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  •  Abortion statistics state-by-state (none)
    Here. The correlation is not as exact.  But WA, OR, NY, MA all seem high and much of the Plains States and Mountain West look low.  The South is hard to figure out because Democratic-leaning minority populations have a disproportionate amount of abortions in those states skewing the political result.  Kansas looks like an anomoly, but otherwise it seems to follow the same pattern as the teen parent rates.
    •  Data (none)
      Democratic-leaning minority populations have a disproportionate amount of abortions.

      Where is the data for this?

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      by bink on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 12:20:48 PM PST

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      •  Race and Abortion (none)
        The most recent I could find online were for the mid-90s, but the trend is that African-Americans are making up a larger percentage of the total. In 1972, it was White 77%, African-American 23%.  In 1994, it was White 58%, African-American 33%.  "White" includes Hispanic women.  African-Americans make up rougly 17-18% of the country's population.
    •  Hmmm... (none)
      Democratic-leaning minority populations have a disproportionate amount of abortions...

      Strange. I don't remember anyone stopping the young woman I escorted through the picket line to ask whether she was a registered Democrat or Republican.

      •  Democratic-leaning minority (none)
        Minorities, especially African-Americans, vote heavily Democratic.  If you're going to call Texas a "Red State" when it went 65-35 for the President, it makes at least as much sense to say "Democratic-leaning minorities."  The main difference is that the latter includes the caveat of "leaning," rather than the stark dichotomy of red state vs. blue state.
    •  Rate of preg. (none)
      I quickly tossed both sets of numbers and calculated the preg rate by state.  (Obviously, I made the simplifying assumption that abortion rates for girls is comparable to the rates for all women of child-bearing age.  Nor did I factor in live birth rate.)

      The top 10 states for preg:
      TX
      NM
      DE
      GA
      FL
      MS
      AZ
      AR
      NC
      LA

      The bottom 10 states:
      ME
      ND
      VT
      SD
      MN
      IA
      ID
      WI
      MA
      UT

      For what its worth, big blue states NY & IL 15 and 16 respectively.  CA is unranked because they don't report abortion rates.

      Aside from MA looking better and better like the nation's shining light, its hard to make any definitive statements about these results.

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