Insights from Michael Benjamin

Even though I am in Rome, somebody sent me the attached article from former NYS Assemblymember Michael Benjamin, who joined us at the press conference on January 6 sponsored by the Chiaroscuro Foundation.  I am grateful to Mr. Benjamin for his thoughtful and honest insights.

Here is an excerpt:

You have to wonder some times about what provokes citywide outrage — and what doesn’t.

Last week, Schools Chancellor Cathie Black’s offhand joke about how birth control would resolve school overcrowding elicited a cascade of angry responses flooding news outlets, blogs and Twitter. Before the sun was high in the sky, the usual suspects stood in front of the microphones and sat in front of their keyboards denouncing Black (who has now apologized).

Earlier in the month, news of some truly horrifying health statistics vanished almost without a peep.

First, Archbishop Timothy Dolan and several clergy leaders held a news conference to decry the high abortion rate in New York City. The most recent data are for 2009 — when 41 percent of pregnancies ended in abortion. The Bronx had the highest rate, followed by Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.

You can read the full article here.

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