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Issue: "Babies are back," Jan. 29, 2011

Much needs to be done throughout the United States, particularly in those states and cities that remain abortion havens. One set of statistics released early this month shows the problem: The New York City Health Department reported that four out of every 10 pregnancies in the Big Apple ended in abortion in 2009: some 87,273 abortions and 126,774 live births.

Overall, New York City's abortion rate is more than twice the national average of 19 percent. On the eve of Black History Month, the report showed the damage to be greatest among African-Americans: 60 percent of pregnancies among them led to abortion. The toll among other demographic groups was also large: 41 percent for Hispanics, 22 percent for Asian-Americans, and 20 percent for white women.

The New York City Council, faced with this reality, has busied itself with a bill restricting the advertising of pro-life pregnancy centers, but pro-life activists from across the country are fighting back. At a Jan. 10 rally in New York City, pro-life leaders from Texas, California, and Georgia addressed a raucous crowd about the dangers of the bill and about the growing "third wave" of the pro-life movement-African-Americans. Seven African-American leaders spoke to the crowd, including Alveda King, niece of civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Catherine Davis-leader of Operation Outrage, a campaign to educate African-Americans about abortion-said the room contained more black people than any pro-life meeting she'd seen in years. She urged her fellow African-Americans to "ratchet up the fight," speaking of her time growing up in the projects and having to fight every day.

"I have never in my life fought like a girl," Davis said as she mimicked a girl flailing her arms with her eyes closed. "When I threw a punch, I threw a punch to take you down. I am inviting you today to throw the knockout punch to abortion."

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