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The Rep. Akin abortion flap raises a question: what is the prevalence of abortions in the U.S.?
The U.S. Census Bureau, in its 2012 Statistical Abstract, presents the following:
For those opposed to abortions, there is some good news: the overall rate of abortions fell from 2.7% in 1990 to 1.9% in 2007... the last year for which data was available. For whites, the rate fell from 2.1% to 1.3%; for blacks, the rate fell from 6.4% to 4.8%.
Some try to make the argument that blacks are targeted for abortion because of their high rate relative to whites and other racial groups. The cause of high abortion rates among blacks is relatively straightforward: blacks engage in far more non-marital sex than other groups, have the highest rate of children born out of wedlock, and are the lowest socio-economic group. In other words, pregnancies among blacks are more likely to be unplanned and unwanted than other racial groups.
It would be a simple notion to say: blacks should become more responsible. Yes, that would be a nice solution to this social issue, but changing attitudes about a social issue among those who see no social issue is quite a challenge. Rather, one has to recognize that there has been a general collapse of the black sub-culture which is reflected in a number of "social issues": violent crime, single parent families, unwed mothers, and abortions. And the solution... "acting white"... creates a negative response among many lower socio-economic blacks.
One might argue that education efforts are showing some result as measured in the abortion rates for blacks. "Some" is different from "good" in the sense of comparative measures. There is a pattern of behavior that is self-destructive and self-perpetuating. Rather than arguing the morals or ethics of promiscuity, pregnancies by unwed females, or abortions as birth control, one should be discussing the social support system that enables and encourages the continuation of self-destructive and socially negative behaviors.