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New York City: 40 Percent of All Pregnancies Still End in Abortion

  • Religion Today Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2013 Mar 07

The abortion statistics in New York City are improving slightly, but 40 percent of all pregnancies there still end in an abortion, reports. The Chiaroscuro Foundation, which tracks abortion figures in New York City, says discernable progress is being made on the ratio of abortions to live births, but it warns that progress could easily be reversed in Governor Andrew Cuomo forces through an abortion expansion measure in Albany that could drive abortion rates higher. While the city remained the abortion capital of America in 2011, with abortion ratios almost twice the national average (the national average was 22 percent in 2008), the ratio of live births to abortions citywide in 2011 fell below 40 percent (39.55 percent) for the first time since 1970, when abortion was legalized in New York. The Bronx continues to lead the city in percentage of abortions to live births at 47.97 percent, and Staten Island women terminated pregnancies the least often at 29.89 percent. For African-American women, the ratio of abortions remained the highest, at almost 58 percent.