Study Claims Rich Women Have More Abortions Than Poor Women, But is That True?

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Mar 5, 2015   |   7:39PM   |   Washington, DC

Apparently the richest women in America are the ones having the most abortions.

According to a new study by the Brookings Institution, 31.9% of women who have abortions are rich whereas 8.6% are poor. The study suggested that if poor women were provided with the same rate of abortion and contraception, their births would decrease. The authors of the study said, “We find that equalizing contraceptive use reduces the ratio of unintended births between affluent and poor women by half, and that equalizing abortion rates reduces the ratio by one-third.”

They continued, “Control of fertility varies widely between income groups. Most unmarried women are sexually active, regardless of income. But women with higher incomes are much more successful at ensuring that sex does not lead to an accidental baby. This almost certainly reflects their brighter economic and labor market prospects: simply put, they have more to lose from an unintended birth.”



However, statistics from the Guttmacher Institute completely contradict the Brookings study by revealing that women with family incomes below the federal poverty level have more than 40% of all abortions—even though they make up 14.5% of America’s women.

The Guttmacher report also showed that the poor have highest abortion rates, with 52 abortions occurring per 1,000 women. Contrastingly, higher-income women with family incomes at or above 200% of the poverty line have a rate of nine abortions per 1,000 women, which is about half the national rate.

Nevertheless, regardless of who’s having the most abortions, poor minority women are targeted by the abortion industry more than any other population group. As LifeNews previously reported, Planned Parenthood is known for placing their abortion facilities in poor communities. In fact, data from the 2010 Census Data tracts found that 78% of their abortion facilities are placed in low-income minority neighborhoods.


Bradley Mattes, the executive director of Life Issues Institute, commented on the data and said, “These census results clearly show that Planned Parenthood continues to pursue the eugenics philosophy of its founder, Margaret Sanger, who believed that Blacks and the poor were “unfit” to reproduce. She dedicated her life to controlling the population of these “undesirables” by advancing birth control and sterilization in their neighborhoods. Later, the legalization of abortion gave Planned Parenthood an effective and lucrative means for furthering this eugenics agenda. Although Planned Parenthood denies it, these maps show conclusively that they continue to target minorities for abortion.”

Additionally, Margaret Sanger once said that women in poor areas of the world should have “no more babies.” And in September 2014, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounded just like Sanger when she said, “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.” She also admitted that she backed Roe to eliminate “populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”