With 41 percent of pregnancies ending in abortions in New York City, it’s no wonder the place has been called the “abortion capital of America.” But for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, solidifying the city’s reputation for lax abortion regulations is top priority.
Elected last week in a landslide victory, de Blasio became the first Democrat to lead Gotham City since 1989. Besides promising to fight income inequality and constructing friendships with unions, de Blasio’s liberal vision for the city includes making New York City’s already derelict abortion regulations even softer.
“[De Blasio] will continue New York City’s appeal of a judge’s order overturning New York’s’ local law to regulate sham crisis pregnancy centers, and if the law is ultimately struck down, he will work to craft new regulations to prevent these centers from masquerading as legitimate healthcare providers,” de Blasio’s campaign website promised.
The “sham crisis pregnancy centers” de Blasio is referring to are crisis pregnancy centers which offer women a myriad of assistance and information on pregnancy without actually performing abortions. De Blasio has promised to stand behind a law that would place restrictive regulations on pregnancy centers in terms of advertising and force the centers to dissuade women from an alternative route to abortion.
The law, however, only relates to pregnancy crisis centers — not abortion clinics. Yet, de Blasio has also pledged to partner with Planned Parenthood’s “funding and reputation” by condemning the “right wing’s smear tactics.”
“As a City Council member, Bill de Blasio co-sponsored landmark legislation to establish protective zones around reproductive health centers, and prevent harassment of women using their services,” his campaign site states.
Besides creating a better environment for Planned Parenthood, de Blasio has also touted his willingness to continue with his predecessor’s program that required doctors training in city hospitals to perform abortions as part of their training. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “groundbreaking abortion training initiative” makes sure that there are enough abortionists to meet New York City’s high demand.
Already the city has decided that de Blasio will be the “mayor of fairness” as he replaces Bloomberg’s stringent policies. As he clearly forges ahead in the name of fairness, de Blasio avows that abortions can be more affordable to women.
“… Bill de Blasio will work to increase access to the state Family Planning Benefits Program as the city works to support implementation of the Affordable Care [A]ct,” the website says.
Multiple requests for comment from de Blasio were unanswered.