Over 55% of abortions reported for race/ethnicity performed on Black or Hispanic women, 2012

A new report on abortion stats published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that abortions have decreased in the last year, a trend that has continued for the past 25 years but sadly remains disproportionately high among minorities. Because abortion reporting requirements vary from state to state, the numbers do not represent all abortions performed in the United States.

CDC Abortions numbers 2012 reported 2015

According to the latest data, published November 27, 2015, abortions fell by more than 30,000 from the previous year. In 2012, 699,202 abortions were reported to CDC, down 31,120 from the 730,322 abortions reported in 2011. From 2011 to 2012, the total number and ratio of reported abortions decreased 4% and the abortion rate decreased 5%. From 2003 to 2012, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 17%, 18%, and 14%, respectively, and reached their lowest level in 2012 for the entire period of analysis (2003–2012).

AGE

The stats also showed that women in their 20’s accounted for the majority of abortions and had the highest abortion rates. However teens less than 15 years-old accounted for .4% of the reported numbers while those 15–19 years accounted for 12.2% of all abortions. From 2003 to 2012, the percentage of abortions accounted for by adolescents aged 15–19 years decreased 27% and their abortion rate decreased 40%. The numbers reflects polling data which shows that support for making abortion broadly illegal is growing fastest among young adults. In fact, for all Millennials in 2012, only 37% considered abortion morally acceptable.

RACE

Research shows that family planning centers and abortion facilities often set up their locations in or near minority communities. In addition, the largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood was founded by a radical advocate of racist eugenics. As a result, the numbers of abortions performed on minorities and specifically Black women remain disproportionately high.

In 2011, the CDC revealed that almost 56% of all abortions reported for race were done on minority women. According to the latest report dated November 27,2015, in 2012, over 55% of abortions reported for race/ethnicity were performed on Black or Hispanic women.

CDC Abortions black hispanic

Among the 27 areas that reported abortions by race/ethnicity , non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic black women accounted for the largest percentages of abortions. According to the 2012 stats, Black women had the highest abortion rate (27.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and accounted for 36.7% of abortions reported for race/ethnicity while 18.7% of abortions were reported for Hispanic women. White women accounted for a slightly higher abortion percentage, 37.6% of reported abortions, but had the lowest abortion rate (7.7 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years).

In several states, Black Abortions reported for race broke down as follows:

Abortions on Black women 2012

Mississippi 63.6%
Georgia 59.5%
Tennessee 51.1%
Alabama 48.8%
North Carolina 47.6%
Delaware 43.4%
Michigan 48.2%
Virginia 43.9%
Missouri 41.1%
South Carolina 40.6%
Arkansas 39.7%
New York 39.7% (44.1% in New York City alone)
Ohio 39%
New Jersey 30.2%
Kentucky 25.8%
Texas 25.2%
Minnesota 23.6%
Kansas 22.5%
Indiana 27.6%
West Virginia 9.5%
South Dakota 9.3%
Colorado 7.2%
Oregon 5.9%
Utah 3.2%
Idaho 1.5%
Montana .8%

Abortions on Hispanic women 2012

Texas 37.9%
New York 27.5% (32.3% in New York City alone)
Colorado 23%
New Jersey 22.7%
Alabama 19.4%
Utah 18.2%
Idaho 15.5%
Oregon 11.7%
Delaware 11.4%
Virginia 11%
North Carolina 10.3%
Kansas 10.3%
Georgia 8.6%
Indiana 8.3%
Minnesota 6.6%
Arkansas 5.3%
South Carolina 5.1%
Ohio 4.2 %
Tennessee 4.2%
South Dakota 3.6%
Michigan 3.5%
Kentucky 3.5%
Montana 3.4%
Missouri 2.8%
Mississippi 1.7%
West Virginia .3%

GESTATION

babyat20weeks

The largest numbers of abortions were performed in the early trimester. However, over 6.000 abortions were performed at 21 weeks or greater. A 2014 report published by the Lozier Institute found that the United States is one of only seven countries in the world that permit elective abortion past 20 weeks. Efforts to ban abortions after 20 weeks have been opposed by the abortion industry, specifically Planned Parenthood. While Planned Parenthood publicly claims that abortions late in pregnancy are done mainly for severe fetal anomalies, undercover videos by The Center for Medical Progress disputed that claim. Live Action News has documented this contradiction in detail here.

According to the 2012 stats, only 467,959 abortions were reported to the CDC by gestation and broke down by weeks as follows:

    Less than 8 weeks 308,058
    9-13 weeks 119,994
    14-15 weeks 16,274
    16-17 weeks 8,641
    18-20 weeks 8,812
    21 weeks and older 6,180

The CDC has been collecting stats on abortion since 1969 and data includes medical as well as surgical abortions. Although most reporting areas collect and send abortion data to the CDC, the data remains incomplete and stats that are submitted to the CDC are done voluntarily. In addition, the stats do not include abortions from every state including some states that tend to have high numbers of abortion clinics. But the yearly stats from the numbers that are collected indicate that abortions are decreasing.

This was confirmed by the Associated Press who surveyed abortion providers in 45 states earlier this year. Their data collected mostly from 2013 and 2014 found that abortions continued to fall in those years. According to the AP, declines were seen in states that have passed pro-life laws as well as in more liberal states.

