In NYC, 41 Percent of Pregnancies End in Abortion
12:46 PM, Feb 4, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Today's New York Times reports that 41 percent of pregnancies in New York City (not counting miscarriages) are aborted. The Times writes, "Two of every five pregnancies in the city end in abortion, a statistic that has barely changed in more than a decade. At a news conference last month, Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, called the city’s 41 percent abortion rate 'downright chilling.' And on Thursday, State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. of the Bronx brought up the figure repeatedly as he urged a group of anti-abortion ministers to spread the word that abortion was nothing less than an attack on minorities."
According to New York City's Vital Statistics report, in 2009 the city was the site of 126,774 births and 87,273 abortions. Among teenagers and women in their 20s, an even higher percentage of pregnancies were aborted.
The Times writes, "Nationally, the issue is receiving a new round of attention, with numerous state legislatures and the House considering bills that would add restrictions on abortion." The Times adds, "New York State law does not place as many restrictions on abortion as laws in some other states, like requiring parental consent for minors, or requiring women to undergo counseling that discourages abortion or to go through a waiting period."
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