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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