NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) â€“ Archbishop Timothy Dolan is calling for efforts to make abortions in New York City â€œrare.â€
Dolan gathered with other religious leaders on Thursday to draw attention to the cityâ€™s high abortion rate. The city health department last month released statistics that showed 39 percent of pregnancies ended with induced termination in 2009.
â€œI re-affirm Cardinal John Oâ€™Connorâ€™s promise of a quarter-century ago that every woman facing a difficult pregnancy will be provided with free, confidential help of the highest quality from the Archdiocese of New York,â€ said Archbishop Dolan.
While the numbers have declined in the last decade, the religious leaders said they are still too high.
In 2009, there were 225,667 pregnancies in the City with 126,774 resulting in live births and 87,273 resulting in abortions. In addition to those abortion numbers, there were 11,620 spontaneous terminations.
Forty-six percent of all births in the Bronx result in abortionsâ€”the highest among the five boroughs, according to the report.
Blacks had the highest number of abortions with 40,798 with Hispanics having the second highest at 28,364, according to the report.
In response, the Chiaroscuro Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports alternatives to abortion, pledged that it will spend $1 million in 2011 to address the Cityâ€™s abortion rateâ€”nearly double the national average of 23 percent.
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