Mapping Abortion in New York

Thomas Peters writes about the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s efforts to highlight New York City’s shockingly high abortion rates.

This interactive map shows the abortion numbers by zip code over a span of 10 years, with much of the map painted blood-red to show abortion rates of 50% and higher. It would be interesting the correlate this data by income, religion, and race, but a quick glance at the map and my memories of New York (where I worked and went to college) show what’s obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention: abortion is cutting a swath through the poor and minority population, and that was always what it was intended to do.

In any case, it’s a powerful use of technology to illustrate–quickly and simply–just how horrible the situation is. When you’re looking at 1500 abortions for every 1000 births in some areas, something is seriously wrong.

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  • searavens

    “abortion is cutting a swath through the poor and minority population…”

    The first thing I noticed before even reading the post. More than any statistic, this map shows how widespread is the despair in the Bronx, especially.

    The difference between zip code 10128 (is that a 10% rate?) and the very next zip code to the north, 10029 (50% rate) is striking. I looked at a zip code map with demographics to learn that zip code 10128 is about 80% white with 2010 median household income of $101,444 and average age of 39.5. Zip code 10029 is 50% Hispanic and about 25% black, with 2010 median household income of $37,701 and average age of 32.7. That is dismaying. The message seems to be “If you are young, minority, and poor, there is no place for anyone like you in the future.”

  • Frank Weathers

    Snake Plissken, where are you?

    {TLMcD: He doesn’t even have a place to land his glider anymore…}