Black Women 5 Times More Likely To Have Abortion Than White Women

April V. Taylor

Abortion rates have been declining in the United States for the last 25 years and have reached the lowest rate since Roe v. Wade, but, according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women are still disproportionately affected, having abortions at 5 times the rate of white women.  While the reasons for the overall decline in abortion rates is widely discussed, few are looking at why black women continue to access abortion rates at such a higher rate than the rest of the population.

Christine Dehlendorf, who is a professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, is one of the people choosing to take a closer look.  Dehlendorf specializes in reproductive health research, and she believes that the discrepancy between black women’s abortion rates and the rest of the population is a reflection of “broader inequities” that are present in many other areas than just health outcomes.  She specifically states, “There are a multitude of reasons, and we don’t fully understand what’s going on.  But ultimately I think it’s about structural determinants – economic reasons, issues related to racism, differences in opportunities, differences in social and historical context.”

Dehlendorf believes that economic reasons are one of the largest contributing factors in the abortion racial gap.  According to the Pew Research Center, low – income women have higher rates of abortion and unintended pregnancy no matter what their race is.  When this is coupled with the fact that the median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households, it is easier to understand that economic status is one of the root causes for black women seeking out abortions at such a higher rate.  Economic status has such a profound affect on the abortion rate because poorer women are less likely to have health insurance or consistent access to medical care.

Although economic status is a major contributing factor, black women of all economic statuses have higher rates of abortion according to a report done by the Guttmacher Institute.  Dehlendorf believes that this is because studies that control for income still fail to look at the other disadvantages that black women face.  She states, “It is important to remember that income is not equal to socioeconomic status – history, culture, education, wealth, family education and so on all contribute to this.  So you can’t say that by controlling for income you are taking away the effect of socioeconomic status.”  In other words, it is not just income that makes a woman decide to have an abortion; there are many other cultural and sociological factors, some that are tied to racism, discrimination and systemic inequities, that contribute to the decision.

The positive news is that Dehlendorf and other experts believe that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will help reduce abortion rates by making birth control more widely available to people of all income levels.  Despite the lack of research, it is clear that there are cultural and socioeconomic factors outside of income level that cause black women to seek out abortions at five times the rate of white women.  Hopefully, there is a solution to reducing this statistic that accounts for all of the contributing factors.



10 Comment

  1. When y'all figure out what to do with all these unwanted children who are already here, get back to me on the Abortion stuff. In the meantime, take care of YOURS.

  2. Totally agree with you Sherren! By the way that line of having a child that will change the world. Well we’ve got OBAMA, and NOTHING!!
    So that mess DOSEN’T hold water anymore! And if I’ve got to sacrifice my child, that’s quite alright.
    Lastly, our representatives throw us all in the same barrel claiming we don’t care, nor want the best for our children!
    How ironic they make such comments and policies on our backs, but have nannies for their kids.
    Lets also put this out there, not all whites abortions are reported!
    so to highlight black women is quite disrespectful! And yes, if society is not going to pay us better, equal wages to white women, then NO ONE SHOULDN’T BRING A CHILD INTO THIS WORLD! Just so they can be dehumanized? Yeah, RIGHT!

  3. Tts a lie and I don't believe it fact is most abortion clinics are in the hood where white girls go to stayvloe profile, that's probably why there's an inaccurate account!

  4. Why print this shit?

  5. Since 1973 over 25% of the black population has been exterminated through abortion. Unfortunately, it’s not feces, it’s the sad truth.

    “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.”
    “Most fundamental civil right is the right to life. Except black women plus children killed at Planned Parenthood.”

  6. Abortion is murder plain and simple.

  7. And when women who decide to keep the child stop hitting men up for financial support for their decisions then the public won't have nothing to say about abortion.

  8. Very interesting! Texas is busy closing abortion clinics, yet the four remaining clinics are in the "hood". Some women use abortion as a form of birth control. I.U.D.'s are the
    best alternative for effective, long-term birth control.

  9. Yes, the abortion issue is a trouble. But living in Southern California I take a different approach to the procreation of the Black race. From world slavery every country has made adjustments and acceptance. In California, so many of our colonized Africans and decedents have been able to flourish in all countries, except the last Most prejudiced Country in the World…Mexico. The small Black population is silently “Begging” for the world to give them Hope and prosperity in Mexico. Their civil rights are “canned” from those days of America Escapism ….it time to help the unborn Black children in Mexico.
    Thanks… Let’s get moving on this for World inclusion of all Black people.

    Herb Greene

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