(CNSNews.com) – Although black Americans comprise 13.4% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 36.0% of the abortions in 2015, which was almost identical to the percentage of abortions (36.9%) that year among white Americans, who make up 76.6% of the population.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented in its Abortion Surveillance report for 2015 – released on Nov. 23, 2018 – there were 124,893 white abortions and 121,829 black abortions that year, a difference of 3,064 babies killed. (See Table 12.)
The population numbers come from the U.S. Census Bureau, here.
The report also showed that the abortion rate among black people (25.1) was significantly higher than that of white people (6.8). Abortion rate, according to the CDC, describes the number of abortions in a certain racial or ethnic group per 1,000 women in that same group.
In addition, the abortion ratio, or the number of abortions per 1,000 live births within a given racial or ethnic group, was much higher among black women (390) than white women (111).
In some areas of the United States, the percentage of black women who had abortions in 2015 was noticeably, and disproportionately, larger than the percentage of white women who did.
In Georgia, for example, where blacks make up 32.2% of the population and whites make up 60.8%, black women had 62.4% of abortions while whites only had 24.7%.
In New York City in 2015, more black children were aborted than were born alive.
According to the New York State Department of Health, there were 22,838 live births of non-Hispanic black babies in New York City, compared with 25,698 non-Hispanic black babies who were aborted. That year, black women in New York City had 15,929 more abortions than white women, despite being a smaller population in the area.
Other states where black children were aborted in disproportionately high numbers in 2015 included Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia.
It is important to note that the scope of the report was limited, since reporting to the CDC was voluntary. While the CDC requested data from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and New York City, many of these areas either did not report or provided incomplete information.
Twenty-two states did not provide information on abortions by race and ethnicity, including New York, which reported the highest abortion rate in the country in 2015 (22.0), as well as Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington – all states with high abortion rates, according to CDC data.
California, Maryland and New Hampshire, states with very permissive abortion laws, did not report any data to the CDC for 2015.