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In New York City 41 Percent of Pregnancies are Aborted

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According to New York City’s health department statistics, the abortion rate for the city is 41 percent which is double the national average. The archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, called for a reduction in this number. A meeting was called among Jewish and Christian leaders in Manhattan in direct reaction to these high abortion rates.

In a recent press conference Dolan said, “We gotta do more than shiver over these chilling statistics. I invite all to come together to make abortion rare.”

In data that was released last month, 87,273 pregnancies were terminated in 2009. The highest abortion rate was among black women by far, followed by Hispanics, white women and Asians. The national abortion rate happens to be 19 percent.

Joan Malin, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City, released a statement saying that unplanned pregnancies are affected by the following: birth control, access to information, sex education, and intimate partner violence.

It may come as a surprise but the 2009 abortion rates are lower than they were a decade ago. According to the New York Times, in 2000 there were 94,466 abortions in the city. According to ABC News, in 1998 the abortion rate was 46 percent.

Dolan said the following, “For the first time in my happy 21 months as a New Yorker, I am embarrassed to be a member of a cherished community I now -- usually with a lot of pride -- call home.”

The press conference during which Dolan made his comments was organized by the Chiaroscuro Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose president, Sean Fieler, is a supporter of religious and conservatives initiatives. According to the New York Times, Fieler, an investment banker, personally funds the group.

Source: AOL News.

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I went to New York's department of health website and it reported that the percent of pregnancies that are aborted is 39%, in contrast to the 41% which the source of my article reported. Thirty-nine percent is still very high.

January 12, 2011 - 3:35pm
HERWriter Guide

These numbers are absolutely staggering. I'm also a bit skeptical at how the numbers are calculated. How does one do that?

If they are correct, then the city of NYC needs to double up on their sexual educational programs for girls and women. Do New Yorkers not know about birth control? If these numbers are correct, I assume they're living in the dark ages because this kind of ignorance about how the body works (with sexual contact) is astounding.

I think this is my "wow" moment of the day and certainly not in a good way. Thanks for the post, Ana.


January 12, 2011 - 2:35pm
EmpowHER Guest

The 40% figure requires the number of pregnancies to be known as compared to the number of abortions. How are these figures derived? Survey? Why would NYC have twice the abortion rate of the rest of the country? I am skeptical about the entire article.

January 12, 2011 - 11:31am
EmpowHER Guest

This is so sad.

January 12, 2011 - 5:24am
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