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CNS News Shows 74% of Mississippi Abortions Target Black Babies

by | May 26, 2022

By Curtis Houck 

CNS News editor-in-chief Terry Jeffrey published an in-depth story Tuesday for our sister site that new data revealed abortions in Mississippi — the state at the center of the abortion case before the Supreme Court — skewed heavily toward Black women the tune of 74 percent of all abortions.

Shifting through the CDC data that came from 37 states (plus New York City and Washington D.C.), there were “27 jurisdictions” that provided a racial breakdown and, of those that shared, “[b]abies carried by black mothers in 2019 were aborted in greater numbers and at a greater rate than babies carried by mothers of other race.” 

Jeffrey quoted CDC that broke it down along racial lines:

Non-Hispanic White women had the lowest abortion rate (6.6 abortions per 1,000 women) and ratio (117 abortions per 1,000 live births) and non-Hispanic black woman had the highest rate (23.8 abortions per 1,000 women) and ratio (386 abortions per 1,000 live births). 

In the case of Mississippi (which has only one abortion clinic open), the numbers were sobering:

Mississippi, which has enacted a bill to ban abortion after 15 weeks that is now being reviewed by the Supreme Court and which has on its books a law that (if Roe v. Wade is overturned) would ban all abortions except in cases of rape and to save the life of the mother, has the highest percentage of its abortions among black women of all the reporting states.

For 2019, Mississippi reported 3,180 abortions (or 99.6 percent of the total that occurred in the state) to the CDC by race/ethnicity. Of those 3,180 abortions, 2,532 (or 74.0 percent) were performed on black mothers.

At the same time, of the 1,533,857 women that the Census Bureau said lived in Mississippi in 2019, 608,587 (of 39.7%) were black or African American.

Click here to read Jeffrey’s full article. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.

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