January 29, 2011
The “Big Apple” — New York City — can lay claim to that dubious title after shocking new statistics recently released by the city’s Health Department show that 41% OF ITS PREGNANCIES END IN ABORTION, A HIGHER RATE THAN ANY STATE EXCEPT CALIFORNIA.
Nationally, the rate of aborted pregnancies is about 20%. Within NYC, the 2009 numbers (latest ones available) reveal that 48 percent of pregnancies of women in the Bronx end in abortion, 38 percent of Manhattan women opt for an abortion, as do 32 percent of women living on Staten Island. Black babies were nearly half the victims, followed by Hispanics and then white pre-borns.
Catholic, Jewish and other religious leaders met recently to come up with a method of reducing the dismal numbers. Thomas Peters, of Catholic Vote and AmericanPapist, commented that, “Those who promised before Roe v. Wade that abortions would be legal, safe and rare after the decision were only right about the first of those three promises. We know that abortion is safe for no one: not for the mother, and certainly not for the child. And, as our largest city attests, abortion is not rare. We’ve had thirty-five years as a nation to see if their promises would come true, and they haven’t. Now it’s time to make our own.”
The genocide that abortion has caused among the African-American community is nearing the point of below-replacement level numbers. A more in-depth look at this American genocide will be in the Spring issue of RNC for Life Report.
While the headlines and opening paragraph of a recent Los Angeles Times posting by Shari Roan proclaim “No link to mental ills found,” the article itself clearly tells another story. Danish researchers followed more than 84,000 girls and women who had abortions and nearly 281,000 who had a first childbirth between 1995 and 2007. None of those in the study had a history of mental disorders prior to that time.
Yet, buried in the middle of the story were these words which clearly contradict the headlines: “Women who had abortions had higher rates of mental health disorders overall. . . . Women who gave birth had lower rates of mental health problems.” In fact, according to the article, there was a 50% increase of visits to mental health professionals after an abortion, compared to the incidence of such visits prior to an abortion. Furthermore, the visits for psychiatric health care more than doubled in the year following an abortion versus childbirth.
But rather than admitting the obvious, the study’s lead author Trine Munk-Olsen, a psychiatric epidemiologist at the National Center for Register-Based Research in Denmark, believes that the higher rates of psychiatric care can be a sign that women having abortions are at a vulnerable point in their lives.
Across America, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers gathered last weekend in their state capital cities, their home towns and in the nation’s capital to demonstrate their support of the “right to Life.” Most marches featured pro-life speakers, families with children in tow, and, very encouraging to our movement, many young people. Recent polling shows that MORE THAN HALF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC NOW CONSIDERS THEMSELVES TO BE PRO-LIFE, and the greatest increase holding that belief is among young adults.
At the D.C. event, the largest contingent of marchers is expected to have come from the Pittsburgh area, where People Concerned for the Unborn Child planned to send 120 busloads of pro-life citizens to stand and walk together in Washington in silent tribute to those millions of American boys and girls who have lost their lives to the horror of legalized abortion.