A Michigan pro-life organization is trying to solve an increasing abortion problem in the state's most populous city.
The abortion rate in Michigan has been dropping since 1987. But Chris Gast, director of communication and education for Right to Life of Michigan, says the decrease hasn't been reflected in Detroit – even as the city's population has dropped.
"Abortions continue to be more and more and more of a problem there, actually. Everywhere else in the state we are seeing abortion going down," Gast tells OneNewsNow. "[So] what we're doing is working – but that's not the case for the city [of Detroit]."
Statistics nationwide indicate that abortion has a disparate impact on minorities, particularly the black community. Michigan's black population statewide is 14 percent, but Detroit's black population is 82 percent. Just over half of the reported abortions in Michigan last year were performed on black women.
"There are about 6,000 abortions a year in the city of Detroit," Gast explains, "and there are [roughly] 26,000 throughout the entire state. So the city that has less than ten percent of our state's population is accounting for [about] a quarter of our abortions."
Pro-life groups, for the most part, are financed by donations and operated by volunteers, making it difficult sometimes to get the word out. In hopes of putting a dent in Detroit's high abortion rate, Right to Life of Michigan has provided grants to several pro-life groups in that area for advertising, publishing Spanish educational materials, covering clients' transportation costs, and improving facility safety.