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At times it seems that some UN policy makers want the world to follow the US when it comes to abortion. This is what it would look like. Forty-one per cent of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion.  The grim statistic has activated new pro-life initiatives in the metropolis.

Last week, religious leaders called for a unified effort to lower the number of abortions in the city.  Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel of Agudath Israel of America challenged, “We’ve been hearing for many years from pro-choice supporters that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. If that’s the goal, we’ve clearly, abysmally failed, especially here in New York City.”

Archbishop Timothy Dolan urged that the public has “to do more than shiver over these chilling statistics.” The archbishop reaffirmed the pledge made by the late John Cardinal O’Connor, to find assistance in 2011 to any expecting mother in need of help.

The New York-based Chiaroscuro Foundation, headed by hedge-fund manager Sean Fieler, organized a press conference to raise the alarm about these statistics.  In answer to the plea from religious leaders to find new ways to reduce to the abortion rate, the Chiaroscuro Foundation pledged $1 million in 2011 to support women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, raise awareness of the high abortion rate and support abstinence education programs.

Greg Pfundstein, Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, stressed that while abortion is legal still the public “can’t pretend this isn’t a social and public health problem of massive proportions.”  Pfundstein points out that with abortion rates as high as NYC’s, “any medical risks associated with abortion could amount to a public-health crisis, as the disturbing rise in the rate of pre-term birth may already indicate.”

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