Abortion (Blacks, Teens, and Marriage)

February 26, 2014 in Morality

by: Jonathan Jenkins

Every year since 1969, the Center for Disease Control has released a statistical analysis of abortion procedures in the United States. The latest year for which that data is available is 2010 (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6208a1.htm?s_cid=ss6208a1_w). An examination of the numerous tables available in the report reveals a number of alarming facts:

1. Abortion is a near genocidal problem among blacks.

  • Despite there being between 5-6 times as many white women in the United States, the number of black pregnancies ended by abortion nearly equals the number of white pregnancies ended by abortion.
  • 36.7% of all abortions are from white women. 35.8% of abortions are from black women.
  • Among the 28 reporting areas included in the CDC report, white women had 153,045 abortions and black women had 148,261 abortions (Table 12).
  • 71.7% of all abortions performed in the state of Mississippi were for black women (Table 12).
  • In 10 of the 28 reporting areas, black abortions accounted for more than 40% of all abortions (Table 12).
  • In fact, it was recently reported by CNS News (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/nyc-more-black-babies-killed-abortion-born) that in 2012 in New York City there were 6,570 more black pregnancies ended through abortion than resulting in a live birth (31,328 vs. 24,758).

2. Teen pregnancy is relatively insignificant in the abortion problem.

  • Only 14.1% of abortions were performed on girls between the ages of 15-19 (Table 21).
  • If one excludes girls who have reached a legal age of maturity (18-19) from the number, only 5.3% of abortions were performed on girls 17 and younger (Table 21).
  • While any abortion performed on a girl of such young age is a traumatic event, it should be remembered that 95% of all abortions are performed on women who, legally, are considered capable of making responsible decisions and being accountable for their own actions.
  • Contrary to what many believe, abortion is most often not the desperate choice of unprepared teens. 52% of abortions are performed on adult women above the age of 25 (Table 21).
  • Twice as many abortions are performed on women 35 and older than on girls 17 and younger (11.9% vs. 5.3% – Table 21).

3. Marriage is the best defense against abortion

  • The CDC’s own evaluation of the data lead them to the following conclusion: “Unintended pregnancy is the major contributor to abortion. Because unintended pregnancies are rare among women who use the most effective methods of reversible contraception, increasing access to and use of these methods can help further reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States.”
  • In their view, eliminating “unintended pregnancy” would be the best path of reducing abortions. Their suggested plan of action is to increase availability of contraception.
  • However, they fail to mention a strong defense against abortion highlighted in their own data.
  • Their report shows that a woman’s marital status strongly indicates her likelihood of having an abortion (Table 17).
  • 85.3% of all abortions are performed on non-married women (Table 17).
  • For every 10 live births among married women, there are .52 abortions (Table 17).
  • For every 10 live births among non-married women, there 4.38 abortions (Table 17).
  • 91% of abortions among black women are on non-married women (83% for whites and hispanics) (Table 21).
  • If the current abortion rate among married women was applied to all women, that application would result in 750,000 to 900,000 fewer abortions in the USA every year.

It is interesting that CDC acknowledges the benefit of marriage in preventing abortion:

“A consistent pattern also existed for abortion by marital status across all race/ethnicity groups, with a higher percentage of abortions occurring among women who were unmarried (65.8%–90.6%) than among those who were married (9.4%–34.2%).”

Yet in their recommended “Public Health Actions” encouraging and supporting marriage is conspicuously absent. There is no free contraception program that would equal the impact that marriage has on a woman’s desire to have an abortion. Undoubtedly, the denigration of the biblical model for the home is responsible for the epidemic of abortion in our country and its effects are especially deleterious in the black community.

Restoring our commitment to God’s ideal for the home would solve the problems our country faces over abortion as well as many other economic, social, and spiritual ills.