Alarming news for black women and children from the CDC and Pro-Abortion activist Alan Guttmacher. Guttmacher and the CDC both report that since 1973, the year that abortions became legal, over 50 million abortions have performed. Of that number, somewhere around 13 million of those abortions have been performed on black women. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
In fact, black women are FOUR times more likely to get an abortion than women of any other race. THIRTY percent of all abortions performed in the US are performed on black women, and only 12.3% of the US population is black. Some records indicate that nearly 1800 abortions are performed on black women each and every day.
Other interesting news from the study? The “abortion pill”, RU-486, now accounts for around 17% of all abortion procedures since it’s development and growth in popularity. The report from the CDC and Guttmacher also shows that somewhere around twenty percent of women who have an abortion are using Medicaid to pay for it, even though laws prohibit Medicaid from paying for those types of procedures. Around sixty percent of abortions are performed on women who already have children, and ninety percent are done within the first 12 weeks.
The real question is why. Why are black women so much more likely to have an abortion than women of any other race? If you include abortion as a cause of death, abortion kills more African Americans than EVERY other cause of death COMBINED, including AIDS, violent crime, accidents, heart disease and even cancer. So, the remaining question is WHY?
Some people think that Planned Parenthood is at least partially to blame. Planned Parenthood consistently continues to place their locations in predominately black neighborhoods. In fact 62 percent of Planned Parenthood locations are within walking distance of predominately black neighborhoods.
The Planned Parenthood aspect of the abortion issue is just one small piece of the puzzle. Some people say that African American women are more likely to be on goverment subsidized insurance plans, such as Medicaid, so there is more of a record of when they have procedures done than women who might have private insurance. Others suggest that more African American women are more likely to have aversions to taking birth control pills.
One myth, especially in the African American community is that birth control pills can cause cancer, which makes them unpopular to use. African American women who live in low income areas are more likely to have financial issues, and this can in turn mean that birth control is just a low priority. I mean, if you have to choose between keeping the lights on and food in the fridge, or birth control pills, which are you going to choose?
The bottom line is that no matter the reason, African American women have a much higher rate of abortion than women of any other race. We have to figure out what is causing this, and we have to put a stop to these unintended pregnancies. Every woman should have the same access to birth control and family planning, and every woman should be educated. The color of our skin should not dictate how we have to live our lives, and this is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed.