City’s High Abortion Rate Defies Easy Explanation

February 4, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — At a time when evidence suggests that people in New York City are smoking less, eating better and biking more, one health statistic that has not budged is the abortion rate.  Two of every five pregnancies in the city end in abortion, a statistic that has barely changed in more than a decade.At a news conference last month,Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, called the city’s 41 percent abortion rate “downright chilling.” And on Thursday, State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. of the Bronx brought up the figure repeatedly as he urged a group of anti-abortion ministers to spread the word that abortion was nothing less than an attack on minorities.

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