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New York City Abortion Statistics:



56% of Abortions in New York City are Repeat Abortions in 2009 (2011) (from Physicians for Life) 

New research from a organization that has spent considerable time unpacking new statistics showing the abortion rate in New York City is twice the national average shows Manhattan may have the highest abortion rate of any city in the U.S.

The Chiaroscuro Foundation examined the data surrounding New York City’s staggering 41% abortion ratio, breaking the figures down by zip code, and its new analysis shows the zip code with the highest abortion ratio in the city, 67%, is in Manhattan’s Chelsea-Clinton neighborhood.

“The data, which was provided by the New York City Department of Health at the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s request, show the abortion rate by the zip code of residence of women receiving abortions in New York City,” the organization noted.

“The zip code with the highest ratio, 10018, is in the Chelsea-Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan, with a ratio of 67%, followed by rates of 60% in two Jamaica, Queens zip codes and in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, 10012, and Central Harlem-Morningside Heights neighborhoods.”

“The five zip codes with the lowest abortion ratios are on the Upper East Side, in Lower Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, and in Borough Park, Brooklyn.  The lowest ratio, 6.12%, is in 10162,” it continued.

The Chiaroscuro Foundation also asked for information from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about the number of repeat abortions and it found that, in 2009, 48,627 of the 87,273 abortions in New York City, or 56%, were repeat abortions and 33,401, 38%, were paid for by Medicaid.

Greg Pfundstein Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, told LifeNews he is dismayed by the numbers but knows they are accurate... “The Chiaroscuro Foundation is grateful to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for providing this detailed data; no city in the nation keeps better, more current records. Even so, given the city’s extremely high abortion rate, we renew our call for Mayor Bloomberg to instruct the Department to release the data in an even more current fashion: preliminarily month by month throughout the year. 

"Remember, we are still talking about 2009 data.  By being able to measure where the highest rates of abortion are occurring in the city, we can determine over time what methods of outreach work best to lower those rates.”

...Sixty-four percent (64%) of New Yorkers believe the abortion rate is too high in New York City – including 57% of pro-choice women – according to a poll conducted by the polling firm McLaughlin & Associates for the Foundation earlier this year.  Seventy four percent believe that the overall 60% abortion rate in the African American community is too high.
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[Ertelt | New York, NY | | 9/9/11,]


United States Abortion Statistics:


United States Data and Trends
The Consequences of  Roe v. Wade
53,310,843 Total abortions since 1973
Based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2008,
with estimates of 1,212,400 for 2009-2010.  GI estimates a possible 3% under
reporting rate, which is factored into the total.          3/11
Reported Annual Abortions
1973 - 2008
GI          CDC
1973   744,600   615,831
1974   898,600   763,476
1975 1,034,200   854,853
1976 1,179,300   988,267
1977 1,316,700 1,079,430
1978 1,409,600 1,157,776
1979 1,497,700 1,251,921
1980 1,553,900 1,297,606
1981 1,577,300 1,300,760
1982 1,573,900 1,303,980
1983 1,575,000 1,268,987
1984 1,577,200 1,333,521
1985 1,588,600 1,328,570
1986 1,574,000 1,328,112
1987 1,559,100 1,353,671
1988 1,590,800 1,371,285
1989 1,566,900 1,396,658
1990 1,608,600 1,429,247
1991 1,556,500 1,388,937
1992 1,528,900 1,359,146
1993 1,495,000 1,330,414
1994 1,423,000 1,267,415
1995 1,359,400 1,210,883
1996 1,360,200 1,225,937
1997 1,335,000 1,186,039
1998 1,319,000    884,273*
1999 1,314,800    861,789*
2000 1,313,000    857,475*
2001 1,291,000       853,485*
2002 1,269,000    854,122*
2003 1,250,000    848,163*
2004 1,222,100    839,226*
2005 1,206,200    820,151*
2006 1,242,200    846,181*
2007 1,209,600    827,609*
2008 1,212,400
2009-10 1,212,400 §
§ NRLC base figure
*excludes NH, CA, and at least one other state
Abortions Level Off After Decline
After dropping 25% from a high of over 1.6 million in 1990,
the number of abortions performed annually in the U.S. has
leveled off at about 1.2 million a year.
Two independent sources confirm this latest trend: the
government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the
Guttmacher Institute (GI), which was once a special research
affiliate of abortion chain Planned Parenthood.
The CDC ordinarily develops its annual report on the basis
of data received from 52 central health agencies (50 states plus
New York City and the District of Columbia).GI gets its numbers
from direct surveys of abortionists conducted every few years.
Because of these different methods of data collection, GI has
consistently obtained higher counts than the CDC. CDC researchers
have admitted it probably undercounts the total number of abortions
because reporting laws vary from state to state and some abortionists
probably do not report or under-report the abortions they perform.
Nevertheless, because increases and decreases in CDC and GI
numbers have usually roughly tracked each other, both sources are
thought to provide useful information on abortion trends and
statistics. The CDC stopped reporting estimates for some states in
1998, though, making the discrepancy larger.
Abortions from CA and NH have not been counted by the
CDC since 1998, and other states have been missing from the
totals during that time frame: OK in 1998, AK from 1998 to
2002, WV in 2003 and 2004, LA in 2005 and 2006, MD in 2007.
For areas that did report, overall declines were seen from 1998
through 2007, though totals ticked up again in 2006.
GI’s latest survey found slightly higher numbers in 2008, but
these may be due to the addition of abortionists missed in
previous surveys.  Increasing numbers of chemical abortions have
also helped arrest previous declines.
Using GI figures through 2008, estimating 1,212,400
abortions for 2009 and 2010, and factoring in the possible 3%
undercount GI  estimates for its own figures, the total number of
abortions performed in the U.S. since 1973 equals 53,310,843.


Why Do Women Have Abortions? 
a statistical breakdown* (from National Right to Life)


Responses listed as primary reason            % 
    Social Reasons (given as primary reason)
       - Feels unready for child/responsibility25%
       - Feels she can't afford baby23%
       - Has all the children she wants/Other family responsibilities19%
       - Relationship problem/Single motherhood8%
       - Feels she isn't mature enough7%
       - Interference with education/career plans4%
       - Parents/Partner wants abortion<1%
       - Other reasons<6.5%

   "Hard Cases" (given as primary reason)
       - Mother's Health4%
       - Baby may have health problem3%
       - Rape or Incest<0.5%



Poll Fact:   An April 2004 Zogby poll found that 56% of Americans support legal abortion in only three or fewer circumstances:  when the pregnancy results from rape or incest or when it threatens the life of the mother.
       *Source:  Lawrence Finer, et. al, "Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives"  Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Vol. 37 No. 3 (Sept., 2005) p. 110.