NYC: More Black Babies Killed by Abortion Than Born
Michael W. Chapman
Feb 20, 2014
(CNSNews.com) – In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The report is entitled, Summary of Vital Statistics 2012 The City of New York, Pregnancy Outcomes, and was prepared by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics.
The NY Times may get around to this eventually, since they covered a similar report two years ago. Back then, Linda Greenhouse of the Times explained why this is all good and a triumph of progressive feminism, so there you go.
However, people who dredge into the comments from two years ago will find this pushback against some of her cited statistics, bravely highlighted by the Times editors:
Atlanta, GA 10 February 2011
THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE, BUT MS. GREENHOUSE, YOU DO.
The obscene lies about infant and maternal mortality rates (MMR) need a truth infusion from actual stats from the CDC and the NY State Department of Health. NYC maternal mortality was 30.3 (per 100,000 live births) in 1969, 26.1 in 1970, 18.3 in 1971, and 19.7 in 1972. It was NOT cut in half by the legalization of abortion. Let's talk actual numbers here. In 1968, there were a total of 66 maternal deaths in NYC, compared to 141,920 live births with 608 legal abortions and 59 illegal. How is it that in 1970, when abortion was legalized in NYC, there were MORE MATERNAL DEATHS...68...(20 from abortions) with 19,349 legal abortions? Abortion does not reduce maternal deaths. It causes them. In 2008, there were 44 maternal deaths in NYC, a rate of 12.1 which is on par with the national MMR, yet NYC abortion rate is 42 times higher than the national average of 16.1 per 1,000 births. Every death is tragic, but how do 44 maternal deaths justify the willful killing of 118,381 innocent unborn lives? Maternal deaths increased during the 80s and 90s (when abortion hit its peak in the US) and continue to climb, most notably because of women delaying pregnancy. Women ages 35 and older are 7x more at risk of maternal death according to the CDC.
Infant mortality (IMR) was NOT cut in half by abortion. The IMR was 24.1 from 1966-1969, 21.6 in 1970 and 20.9 in1971, according to the NY State Dept of Health. The true historical perspective reveals that infant mortality has been on the decline since the early 1900s. Every year since, just as with maternal mortality, it had declined NOT BECAUSE OF ABORTION but because of medical advances and the "discovery and widespread use of antimicrobial agents (sulfonamide and penicillin)" according to the CDC. In NYC, the 2008 infant mortality rate was 5.1, equating to 620 deaths. So, for the abortion apologists, the answer to 620 tragic untimely infant deaths is 118,381 more deliberate killings?
If anyone wants to try and referee those numbers we are all ears. This seems to be the contreoversial paragraph from Ms. Greenhouse:
Beyond the numbers, the public health impact of legalization was stunning and immediate. Maternal mortality in New York City dropped by more than half during the first year, to an all-time recorded low. Infant mortality also dropped to a new low, which the New York City Health Services Administration attributed to the availability of abortion to women most likely to give birth to babies at the greatest risk of dying, including very young women and poor women who had not received adequate prenatal care. The number of births to unmarried women dropped for the first time. As knowledge spread of the availability of abortion, more and more women terminated their pregnancies in the first trimester — from 67 percent during the first two months of legalization to 86 percent 10 months later. (The figure today is 88 percent.)