On the CDC’s Latest Abortion Report

[H/T The Daily Caller]

The news this past Friday mostly centered on covering Black Friday and issues relating to the events in Ferguson, but amid all of these stories, the CDC has released its latest abortion surveillance report. This year’s report looks at the numbers for 2011, since those are the most recent ones available. There is a little good news in this report, but for the most part, the picture is still depressing. Let’s look at some of the most important numbers.

The report looks at 52 different reporting areas, which are the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. For this report, they received data from 49 of those areas. For trend analysis of the decade between 2002 and 2011, the 46 areas that had returned data all ten years were analyzed. The areas excluded from this 46 are Alaska, California, Louisiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.

A grand total of 730,322 abortions were reported to the CDC in 2011, with 98.3% coming from the 46 areas that returned reports every year since 2002. The good news here is that the absolute number of abortions is down from previous years. In 2010, there were 753,065, and in 2002, there were 854, 122. The number of abortions in 2011 was the lowest in all 10 years surveyed.

While the total number is down from 2010 and 2002, there are still plenty of disturbing statistics in this report. In 2011, despite the downward trend, there were still 219 abortions per 1000 live births, which translates to just shy of 18%. Think about that: this means that almost 1/5 of all pregnancies ends in an abortion.

The report also presents a great argument for the traditional family structure. In the 37 areas that returned data for marital status in 2011, 85.5% of all abortions were from unmarried women. In other words, women who were legally married accounted for less than 15% of all abortions that year. As the Daily Caller (see the H/T) notes, “The proportion of unmarried women who have an abortion has actually increased, while abortion has fallen overall — in 2001, 81.7 percent of women who had an abortion were unmarried.”

A lot of digital ink has been devoted to explaining just how disproportionally bad abortion’s affect on the black community. This report does nothing to controvert that argument. While non-Hispanic white women were the source of a …read more    

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