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.