NEW YORK CITY, November 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York City has been called “the abortion capital of the world.” The city has some of the laxest restrictions and the highest abortion rate in the country, with 41 percent of its pregnancies ending in elective termination. According to New York Magazine, 10 percent of all U.S. abortions happen in the state of New York, and seven out of ten abortions in the state take place in New York City.
But those statistics aren’t high enough for newly elected Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who claims the city is “underserved” by its dozens of abortion centers, and for whom increased access to abortion was a key part of his campaign platform.
De Blasio, who was elected Tuesday with 73 percent of the vote, has promised to partner with Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to help them expand their business in the city. He says he plans to help abortionists find neighborhoods that lack convenient clinic access and provide them with “city sponsored” space to set up shop.
Additionally, de Blasio has pledged to help abortionists wipe out their main competition – pro-life crisis pregnancy centers – that offer women financial and logistical help to either keep the babies they would otherwise be unable to afford, or place unwanted children with adoptive families.
De Blasio calls crisis pregnancy centers “sham” clinics. In his view, their refusal to perform abortions means they do not offer “legitimate health care.” He has pledged to continue the city’s appeal of a court order striking down a law aimed at closing down such centers.
In the event the court appeal fails, de Blasio says, he stands ready to “craft new regulations to prevent [crisis pregnancy] centers from masquerading as legitimate health care providers.”
To ensure there are enough abortionists to meet the city’s high demand, and fuel further expansion, de Blasio says he will continue to force doctors who train in city hospitals to perform abortions as a routine part of their training, a NARAL-backed program that started under outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, and which de Blasio called “groundbreaking.”
Another key part of de Blasio’s plan to build up the abortion industry in his city is to make sure women can pay for the procedure. To that end, he has promised to use ObamaCare to expand state-funded abortion coverage to more New York City women.
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De Blasio, a self-described “democratic socialist,” has taken some flak for illegal or otherwise unseemly trips he took during the height of the Cold War. As a student, he traveled to the Soviet Union, and he and his wife violated the travel ban to take their honeymoon in Cuba.
Most notably, he spent much of his early adulthood traveling back and forth to Nicaragua, where he supplied the Communist Sandinistas – whom he called “really inspirational” – and their allies with funds and food while working with the Quixote Center, a Maryland-based leftist Catholic group that once referred to American foreign policy opposing the Communist leadership in Nicaragua as “spreading terrorism.”
Although New York City is heavily Democratic, de Blasio’s election breaks a 20-year losing streak for the party in the mayoral race. He defeated Joe Lhota, a onetime adviser to former mayor Rudy Giulani who ran as a socially liberal, fiscally moderate Republican, and who also supports legalized abortion and gay “marriage.”