Abortions remain disproportionately high in black and Hispanic communities across America, according to an analysis of new abortion numbers by the Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC released its 2012 abortion report Wednesday, indicating that the number of abortions in the U.S. has declined to a historic low. Although approximately 699,000 babies lost their lives in abortions in 2012, the latest year CDC has produced figures for, that represents a decline of about half since the highs of more than 1.5 million in the late 1980s, when legalizing abortion in 1973 finally took its full effect. That is a decline from the 730,322 babies who died from abortions in 2011, according to the 2011 CDC report.
While abortion numbers are dropping as a whole, an analysis of the report by CNS News reporter Michael W. Chapman indicates that more than half of all abortions are on black or Hispanic babies.
According his research:
Twenty-six states … reported abortions by known race and ethnicity. These included a total of 405,795 abortions.
Among these abortions categorized by race and ethnicity … the CDC says there were 148,971 black babies killed by abortion in 2012 (36.7% of the 405,795) and 75,868 Hispanic babies (18.7%).
Combined, blacks and Hispanics accounted for 55.4% of the 405,795 abortions reported by race and ethnicity.
For whites, there were 152,673 abortions, or 37.6% of the total. In another category labeled “other” there were 28,283 abortions, or 7% of the total. The “other” category includes Asians and Native Americans, as well as ethnicity reported as “unknown.”
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The Census Bureau says that blacks make up 13.2% of the U.S. population and Hispanics comprise 17.4% of the population. Combined, blacks and Hispanics make up 30.6% of the population, yet 55.4% of the abortion reported by race were of black and Hispanic babies.
The numbers come as no surprise. The data reflects how abortion businesses continue to target poor and minority women. A 2012 study found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.
“Minority communities are the #1 targets of Planned Parenthood,” the Rev. Arnold Culbreath, director of Protecting Black Life and a founding member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, said previously. “It’s no wonder abortion remains the leading cause of death among African Americans, higher than all other causes combined. Getting this information to as many people as possible is not only critical, it’s a matter of life and death for countless babies and oft times even their mothers.”
CNS News previously discovered that in New York City, more black babies were killed by abortion than were born in 2012.
The CDC data is not complete, but it paints a picture of what is happening across the U.S. The data is based on reports from health departments in 47 states. The CDC admits California, Maryland and New Hampshire don’t report abortion numbers, and the data from Wyoming is typically incomplete. Still, the year to year comparison is instructive since the same 47 states are compared to each other every year.
The new CDC report also notes that 20.8 percent of all abortions involve the dangerous mifepristone (RU-486) abortion drug — a 10 percent increase from 2011.