No Horse-Drawn Carriages in a City Missing Baby Carriages

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

This story about the new mayor of New York City putting an end to the inhumane, archaic horse-drawn carriages around Central Park does raise the question: Is abortion expansion so 2013? Because Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo both seem to be poised for just this. If we’re going to care so much about horses, how about confronting the abysmally high abortion rates in the Empire State and in de Blasio’s city in a particular shocking way, where blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be aborted than see the light of day in some parts?

Public opinion might even be on de Blasio’s side if he did something courageous here and pushed back against abortion-industry pressure not to follow in Andrew Cuomo’s enthusiastic push to expand abortion in New York. Having failed in 2013, how about something new for a change in 2014? Something that might just help women and children and families and support rather than end life?

I can’t help but think of the recent Mary Eberstadt/Charles Camosy/Matthew Scully effort to make connections between the pro-life movement and those concerned about animal rights. I know not all my friends here are keen on the attempts. But I think we can at least agree that if you care about cruelty to horses outside Central Park, let’s have a discussion about numbers like: for every 1,000 black babies born in New York in 2011, 1,448 were aborted. Without a stubborn adherence to Democratic client politics, we could actually get somewhere with New York being a leader in building a culture of life! 

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