Title















Site Registration | FInd a Copy | Event Calendar | Site Map | Search the Site
The Voice of the Black Community

News

Black teens have highest abortion rates
Study finds girls' rate is twice national average
 
Published Monday, March 18, 2013 1:59 pm
by Atlanta Daily World

A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that African American teen abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average.


According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000 women among 15-19-year olds. The African-American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women among that age group, which is four times higher than non-Hispanic whites abortion rate at 10 per 1,000 and twice as high for Hispanics at 20 per 1,000.


The Guttmacher Institute revealed in a recent study that black women account for 30 percent of all abortions and African Americans make up only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.


In a state-by-state study in states with high abortion rates, African American teen pregnancy had the highest probability of ending in an abortion of any other race.
In New York 67 percent of the time pregnancies among black teens — excluding miscarriages — ended in an abortion. The study determined New York has the highest teen abortion rate in the country.


So far there has not been a study that has found the direct cause for the high abortion rate among black teenagers.


“There’s no definitive research that’s actually been able to answer that question. We just do know that African-American women, including African-American teenagers, just have more pregnancies,” said Rachel Jones, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute.


Jones did mention that poverty and lack of attention put teenagers at a high risk for teen pregnancy and could very well be the reason for such high abortion rates among African American teens.


The Guttmacher Institute figures are from 2008 and are the most recent data available.

Comments

Leave a Comment


Send this page to a friend

Upcoming Events

read all
22

Colour of Music: All Black Classical Musicians Festival

The 2nd annual Colour of Music Festival will

25

Walk Like MADD

Walk like MADD is the signature fundraising event

25

AARP Financial Freedom Workshop

FREE FINANCIAL FREEDOM WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILY

Latest News

read all

Car review: 2015 Acura TLX

PETOSK, Mich, – It has been a long time, more than a decade, since you could put Acura and fun to drive in the same sentence, but the Japanese automaker unleashed its engineers and let them create a car that is indeed a watershed. 2015 Acura TLX Exterior V6 SH-AWD and the 2015 Acura TLX replaced the Acura TSX and TL. Neither midsize sedan could be

Cheer of the week: Providence-Harding

Week 10 candidates for best squad

Hornets look for consistency

Stability needed as regular season opens