Michael Brown

What would motivate someone to oppose crisis pregnancy centers? And why would he declare war on clinics devoted to preserving life and providing help to women to bring new life into the world? How much radical feminism must he embrace – and much more – to stake out this position?

Why not declare war on Kermit Gosnell-type abortion clinics? Surely, in the abortion capital of America, there must be many safety violations – aside, of course, from the guaranteed threat to the safety of the baby in the womb. Where is the mayor’s concern about this?

Instead, Red Alert Politics opined that for de Blasio, “solidifying the city’s reputation for lax abortion regulations is top priority.”

Mr. de Blasio’s actions have been considered so outrageous – even for a mayor of New York City – that he inspired headlines like this: “Mad Marxist Butcher Bill de Blasio Vows To Close NYC Crisis Pregnancy Centers.”

And then there was this headline, posted January 3rd, in the Daily Caller, “‘Horses count; babies don’t’ in de Blasio’s New York City.”

The mayor stated, “We are going to get rid of horse carriages, period,” he said at a news conference Monday [December 30th], according to CNN. He added that he believes the tourist attraction — popular since 1858 — is inhumane and dangerous.”

Yes, horse carriages are inhumane and dangerous, but abortion clinics are not.

Although I have no statistics on the horse carriage industry in Manhattan, my family and I have enjoyed them a number of times over the years, and, with my wife and our two daughters being horse lovers, I was never made aware of any abusive treatment of the horses, nor do I recall reading about a large number of injuries or fatalities because of crashes with these horse carriages.

In contrast, one can only begin to imagine how many women have been emotionally or physically scarred for life after having abortions in one of the city many clinics (God alone knows their reasons for the abortions and I’m not claiming that they made easy choices; in many cases, they are victims as well), not to mention how many botched abortions there have been, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of successful abortions.

But horse carriages are inhumane and dangerous?

And in the midst of this madness there is a place in the city where preborn babies are cherished, where women are encouraged to recognize the miracle of life in their wombs and the preciousness of that little girl or boy in its early formative stages, and where standing up for the unborn (as opposed to killing the unborn) is anything but big business.

Yet it against these beacons of light that Mayor de Blasio has declared war. What an outrage and what a shame.


Michael Brown

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, including

Can You Be Gay and Christian?

, and he hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.