Blacks Killed by Abortion Since 1990 = 4.4 Million; 11% of U.S. Black Population

Michael W. Chapman | February 10, 2015 | 9:17am EST
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( – The available data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention show that the number of black Americans killed by abortion over the 22 years between 1990 and 2011 was 4.4 million, which is 11% of the U.S. black population, a figure that likely will not get much attention this February, Black History Month.

(AP Photo)

The CDC publishes information about the number and types of abortions that occur each year in the United States in its annual Abortion Surveillance reports. The latest report available is for 2011, and the CDC provides earlier reports online going back to 1990.  (Full Abortion Surveillance reports prior to 1990 are not available online, but general summaries are accessible.) examined the CDC reports for every year 1990 through 2011, looking at a specific table that provides the number of “reported abortions” by “known race/ethnicity” and the area of occurrence.

Those numbers are broken down as white, black, other, and Hispanic. For every year 1990 – 2011, the total number of “reported abortions” in black females were as follows:

1990               204,832 black abortions

1991               222,015

1992               228,280

1993               226,829

1994               226,323

1995               205,442

1996               207,831

1997               212,144

1998               218,344

1999               210,859

2000               214,212

2001               112,451

2002               206,973

2003               215,051

2004               209,603

2005               203,991

2006               219,598

2007               212,664

2008               194,694

2009               154,266

2010               148,261

2011               146,856

Total:              4,401,519 black abortions

According to the Census Bureau, blacks make up 13.2% of the U.S. population. However, on average, the number of black abortions is 33.3% of the total number of abortions in the United States, according to the CDC data.

In addition, the black population in America is 39,696,000, according to the Census Bureau (which is the latest number available and is for the year 2012).   The number of black babies killed by abortion between 1990 and 2011 – for those areas that reported to the CDC – was 4,401,519, which is about 11.08% of the black U.S. population (in 2012).

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and President Barack Obama. (AP)

On average, 200,069 black children were aborted every year between 1990 and 2011. For comparison, 6,329 blacks were killed by homicide in the United States in 2011, according to the FBI.

With an average 200,069 black abortions each year, that equals 548 black abortions each day or 22 abortions every hour, or about 1 every three minutes.

For February 2015, that averages to 15,344 black abortions for the month, Black History Month.

With the CDC data, not every state is required to report, so the number of abortions published by the agency is actually lower than the real number of abortions that occurred each year in the United States.

In 2010, for instance, the data on the number of white, black, Hispanic, and other abortions came from 28 reporting areas – certain states and the District of Columbia – but did not include data from 24 other reporting areas: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The CDC says those 24 areas “did not report, did not report by race/ethnicity, or did not meet reporting standards.”

(AP Photo)

That incomplete reporting is found in every Abortion Surveillance report. However, as the premier health and morbidity agency in the nation, the CDC numbers are reliable in terms of what abortion data were collected and sent to the CDC.

In his Presidential Proclamation declaring February 2015 the “National African American History Month,”  President Barack Obama said, “Brave Americans did not struggle and sacrifice to secure fundamental rights for themselves and others only to see those rights denied to their children and grandchildren. Our Nation is still racked with division and poverty. Too many children live in crumbling neighborhoods, cycling through substandard schools and being affected by daily violence in their communities.”

“Our country is at its best when everyone is treated fairly and has the chance to build the future they seek for themselves and their family,” stated Obama.  “This means providing the opportunity for every person in America to access a world-class education, safe and affordable housing, and the job training that will prepare them for the careers of tomorrow.

“Like the countless, quiet heroes who worked and bled far from the public eye, we know that with enough effort, empathy, and perseverance, people who love their country can change it,” said the president. “Together, we can help our Nation live up to its immense promise. This month, let us continue that unending journey toward a more just, more equal, and more perfect Union.”

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