A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN NYC! More from the N.Y. Sun: We've been hearing for many years from pro-choice supporters that abortion should be made safe, legal, and rare. If that's the goal, we've clearly, abysmally failed, especially here in New York City, Rabbi Zwiebel said. More alarming still, say the religious leaders, are the abortion rates among certain groups. In 2009, far more African-American women had abortions (40,798) than births (27,405) for an abortion rate of 60%. Among non-Hispanic black teen-agers, there were 2,791 abortions for every 1,000 live births in 2009 - a 74% abortion rate. The leading cause of death among African Americans is abortion, and ... New York City has the highest abortion rates in the world, Reverend Faulkner said.