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1 in 3 pregnancies aborted in Detroit

by | May 23, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

DetNewsThanks to the educational efforts of pro-lifers in New York, we know the awesome toil abortion is taking, particularly in New York City and most especially in areas with high populations of ethnic minorities.

Earlier this week, the Detroit News reported on data for 2012 from the Michigan Department of Community Health that revealed that 1 in 3 pregnancies in Detroit are aborted. Of the estimated 18,360 pregnancies, 5,693 ended in abortion (31%).

Translated into the abortion rate—the number of abortions/1,000 women ages 15-44—Detroit’s rate was now 37.9. In 2001, the abortion rate was 27.5, a huge increase.

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In 2012 there were an estimated 160,219 pregnancies for the entire state of Michigan; 22,699 ended in abortions. In 2012 the abortion rate was 11/1,000 women ages 15-44. In 2001 the abortion rate for the state was 12.6/1,000 women.

“While the abortion rate has been climbing in Detroit, it’s been declining in Michigan and across the U.S.,” wrote Karen Bouffard for the Detroit News. “’We’re seeing a picture that looks more like some Third-World country than someplace in the United States,’ said Dr. Susan Schooley, chairwoman of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.”

The story included summaries of some of the data:

*13.5 percent of the women were younger than 20; the greatest proportion, 35.8 percent, were aged 20-24

*89.4 percent of women who had abortions were unmarried

*58 percent had at least one child already

*25.3 percent had one or more previous abortions

A share of the story touted the wonderfulness of ObamaCare and how it supposedly would “reduce abortions.” Of course, there was not a hint that ObamaCare created a national program of massive federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion (not to mention imposing rationing of lifesaving medical care).

At the same time the story lamented the tremendous number of abortions in Detroit, Bouffard made certain she maximized the safety of abortion, minimized the aftermath, and sent the message abortions aren’t casually chosen. To prove so, she went to Dr. Jay Berman, chief of gynecology at DMC Hutzel Hospital and division chief for gynecology at Wayne State University Medical School. Bouffard wrote

“Berman noted that legal abortion is a safe procedure. He said the general consensus among physicians is that abortions — even multiple abortions — do not lead to premature birth or other complications with future pregnancies.

Bouffard then directly quoted Berman:

“’We certainly would like to reduce that number,’ Berman said. ‘There’s physical stress, but there is psychological stress as well. … Women don’t take these choices very lightly. It certainly has an emotional and psychological (effect).’”

Bouffard also noted that her newspaper had conducted a study the results of which it published January which found that Detroit was the most dangerous city in the nation to be a child. “[T]he study found that the death rate for children 18 and younger is higher in Detroit than in any U.S. city its size or larger,” she wrote. “The highest number of deaths occur in the first year, most related to premature birth. Homicide is the second greatest cause of child deaths in the city.”

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