7 Responses to “Over 55% of abortions reported for race/ethnicity performed on Black or Hispanic women, 2012”

  1. Rev. John Rech Says:

    I don’t dispute surgical abortions are down. However abortion is not declining. Abortion available in a box at the local pharmacy is not accounted for in these statistics. Chemical abortions are in fact on the rise.
    Pro-lifers do not count or mention these poisons as abortions. Why? Is it because they want to prove ‘there is progress’ to justify more fundraising for the pro-life cause? Is it because they don’t see it as abortion?
    Maybe. Even Focus on the Family issued a new pamphlet that gives advice to women for chemical abortion (page 6). They justify doing this for the safety of the mother. Evidently, they have forgotten about the life of the pre-born image bearer of God.
    Any statistical analysis of American abortion is incomplete when it does not consider the category of drugs available to women in the pharmacy. If no such statistics are readily available, at least a mention of the rise of this method of abortion exploding in our country ought to be made.
    Sin of omission.
    Pretend we are winning.
    Lastly, I believe the phraseology referring to race would be better stated in this article as abortion ‘by race’ rather than ‘for race’. Please point out to me how this is abortion for race. I understand the history with Margaret Sanger, eugenics, and the location of child sacrifice centers it minority neighborhoods. But the author must understand that no proof of racial motive of the abortive parents was offered and pharmacies are in all neighborhoods. Let’s not omit that fact.
    #AbolishHumanAbortion

    • saynsumthn Says:

      John, I am well versed on the views of AHA and the way they lob accusations at pro-life people and make false assumptions about what we do and do not believe – something the Bible condemns by the way. We do believe that Plan B is abortive- however there has always been a percentage of what you refer to as “chemical abortions” that have not been counted. What we look at here are trends not exact numbers. I have addressed this several times on both the AHA FB page and this site. As for saying abortions “by race” instead of “for race” it is customary that when you are reviewing data to examine how it is written and report accordingly. While I do not deny you your views or argue with your reasoning on the race issue, studying stats may not be something AHA is used so allow me to explain why I used “by race.” It is simple- that is how it is referred to in the report from the CDC. BTW, If you care to read more on the claim that abortions are on the decline – you can click this link https://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/reducing-abortions-is-there-an-abortion-change/

    • FocusonTheFamily Says:

      Rev. Rech – Not to distract from the main topic of conversation, but we would like to provide a statement regarding the booklet you mentioned:

      The intended audience for this booklet is very specific: abortion-minded women who visit Pregnancy Medical Clinics (PMCs) seeking medical information related to their decision to terminate their pregnancy. It is not intended to sway the reader to a pro-life perspective using ideological or moral arguments. But it is one of many tools designed for use by trained, pro-life counselors at PMCs in the hope that presenting the facts of abortion will help steer the reader in the direction of choosing life.

      More specifically, the booklet is intended to educate—and to indicate the dangers of—a mifepristone/misoprostol abortion as it is currently performed. Its purpose is also to affirm that inside each pregnant woman is a special, unique person—all of this to an audience that, as many Pregnancy Medical Clinic directors have indicated, might disregard a piece of literature overtly directive in pointing women away from abortion.

      As Dr. W. David Hager clearly states in the booklet:

      “Despite its known risks, the abortion pill has been called a major medical breakthrough. In fact, some groups go so far as to say that it’s a real step forward for the health of women, even that it ‘saves lives.’ This is just not true. As an obstetrician, I can tell you that an incredibly special and completely unique person is growing inside of every pregnant woman. You can see for yourself, at the Mayo Clinic’s website, that just six weeks after your last period, your baby’s heart has already begun beating and he or she has the beginning of arms, legs, mouth and eyes. Visit mayoclinic.org and search for “fetal development—first trimester.” Take time to consider all your options and get counseling from someone who does not have a financial or personal stake in your decision. Then choose well.”

      In addition, woven throughout the booklet is encouragement for women to consider having an ultrasound before making their decision. Research clearly shows that if a woman who is considering abortion has a chance to receive counseling and view an ultrasound image of her baby, she is far more likely to choose life.

      Even so, we recognize that some of the other wording in this particular booklet is not as clear as it could be, and that is why it is currently being revised. A new version of “The Abortion Pill” will be available soon.

      As for Focus on the Family’s firm position on the sanctity and value of human life from its first formation with the union of egg and sperm until a person’s last breath, our stance has not changed in the least. In fact, you are welcome to view our ministry’s foundational pillars, clearly outlined here: http://bit.ly/1YuKJ7B. Information on just a few of our many day-to-day efforts to educate, defend, and uphold these principles may also be found here: http://bit.ly/1afAugu.

      We hope this clarifies our intentions.

  2. […] According to the latest data, published November 27, 2015 from the Center of Disease Control, abortions fell by more than 30,000 from the previous year. In 2012, 699,202 abortions were reported to CDC, down 31,120 from the 730,322 abortions reported in 2011. From 2011 to 2012, the total number and ratio of reported abortions decreased 4% and the abortion rate decreased 5%. From 2003 to 2012, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 17%, 18%, and 14%, respectively, and reached their lowest level in 2012 for the entire period of analysis (2003–2012). More here. […]

  3. […] 2012 CDC Abortion totals 699,202 abortions […]

  4. […] almost 56% of all abortions reported for race were done on minority women. According to the latest report dated November 27, 2015, in 2012, over 55% of abortions reported for race/ethnicity were performed […]

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