- - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

After reading Tuesday’s excellent Wall Street Journal column by Jason Riley, titled “Let’s Talk About the Racial Disparity in Abortions,” we are left once again to answer the question posed by the subtitle:

“Why isn’t it more a matter of concern to the left that so many black babies aren’t brought into the world?”

Riley notes how the abortion rate for black women “is nearly five times higher than the white rate and well above the national average.”

“In New York City, home to the largest black population of any U.S. urban area, more black babies are aborted than born. New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported in 2014 that black babies constitute 42% of all abortions in a city where blacks are 25% of the population. In Georgia, where whites outnumber blacks 2 to 1, more than 53% of abortions involve black babies, and black women terminate their pregnancies at nearly 2.5 times the rate that white women do.”

Riley then pushes back on the idea that this is solely a function of poverty, comparing income and abortion rates between black and Hispanic households:

“Hispanic households are comparable to black ones in finances, sexual activity and use of birth control. Yet Hispanic women choose to abort at a rate much closer to that of white women than black women.”

Instead, he believes the difference is marriage. 

The sad truth is that many black women are not acting irrationally when they decide to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. They are playing the odds. Out-of-wedlock Hispanic birthrates are above average, but Hispanic marriage rates are comparable to those of whites, which is not the case among blacks. Most Hispanic children are raised by two parents, while most black children are not. Many black women may be choosing to abort because they don’t believe the father will stick around to help raise the child.


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