Are black women being treated unfairly?
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|Wed, 04-20-2011 - 7:37am|
I think statistics can be misinterpreted so easily or twisted to show what the writer wants you to believe rather than what they actually tell you. Any thoughts on this article?Billboards that highlight black abortion disparity spark debate
When a Texas minister came to Chicago last month to launch a controversial anti-abortion billboard campaign, he highlighted a statistic that some people found shocking.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women account for about 36 percent of the country's reported abortions, even though blacks are less than 13 percent of the population.
So why is the black abortion rate, which is three times that of white women, so disproportionately high?
Experts say it's because black women have higher rates of unintended pregnancies, and often that's a result of not having access to quality health care as well as the most effective contraception and sex education.
Gaylon Alcaraz, the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, said the statistics tell only part of the story.