New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the antiabortion Chiaroscuro Foundation, reveals that the city’s highest abortion rates is to be found in Brownsville, followed by Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Ink reports.
The “Guttmacher abortion ratio, which is induced terminations as a percentage of all pregnancies excluding miscarriages,” is 59 percent in Brownsville, 52 percent in Bed-Stuy, as compared to 41 percent in NYC overall, and a little more than half that nationwide (a number that’s been on the decline).
This isn’t really surprising: unplanned pregnancies correlate closely with poverty, and its symptomatic social problems; nor is it a bad thing, given their role in facilitating cyclic poverty.
Edna Johnson, chair of Community Board 3’s Health and Social Services committee, was pretty frank about the latter point, telling the Ink: “If the abortion rate is high, that’s because it should be high… These kids need to be in school, not on the streets trying to feed a child.”
This is true, of course, at least for now. It’ll be interesting to track the rate in following years given NYC’s new policy of mandatory sex ed in public schools.