Monday, November 27, 2017

2014 CDC report: abortions continue to decrease

The Centers for Disease Control released their 2014 national abortion report. A total of 652,639 abortions were reported to the CDC in 2014, a decrease of 11,896 from 2013.

The CDC numbers are incomplete because some states hide their abortion numbers. The 2014 report doesn't include California, Maryland, and New Hampshire. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research institution that tracks abortion numbers independently, estimated 157,350 abortions in California in 2014.

More women choosing life!

The report shows a smaller percentage of women are having abortions, and a larger percentage of women are choosing life for their children. Of the states that reported their numbers consistently from 2005 to 2014, the 2014 abortion rate was 12.1 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years, decreasing 2% in 2014. The abortion ratio in those states was 186 per 1,000 live births, a decrease of 7% in 2014.

The abortion ratio for women ages 15-19 declined from 393 abortions per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 338 abortions in 2014. This means a higher percentage of pregnant teens are choosing life.

Minority abortions decrease

An encouraging trend is that minority abortions continue to decrease, but minorities continue to have a large proportion of abortions. From 2007 to 2014, the abortion rate for non-Hispanic Black women decreased 27%, and for Hispanic women it decreased 41%. Non-Hispanic Whites comprise 77% of the U.S. population, but only have 38% of abortions (in the states that consistently report abortion date by race). Non-Hispanic Blacks comprise 13% of the population, but have 36% of abortions. Hispanics are 18 of the population, and had 18 percent of abortions.

The Guttmacher Institute found similar numbers in 2014: Whites had 39% of abortions, Blacks 28%, and Hispanics 25%.

Relatively little attention is paid to this ongoing racial disparity in the media, despite the easy access to numbers proving its existence. The abortion industry continues their relentless focus on minority women as a major source of their income.

Numbers you might not know

Even though abortion rates and ratios are declining in every age group, the age of women having abortions is increasing with the rapidly aging demographics in the United States. In 2005, women 30 and over had 26.5% of abortions. In 2014, women 30 and over had 30.4%.

Abortion advocates often dismiss late term abortions as just a tiny percent of abortions overall, and therefore they should be completely ignored. The CDC reported only 1.3% of abortions in 2014 were at 20 weeks gestation or later, but that translates to about 12,000 annual late-term abortions. The CDC reported 11,008 gun homicides in the U.S. in 2014. Are late-term abortions getting as much attention in society as gun violence? What about abortions overall, considering there are about 84 abortions for every gun homicide?

Nearly half of women who have abortions have already had at least one abortion. The CDC reported repeat abortion rate was 44.9%: 24.7% of women were having their second abortion, 11.6% were having their third, and 8.6% were having their fourth abortion or more.