Data 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.