Beauprez Apologizes After Shooting From Lip

Statistic Used During Interview Wasn't Accurate

Rep. Bob Beauprez is apologizing for saying that 70 percent of pregnancies among black women end in abortion.

"I've seen numbers as high as 70 percent -- maybe even more -- in the African-American community that I think is just appalling," Beauprez said in an interview broadcast Monday on public radio's "Colorado Matters" program.

"This is evidence of the supreme irresponsibility of the man," said the Rev. Reginald Holmes, pastor of New Covenant Christian Church in Denver and former head of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance. "He's a complete irresponsible buffoon."

Beauprez said he should have checked the statistic before using it in a radio interview.

"I was wrong about the statistic I quoted in a recent interview with Colorado Public Radio, and I apologize to the African-American community and anyone else who was offended," Beauprez said. "I should have verified the statistic before repeating it."

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortions, 43 percent of pregnancies among black women ended in abortion in 2002, compared with 18 percent among white women.

In Colorado, 92,770 of the 967,566 women of reproductive age became pregnant in 2000, according to the institute. Seventy-one percent of those pregnancies resulted in live births and 14 percent in induced abortions, The Denver Post reported.