ACCORDING TO new statistics released by New York City’s government, a staggering 41 percent of all pregnancies in NYC end in abortion. Even more astounding: Among African-Americans, the percentage of unborn babies that are aborted goes up to 59.8 percent (ratios among other races ranged from 20.4 percent for non-Hispanic Whites to 41.3 percent for Hispanics and 22.7 percent for Asians). Remarkably, 41 percent is actually a decrease from the 46 percent recorded in the city only 12 years ago. Naturally, these new figures are setting off a fire storm between pro-life activists and pro-choice advocates. Planned Parenthood is calling for increased education and wider use of contraception, while the Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan has called the figures “chilling” and points out that 30 years of contraception education haven’t reduced the abortion numbers by much.
New York City’s numbers may seem shocking, but what about the rest of America? The national abortion ratio, while nowhere near the Big Apple’s, was at 23 percent in 2005, according to the most recent numbers. That means more than one out of five babies, 1.2 million in all, were aborted that year.
1. BRONX: 48% of pregnancies aborted.
Total Abortions: 20,221
Total Viable Pregnancies: 42,078
Total Births: 21,857
2. QUEENS: 39% of pregnancies aborted.
Total Abortions: 17,386
Total Viable Pregnancies: 44,760
Total Births: 27,374
3. STATEN ISLAND: 32% of pregnancies aborted.
Total Abortions: 2,730
Total Viable Pregnancies: 8,437
Total Births: 5,707
4. MANHATTAN: 38% of pregnancies aborted.
Total Abortions: 12,269
Total Viable Pregnancies: 32,280
Total Births: 20,011
5. BROOKLYN: 39% of pregnancies aborted.
Total Abortions: 27,229
Total Viable Pregnancies: 69,032
Total Births: 41,803