Analysis

Abortions reach highest percentage among Black women since 2000

Black abortion

Abortions on Black women have now reached their highest percentage since 2000, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The abortion data, released in November and analyzed by Live Action News, reveals that in 2016, while Black women accounted for 38 percent of reported abortions, population estimates for 2016 (like 2015) show that African Americans made up just 12 percent of the population. This news comes on the heels of deliberate efforts by the abortion lobby to market abortions among women of color as a positive.

Image: Abortion percentage by race and ethnicity CDC 2000 to 2016

Abortion percentage by race and ethnicity CDC 2000 to 2016

Abortion percentage by race/ethnicity (2016): In 2016, 623,471 abortions were reported to the CDC from 48 reporting areas. However, due to limited state requirements, abortions for race/ethnicity were recorded in just 32 reporting areas. According to the CDC, the percentage (below) is based on a total of 383,485 abortions reported among the 32 areas that met reporting standards for race/ethnicity.

  • Non-Hispanic white women accounted for 35% of reported abortions.
  • Non-Hispanic black women accounted for 38% of reported abortions.
  • Hispanic women accounted for 18.8% of reported abortions.
  • Other 8.2% of reported abortions.

Estimated abortions by race (2016): 

Live Action News has estimated the total number of abortions by using the CDC’s percentages for race/ethnicity and multiplying it against all reported abortions (623,471) reported in 2016:

  • Non-Hispanic white women (35%)= 218,214 (estimated) abortions annually.
  • Non-Hispanic black women (38%) = 236,919  (estimated) abortions annually.
  • Hispanic women (18.8%) = 117, 212 (estimated) abortions annually.
  • Other (8.2%) = 51,124 (estimated) abortions annually.
Graph: 2016 Abortions by race CDC

2016 Abortions by race CDC

Black Abortions in 2016

  • An estimated 649 abortions were committed on Black women every single day.
  • Black people made up just 12 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 38 percent of reported abortions.
  • The Black abortion rate (abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) was 3.8 times higher than white abortion rate (25.1 v. 6.6) and 2.15 times higher than the Hispanic abortion rate (25.1 v. 11.7).
  • The Black abortion ratio (abortions per 1,000 live births) was nearly 3.7 times higher than the White abortion ratio (401 v. 109) and more than 2.5 times higher than Hispanic abortion ratio (401 v. 156).
  • Black abortions (236,919 estimated) outnumbered the top nine leading causes of death (235,139) for Black Americans combined.
  • Estimated Black abortion numbers were 24 times greater than homicides committed on Black Americans (236,919 v. 9,860) that same year.
Graph: Black leading causes of death v abortions 2016

Black leading causes of death v abortions 2016

Tragically, 2016 also saw the highest percentage of Black abortions since 2000.

  • 2016:  38% (32 reporting areas)
  • 2012: 36.7% (27 reporting areas)
  • 2000: 35.1% (41 reporting areas)

However, in 2016, the abortion rate for Black women fell to 25.1 from a high of 33.9 in 2006 and 30 in 2000. In addition, while the Black abortion ratio rose slightly from 390 in 2015 to 401 in 2016, it has dropped to the lowest number since a high of 503 in 2000.

Hispanic abortions in 2016:

  • More than 321 abortions were done every day on Hispanic women.
  • Hispanics made up 18% of the U.S. population, and accounted for 18.8 percent of reported abortions.
  • The Hispanic abortion rate (abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) was 1.7 times higher than the White abortion rate (11.7 v. 6.6).
  • The Hispanic abortion ratio (abortions per 1,000 live births) was 1.4 times higher than the White abortion ratio (156 v. 109).
  • Hispanic abortions (117, 212 est.) outnumbered the top five leading causes of deaths (111,602) for Hispanic Americans combined.
  • Estimated Hispanic abortion numbers were nearly 37 times greater than homicides committed on Hispanic Americans (117, 212 v. 3,187) that same year.
Graph: Abortions v. Leading Causes of Death Hispanic 2016

Abortions v. Leading Causes of Death Hispanic 2016

Hispanic abortions 2000 to 2016:

Between 2000 and 2016, the percentage of Hispanic women who obtained abortions fell slightly from 2000 and from a high in 2007.

  • 2016: 18.8% (32 reporting areas for race/ethnicity)
  • 2007: 22.1% (25 reporting areas for race/ethnicity)
  • 2000: 16.6% (29 reporting areas on ethnicity)

Between 2000 and 2016, the Hispanic abortion rate (16 v 11.7) and ratio (225 v. 156) has also decreased.

As Live Action News previously documented, Planned Parenthood’s effort to change the so-called “stigma” that surrounds abortion by “working with content creators on honest and authentic portrayals of abortion in film and television” will include creating more portrayals of “women of color (WOC)” obtaining abortions — something that should raise the eyebrows of anyone who knows about the eugenic history of Planned Parenthood. To assist in rolling out the plan, Planned Parenthood has appointed staffer Caren Spruch to oversee the effort. She has reportedly influenced more than 150 films since 2014.

Planned Parenthood Black Community celebrates portrayals of Women of Color having abortions

Planned Parenthood Black Community celebrates portrayals of Women of Color having abortions

Planned Parenthood’s eugenic agenda was driven by founder Margaret Sanger, who strategically worked to convince the Black community to control its population through her infamous “Negro Project.” Sanger is still viewed as a hero by the abortion industry, despite her admission that she met with members of the Ku Klux Klan, advocated eugenics, and supported the use of sterilization to rid the planet of the “unfit.”

Data published by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute, which publishes more comprehensive abortion numbers than the Centers for Disease Control, reveals that in 2017, Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortions climbed to nearly 39% (38.5%). In addition, an analysis by Live Action News estimated that over half of Planned Parenthood’s non-government revenue still comes from abortion.

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