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The Impact on Arkansas

2011 Abortion Statistics for Arkansas by

Arkansas is a state with a rich and intriguing history, both in triumph and struggle. Part of that history, as a southern state, is a storyline rooted in the plight of Civil Rights.  As the union’s 13th admitted slave state, there have been many obstacles to overcome since the Civil War. Most of us are familiar with the “Little Rock Nine”–the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. It took federal intervention by Republican President Eisenhower when Democrat Governor Orval Faubus refused to abide by the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.1

Today, the battle against dehumanization continues as abortion claimed the lives of over 55 million, nationwide, since Roe v. Wade. In the black community, over 15 million of our posterity have been eliminated in staggering numbers that are hugely disproportionate to the black population. Adoption is always a loving option and there are many resources for those who choose to parent.

“Over the years many have fought against injustices contrived to dehumanize, extinguish and deprive anyone of being who they were… a human being with limitless potential to be great. However, as light began to shine on us, it darkened on our unborn children who are unable to contend for themselves. If we don’t speak for those who cannot, who will? We are a voice for the voiceless.” –Arkansas Black Americans for Life

Abortion, no matter the race, is a tragedy, but nowhere is the destruction of abortion felt more than in the black community.

This is no coincidence. Back in the early part of the 1900s, Hilda Cornish, friend of Margaret Sanger and member of the American Eugenics Society, began the Arkansas Eugenics Association.  In 1942, the clinic that she began with other like-minded elites, who clung to the racist pseudoscience of eugenics, was renamed the Planned Parenthood Association of Arkansas.2 Cornish is considered the founder of eugenics in Arkansas which sought to rid the state of the reproduction of those deemed “unfit” by means of birth control–the poor, the physically disabled, and the “feeble-minded” which were, according to the American Eugenics Society, often those of black racial heritage.

Abortion Center Locations using US Census Bureau Data

US Census Bureau data shows 2 of 3 AR abortion
centers located in 56% & 80% black neighborhoods.

The “GONE” campaign continues to highlight the destruction abortion brings to our society. Black families now comprise less than 30% of all households in the black community, with 72.3% of black children born into homes without fathers. In Arkansas, nearly 96.1% of all abortions among black women are among the unmarried (mostly ages 20-29).3 Nationwide, black babies are aborted up to 6 times more than those of the majority population (such as in New York City, where more black babies are aborted than are born alive). Although Arkansas doesn’t have the massive number of abortion centers that NYC does, abortion still disproportionately impacts the black community through the state’s three abortion clinics. Two of the state’s (3) abortion clinics are located in predominantly black neighborhoods in Little Rock: Planned Parenthood (located in a 80% black neighborhood) and Little Rock Family Planning Services (surgical abortion center that performs abortions up to 21 weeks is located in a 56% black neighborhood). The demographic data is available from the US Census Bureau Data (see image).  The other Planned Parenthood (both of which perform chemical abortions up to 8 weeks gestation) is located in Fayetteville, just minutes away from the primary 20-24 age demographic at the University of Arkansas.

In 2011, the latest year for available statewide statistics, the Arkansas Department of Health, reports there were 4,033 abortions within the state.4 The State Health department further breaks down the numbers by revealing 54% of all abortions occur among white women (down from 58% in 2008) while 38% are among black women (an increase from 34% in 2008).5 These percentages are only fully understood when the total population is revealed: 80% of Arkansas’s population is white while only 16% is black.6 The disparity is alarming as it shows what is happening nationally, and what, historically has primarily been the target of the Birth Control/Population Control movement. Abortion is the number one killer of African Americans.


Despite the overwhelming evidence that widespread access to contraceptives has done nothing to reduce the abortion rate or “unplanned pregnancies”, the Guttmacher Institute asserts that “behind virtually every abortion is an unintended pregnancy.”7 That would explain why Planned Parenthood does nothing to reduce the unintended pregnancy rate. Abortions serve as their primary revenue stream, next to taxpayer funding. The CDC reports, nationwide, that unintended pregnancy rates have remained at 49% since 1995, despite the fact that the nation’s largest abortion chain has received billions of taxpayer dollars ($542.4 million in 2011) for this very purpose. They fail. Women and children suffer.

There are all kinds of justifications given for the disparity but none of these reasons have factual explanations as to the higher numbers of abortions, especially when the majority of these abortions are NOT performed on the poor or on those who lack health insurance.  The majority of abortions in Arkansas are on women ages 20-29, many of whom have had some college or have a college degree.8 Unfortunately, pro-abortion propaganda runs rampant, especially among Little Rock’s busiest abortion centers.  Pulaski County accounts for nearly 30% of all abortions which are mostly committed at the Little Rock Family Planning Services clinic.9 Outrageous and false statements are common on their website.  “Pro-choice” reveals itself to be simply pro-abortion from an Arkansas Abortions by Age Groupestablishment that makes its profit from abortions.  Under its website’s 8th reason for “Nine Reasons Why a Just Society Trusts Women to Choose”10, this abortion center falsely claims that “40% of 14-year-old girls will become pregnant before they turn 20.”

According to pro-abortion advocacy group, the Guttmacher Institute, only 7% of women in the age group (15-19) got pregnant in 2006.9 If 40% of all teenagers got pregnant, that would certainly be a major national crisis of teen pregnancy. And one is no longer 14 if she is pregnant at 18. But this is what pro-abortion propaganda does.  It spews nonsensical rhetoric without any evidence, and deceives generation after generation to believe its lies. If pro-abortion activists truly trust women, then give women (and men) all of the information possible–starting with the basic biological truth that human life begins at conception.



1The Encyclopedia of Arkansas:

2The Encyclopedia of Arkansas:

3-4The Arkansas Department of Health:

5The Arkansas Department of Health: 2008 Statistics

6U.S. Census Bureau, Quickfacts-Arkansas:

7Guttmacher Institute: “Contraception Works–And Publicly Funded Family Planning Programs Are Essential to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

8Arkansas Department of Health: 2011 Induced Abortion Statistics

9Little Rock Family Planning Services website:”ProLife Information”

10Guttmacher Institute: “US Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity”, January 2010

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