William McGurn begins his Wall Street Journal column today with a question: “Are babies better than abortions?” To be fair to abortion supporters, they will say the answer is context-dependent and therefore every woman should decide for herself. But then why do abortion advocates so strenuously oppose efforts (such as crisis pregnancy centers) that seek to persuade women to choose life rather than abortion? That’s the topic of McGurn’s column which examines political efforts to stifle CPCs and what “choice” means in a city like New York where 40% of women have abortions (the rate is highest among blacks and Hispanics, with a large majority of black babies aborted).

When you look at the New York statistics (and others like them) and the tactics of abortion advocates (to use the law to silence or obstruct the work of pro-lifers), one can be forgiven for believing they will answer that abortions are better than babies. Yet, as McGurn points out, even most pro-aborts seem happy when their friends and family members become pregnant. McGurn says, “ask yourself this: What kind of America might we have if all pregnant women — especially black and Hispanic women who are disproportionately aborting — could feel from society that same welcome and encouragement?” Why are abortion advocates and their political allies denying pregnant women, especially minorities, that same supportive, welcoming and encouraging environment that they offer their loved ones? No one is asking them to care for these women and their children, but what makes them stand in the way of having others provide such assistance?