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Study: African-Americans Get Four Times As Many Abortions as Whites

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A new study shows that black women are excellent customers for the nation’s abortion clinics.   The abortion rate among African Americans, according to the Guttmacher Institute, is 41 per 1,000 women among the 15-19 year old age group.  This is more than double the national average of 18 per 1,000.

The rate is also four times higher than that of non-Hispanic Whites, which stands are 10 per 1,000, and twice as high as Hispanics (20 per 1,000).   The study also shows that black women are the most likely group in America to get an abortion.   The highest state on the list is New York..

Believe it or not, this number is not as bad as it was in 1990, when it stood at 80 per 1,000.   But even though the total number of abortions has declined, the percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion remains the same.   The study also shows that black women, despite representing 13 percent of the female population, get 30 percent of all abortions.  Part of this is due to the placement of abortion clinics in urban communities, making them a bit more accessible to those who desire them.

Rachel Jones, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, said that the study doesn’t explain why black women get so many abortions relative to the rest of the population.

“There’s no definitive research that’s actually been able to answer that question. We just do know that African-American women, including African-American teenagers, just have more pregnancies,” Jones said.