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Columnist raps efforts to curtail pregnancy-resource centers

Catholic World News - January 18, 2011

Picking up on the message that New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other Christian leaders sounded at a press conference last week, Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn questions how the city’s residents can be comfortable with an abortion rate of over 40%.

McGurn notes that the abortion rate among Hispanics is twice as high as among whites, and there is even more compelling evidence of a racial problem: “For every every 1,000 African-American live births in New York, there were 1,489 abortions.”

At the same time these statistics come to light, McGurn observes, abortion advocates in New York are seeking legislative action to curb the work of crisis-pregnancy centers. McGurn asks how such restrictions can be justified:

In the end, a woman who wants an abortion can still walk out and get one, as many do. A woman who doesn't necessarily want an abortion, however, can find all kinds of help: a place to live if her family or boyfriend has kicked her out; training for mother care; and, not least, the friendly face of a caring volunteer.

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