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26 February 2014

For Ten Years, 56.6% of Abortions in Georgia were Obtained by Black Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is out with some sobering statistics.

Despite being 30.5% of Georgia's population, Blacks obtained nearly 56.6% of the Peach State's abortions over the past decade.

According to the CDC Abortion Surveillance System, which was launched in 1969 to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions, 354,702 abortions took place in Georgia from 2000 to 2010. During that ten year period, 200,690 or 56.6% of abortions were obtained by Black women.

Below are the year-by-year numbers:

YearBlack AbortionsPercent
200017,22654.4%
200118,15354.6%
200218,83655.3%
200318,99255.3%
200417,80954.8%
200518,32557.8%
200617,54457.4
200718,33759.1%
200819,87459.4%
200918,85661.2%
201016,73853.6%
Totals200,69056.6%

Georgia and other states participating in the Abortion Surveillance System voluntarily report data to CDC for inclusion in its annual Abortion Surveillance Report. CDC's Division of Reproductive Health prepares surveillance reports as data become available. There is no national requirement for data submission or reporting.