41 Percent NYC is calling on all New Yorkers who care about human rights to sign its petition demanding that the Health Department inspect all abortion clinics in New York City every two years. The non-profit organization is on a mission to educate New Yorkers about the grim realities of abortion in their city, and get them to take action.
The only organization of its kind 41 Percent NYC was founded by the Chiaroscuro Foundation in 2011 in response to New York City’s reputation as the abortion capital of America. The Foundation named the organization after the then-current abortion rate of 41%, which was double the national average and the highest in the country at the time. Since then, New York City’s abortion rate has decreased to 37%, but is still almost twice the national average.
The campaign to pass a clinic inspection bill was launched in response to disturbing user reviews from women who had visited uninspected facilities. As part of its investigation, 41 Percent found that while 50% of tanning salons in New York undergo annual inspection, only 1.5% of abortion clinics receive similar treatment. Even more startling, between 2000 and 2012 only 17 out of the 225 abortion clinics in New York City were inspected at all. The petition is one of the ways 41 Percent encourages New Yorkers to take action—in addition to contacting their legislators and voting.
The organization’s website provides a wealth of statistics, breaking down the abortion rates by zip code. For instance, in 2009, in zip code 10039 (Manhattan), there were 957 reported pregnancies, but only 389 live births; over 55% of the babies were aborted. Every borough except Staten Island has clusters of zip codes with alarming numbers reporting more abortions than live births. In zip code 11412 (Queens), to give another example, the abortion rate was nearly 61%; out of a total of 1060 pregnancies, only 392 babies were born alive.
41 Percent also cites a recent survey reporting that 72% of New Yorkers believe abortion should be rare and a last resort; nearly 80% strongly disapprove of abortion being available on demand through the ninth month of pregnancy; and 78% agree that women should be required to have counseling and a 24-hour waiting period before making the decision to abort their children.
Despite the general aversion to abortion, however, the stark reality is that tens of thousands of women each year are using the services of New York abortion facilities. As New Yorkers, we can all agree that the government should at least ensure these clinics are safe and clean. With reviews such as “filthy,” “avoid at all costs,” and “worst experience ever,” it is clear our officials have fallen short. Let’s all support a clinic inspection bill for the sake of all the women we care about.
For more information, please visit www.nyc41percent.com.
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Ifeoma Anunkor is a recent graduate of Columbia Law School and lives in New York City.