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Public health officials tie higher abortion rate to poverty, contraceptive access

by: Eric B.

Tue May 27, 2014 at 17:33:28 PM EDT


In a stunning development, public health officials are saying that the meteoric rise of abortions in Detroit isn't tied to looser women, but instead to poverty and squeezed access to contraceptives. In another development of equal shock, when I tried to pay last month's rent with promises of "greater exposure," my landlord expressed dismay.

Nearly one-third of all pregnancies in the city of Detroit end in abortion, a statistic public health officials blame on rising poverty and dwindling access to affordable contraception.

Of an estimated 18,360 pregnancies among Detroit residents in 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, 5,693 ended in abortion, or 31 percent.

What's great about this is that with one fell swoop in slashing the social safety net, the state of Michigan has moved aggressively in both its war on women and in its war on poor people.

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