Minority Americans and Abortion

 

 
 
 

Reprinted and Posted with permission of the Life Education and Resource Network, from their resource manual.

Minority preborn children are being aborted at more than twice the rate of White preborns (in 1988, 57.3 per 1000 women for Nonwhites, compared to 21.2 per 1000 women for Whites).

Source: Abortion Factbook 1992 Edition, The Alan Guttmacher Institute.

According to 1990 statistics minority women constituted only about 26% of the female population (age 15-44) in the U.S., but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dec. 18, 1992, Centers for Disease Control.

Minorities make up only 20.7% of the population in the state of New Jersey, yet 55.8% of the abortions in this state took the lives of minority babies. In Maryland 29% of the population is minority but 49.3% of the abortions are minority.

Source: Computation of statistics from State Yellow Book, 1993, and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dec. 18, 1992Centers for Disease Control.

In 1988, 38.9% of minority pregnancies ended in abortion while only 25% of White pregnancies end in abortion. Source: Abortion Factbook, 1992 Edition, The Alan Guttmacher Institute

The number of minority babies killed by abortion from 1973 to 1991 corresponded to approximately 21% of the total minority population in 1991.

Source: Computation of statistics from U.S. Census Bureau, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dec. 18, 1992Centers for Disease Control; and Abortion Factbook, 1992 Edition, The Alan Guttmacher Institute.

According to a recent study African American and Hispanic young men are less likely than white young men to suggest that their pregnant girlfriends abort their babies.

Source: Family Planning Perspectives, Jan/Feb 1993.

In a 1990 Gallup poll 42.9% of the Hispanic respondents and 39.8% of the Black respondents felt that the following statement best described their feelings about abortion: Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder.

Source: Copyright 1993, Abortion and Moral Beliefs Survey, Americans United for Life, 343 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1804, Chicago, IL 60604. Reprinted with permission.

The same poll asked the question, "At what point in the pregnancy do you personally feel that the unborn child's right to be born outweighs the woman's right to choose whether she wants to have a child - at the moment of conception, at the moment she first feels movement inside her; at the moment when the baby could survive on its own, outside the womb, or at the moment of birth?" The responses were as follows:

1. At the moment of conception : Hispanic:57.6% Black: 45.5%

2. At the moment she first feels movement inside her: Hispanic: 20.2% Black: 19.0%

3. At the moment when the baby could survive on its own: Hispanic: 7.6% Black: 11.8%

4. At the moment of birth: Hispanic: 8.6% Black: 7.6%

5. Can't say: Hispanic: 6.1% Black: 16.1%

Source: Copyright 1993, Abortion and Moral Beliefs Survey, Americans United for Life, 343 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1804, Chicago, IL 60604. Reprinted with permission.