Abortion ratios give the proportion of pregnancies that end in an abortion. They are usually expressed as the number of abortions per 1,000 known pregnancies. Known pregnancies are live births, still births, and abortions combined. Abortion ratios do not give an indication of the likelihood of getting pregnant.
Abortion ratios are not the same as abortion rates. Abortion rates measure how many abortions a group of women are likely to have in a given period.
This myth is busted.
Abortion ratios for the Asian ethnic group were:
2003 – 397
2004 – 354
2005 – 341.
In comparison, abortion ratios for New Zealand as a whole were:
2003 – 248
2004 – 239
2005 – 233.
How did this myth arise?
Statistics New Zealand produces annual abortion statistics on behalf of the Abortion Supervisory Committee. Part 7 of Demographic Trends: 2004 states that "There are also significant differences in the abortion ratio between ethnic groups when analysed by age. In 2003, 4 in 5 (81 percent) pregnant Asian teenagers (aged under 20 years) aborted their pregnancy." It appears that this myth has arisen from a copy and paste that left out a very important descriptor: it relates to teenagers.
Teenagers have the highest abortion ratios. In 2005, New Zealand's teenage abortion ratio was 478 abortions per 1,000 known pregnancies. For specific groups of ethnicities, teenage abortions ratios in 2005…