In Mississippi, 72% of the Babies Aborted Are Black

By Michael W. Chapman | February 25, 2014 | 10:02 AM EST

( – Although whites outnumber blacks in Mississippi by nearly 2-to-1, 71.67% of the babies aborted in Mississippi are black, while 26.6% are white.

(AP Photo)


Based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39,052 black babies were killed by abortions in Mississippi between 1995 and 2010.  During that same time period, 14,529 white babies were aborted in the Magnolia State.

The total number of abortions between 1995 and 2010 in Mississippi was 54,484. In addition to blacks and whites, that number also includes abortions among Hispanics, "Other" (meaning Asian and Native American), and "Unknown," as published by the CDC.

The data for 2010 is the latest information from the CDC on reported abortions, as published in their annual Abortion Surveillance reports. The next report, which will cover 2011, is projected to be published in November of this year.

Sonogram of a baby at 20 weeks (5 months). (AP)

The population of Mississippi for 2012, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau, was 2,986,450.  Among that group, whites comprised 59.9% or 1,788,883 persons.  Blacks comprised 37.4% of the population, which equals 1,116,932 persons.  The balance in population was comprised of Hispanics (2.9%), and American Indian, Pacific Islander and Asian (less than 1%).

Whites in Mississippi outnumber blacks by a ratio of 1.6-to-1. Despite that difference, the data show that black abortions comprised, on average, 72% of the total over the last 16 years.

Although black abortions comprised 72% of the total abortions between 1995 and 2010, in some years the percentage was higher. In 2009, for example, the percentage of black babies killed by abortion in Mississippi in relation to the total was 76.8%. In 2007, it was 77.8%; in 2005, 77.2%.

The number of abortions in Mississippi by year (1995-2010) for whites and blacks is presented below:

Year            White  Abortions        Black Abortions

2010                 415                         1,646

2009                 499                         1,871

2008                 611                         2,079

2007                 583                         2,254

2006                 665                         2,250

2005                 672                         2,348

2004                 837                         2,650

2003                 957                         2,764

2002                 970                         2,605

2001                 960                         2,574

2000                 1,039                     2,659

1999                 1,060                     2,754

1998                 1,215                     2,702

1997                 1,418                     2,852

1996                 1,340                     2,805

1995                 1,288                     2,239

TOTAL:             14,529                   39,052

The Mississippi State Department of Health provides abortion statistics every year but the numbers are categorized as "white," "non-white," and "unknown race"--the Department does not publish specific numbers on black abortions in its annual vital statistics reports.

To view the CDC Abortion Surveillance reports by year, click here and scroll to bottom of page.

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman