Archbishop Dolan addresses New York’s high abortion rates

CBS reports that almost 40 percent of pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion in 2009, according to the city’s health department.

Out of 225,667 recorded pregnancies there were 126,774 live births and 87,273 abortions.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan joined with other religious leaders yesterday calling for efforts to make abortions “rare:”

“I re-affirm Cardinal John O’Connor’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,” said Archbishop Dolan.

While the numbers have declined in the last decade, the religious leaders said they are still too high.

Forty-six percent of pregnancies in the Bronx ended in abortion — the largest percentage in the area. Minorities had the highest rates.

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