

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply

      @Elizabeth

      What’s racist about it? Because black women are the ones having the abortions?

      And what’s irresponsible abt it? I don’t see the author giving an opinion, the numbers from the report are right there for you to draw your own conclusions.

      Reporting means stating facts–which were from the NYC report..

      Op-Ed—–stating an opinion..which is not involved here.

      If you have an issue with the number of abortions women are having..then do something about it.

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply

      @Elizabeth

      Presenting facts without any context is irresponsible. Black women “deliver,” Hispanic women “produce,” but white women “give birth.” Doesn’t feel quite right to me.

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply

      @Elizabeth

      Hey look, you just wrote an op-ed comment.

      Way to go!

      Seems like you’re reading way too much into something & trying to turn the various ways of saying “birth” into something racial..

      Would it be racial if it said white women produced or delivered?

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply

      @Elizabeth

      Being defensive and close-minded won’t get you anywhere. We can agree to disagree.

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply

      @Elizabeth

      Hmmm…not sure where you see defensiveness…I asked a simple question..carry on 🙂

      LMAO!

  20. March 1, 2014 - Reply

    I was looking at a documentary last year that asked the question, “What is the leading cause of death for black people?” My first thought was health issues like cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure. When he started polling people on the street and they answered the same as I did they were wrong. Then I thought…violence! Nope. The leading cause of death for black folk is abortion. I didn’t believe it until I looked it up. I am still shocked. Every woman has to make her own choices, but it just seems like something else more insidious is going on.

  21. March 4, 2014 - Reply

    You people do know that the majority of white women are not rich enough to afford private doctors, right? So that shoots down the whole “private clinics” theory.

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