Why my ‘oops’ lives, while other women’s ‘oops’ don’t. Demography and abortion

Can’t say my latest was ‘intended’, I was breastfeeding, I’m older, I never got pregnant easily before. I was past the 1st trimester before I even had a due date.  

This is the most recent posting on abortion and who is obtaining them and I wish the GOP will address this issue of family and life into policy that helps stabilize the unstable urban family.

U.S. Abortion Rate at 30-Year Low

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

While the abortion rate has dropped among all racial groups, it remains three times higher among Hispanic women and five times higher among black women, compared to white women, the report found.

From 1994 to 2004, the rate of abortions among Hispanic women fell by 20 percent, from 35 per 1,000 women to 28 per 1,000 women. The drop in the abortion rate over the same period for white women was 30 percent; for black women, it was 15 percent.

Other findings in the report, titled Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004, include:

   * The teen abortion rate dropped from 33 percent in 1974 to 17 percent in 2004.

   * 57 percent of abortions in 2004 were among women in their 20s.

   * Most abortions (89 percent) in 2004 occurred during the first trimester.

   * Abortions performed at seven weeks or sooner after pregnancy increased from 16 percent in 1994 to 28 percent in 2004.

   * 60 percent of abortions in 2004 were among women who already had children, up from 50 percent in 1989 and 46 percent in 1974.

Laurie Rubiner, vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood, said the report underscores the disparities in women’s health care in the United States.  

The difference is well… I’m in a healthy marriage. The rates of black women being married to the father of the child are low, as with other female demographics. I believe the rate is 70% of black children are born out-of-wedlock. The answer is not more birth control, the answer is men, as supportive husbands and fathers. Men need to be a collaborative part of the family. Obama has touched upon the role of men in family, but this at times is in conflict with groups the down play the roles of fathers in children’s lives.

Then you read this…  

Teens’ Failure To Use Condoms Linked To Partner Disapproval, Fear Of Less Sexual Pleasure


High abortion rate worries NY experts

   In New York, 72 abortions occur for every 100 live births.

   The high rate is especially troubling because it indicates that more city residents are turning to abortion. Years ago, most abortions in the city-up to two-thirds in some years-were performed on women from out of town who flocked to New York because of its liberal abortion policies. Now, however, 93% of the abortions in New York City are performed on city residents.

   And even though free or low-cost contraception is offered through 59 publicly funded programs at 218 sites in New York state, mostly in New York City, more could be provided, says Deborah Kaplan, deputy commissioner of the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

   “To me, the problem is access,” says Ms. Kaplan. “If we improved access to contraceptives, there would be a reduction in abortion.

Lack of condoms are not the problem. They’re everywhere. Lack of stability in the sexual relationship is the problem.

“Any time you see these high rates of abortion, it is a sign of high rates of women having unprotected sex,” he says.

That seems to be particularly true for New York City’s African-American women. Though blacks make up about 24% of the city’s population, black women were responsible for 45% of the abortions in the city in 2006. That mirrors a national trend, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion numbers and found that the rate among black women is twice the national average.

Since condoms prevent both pregnancy and STDs, many people in the public health community believe they are the best form of birth of control.

But DOHMH statistics show that condom use is falling, with only 35% to 40% of men using them in their most recent sexual encounter.(my emphasis)

It may be especially difficult for black women in communities where men are scarce, due to incarceration or addiction problems, to insist that their partners use condoms.

“Once the ratio of women to men is 2 to 1, courtship rules go out the window,” Dr. Fullilove says.

Researcher W Bardford Wilcox has some great information on urban families as does the research on fragile families at Princeton University.

Another interesting study on women bearing children out of wedlock in their 20s is fear that they will never get married, and assume the risk with a sexual partner that may not be committed to having children. (I’ll get that link later)


Fear of infertility haunts twenty-somethings

Delayed marriage, years on the pill, maybe a few sexually transmitted infections — these are surely among the factors causing British women and men to worry about their ability to have children as they approach their 30s.

Dr Catherine Hood, a family planning doctor and media personality, told Cosmopolitan magazine: “In sexual health clinics, we’re increasingly seeing women in their twenties not using contraception. When we ask why, they say, ‘I don’t think I can have kids’ — but often, there’s no reason for them to feel this way. Women used to be scared of getting pregnant — now, many are scared they can’t, and are willing to take risks.” ~ The Telegraph (UK), Sep 15; 10

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