Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Why Is The Black Abortion Rate So High?

I guess with keeping with this week's "Topics that make people squirm" theme, I want to turn my focus on the extremely high rate of abortions within the African American community.

In the past few weeks, I've noticed quite a few stories popping up all over the Internet about abortion and Blacks. With a recent and controversial MTV special on "16 & Pregnant" alum Markai's decision to terminate her second pregnancy,  and the upcoming anniversary of the landmark "Roe vs. Wade" decision coming up, I guess it's fitting.

But the numbers are frightening. According to this Root story, "Overall, African-American women account for 36.4 percent of all pregnancy terminations in the United States, although blacks make up only 13 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."Confoundedly, despite the high numbers, "Nearly two-thirds of African Americans polled believe that abortion should never be legal or should be legal only in cases of rape or incest or when the woman's life is endangered, according to a 2004 poll by Zogby International."So we have a whole lot of people who think abortion is wrong except for special circumstances, yet are obviously doing it anyway.

It should also be noted a large number of those women having abortions aren't teens, but grown women in their twenties. "Those who are ages 20 to 24 obtain 33 percent of all abortions, and those who are 25 to 29 years old obtain 24 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute." 

Margaret Sanger

So is it all economics? Not so, says many concerned Pro-lifers, who believe it's the poisonous fruit of the tree planted by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. Sanger, who believed in Eugenics, believed Blacks were "undesirables", and some feel PP still holds a very racist view today. Some Black Pro-Lifers "...accuse white abortionists of exhorting black women to obtain abortions as a form of genocide..." For their part, Planned Parenthood think their critics are "obstructionists who do not want to educate people about the importance of contraception." 

There's no denying the ugly reality that despite their claims of promoting contraception to the Black community, "Black children are more endangered by abortion than any other demographic in America, and three times more likely to die by abortion."

So what is your opinion on this? Why is the abortion rate so high for Blacks compared to Whites or Latinos?  Is abortion just another form of birth control? Do you feel there is hypocrisy amidst?


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