Abortions Among Black Women: Are we being targeted?

Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — The new report the Centers for Disease Control released this week about annual abortion figures in the United States shows abortions continue to target black women more so than other ethnic groups. The 2004 report also shows about 10 percent of all abortions in the United States are done with the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.The CDC shows a majority of women who get abortions are white (53 percent) compared with 35 percent done on African-Americans, 8 percent on women of other ethnic backgrounds and the race of the woman was unknown in four percent of the cases.

However, the abortion ratio for black women (472 per 1,000 live births) was 2.9 times higher than the ratio for white women (161 per 1,000).

Examined another way, nearly half of all pregnancies among black women end in abortion while just 16 percent of pregnancies among while women end in abortion. The abortion rate for black women (28 per 1,000 women) was 2.8 times the rate for white women (10 per 1,000) — meaning a much greater percentage


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4 responses to “Abortions Among Black Women: Are we being targeted?

  1. christine

    In the book Sex, Race and Class by Angela Davis, she writes about Planned Parenthood and how women of color are its focus because way back when, the mother of it all and the idol of so many feminists- Margaret Sanger- was concerned with women of color having too many children and fought to give them condoms.

    Margaret Sanger is not the business. Of course, women need, and are entitled to, the freedom that comes with birth control, but her motives were frightening- keeping the population of people of color to a minimum.

  2. Yeah..
    Planned Parenthood has it’s roots in racism. I think that the issue of abortion and Black wimmin is also one of infrastructure. Most of us don’t have villages in which to raise our children. Without villages, there is poverty, isolation, rage, abuse, depression… I think a lot of wimmin choose abortion not as the best choice for us as individuals or for us as a people. I think they’re choosing it because they have very few choices at all which will not see them living with their children, being forced to deal with all of what it means to raise a child without a village.

  3. Google Margaret Sanger…also get a copy of “what Black Men Think”…we tackle this issue head on in the film, specifically as it relates to blacks

  4. Thanks Janks. Good note. I was just reading about Sanger and “The Negro Project” in the book, “Medical Aparthide”.

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