(NEW YORK SUN) — There’s no doubt that Senator Ted Cruz got decked by Donald Trump on the question of New York values. We ink-stained wretches in the press, ourselves included, had some fun with the contretemps, and in the debate Wednesday, The Donald cold-cocked him with the Twin Towers. Yet what about the gulf between New York’s reigning liberals and the rest of the country? The best thing for Cruz now would be to pick himself up and take the issue to New York itself.
We made this point during the 2012 election, when Rick Santorum was pressing his campaign against abortion. We suggested at the time that he rent Madison Square Garden and address the question right here in the abortion capital of America. Only the year before, a group of New York’s religious leaders, including Christians and Jews, called a press conference to raise awareness of the staggering abortion rate in the city.
Recent numbers then showed that 41% of pregnancies not ended by miscarriage were ended by abortion. In some minority communities, moreover, the abortion rate was as high as 60%. At the event, the Orthodox Jews, led by Rabbi Dovid Zweibel of the Agudath Israel of America, did not have the same theological views as the Christian leaders present, led by Timothy Cardinal Dolan. They all agreed on the human tragedy masked by the numbers.
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Mr. Cruz would be an ideal politician to bring this issue to New York. It’s not only that our own politicians are silent (the governor is mute; Mayors Bloomberg and de Blasio lack for interest). It’s not only that significant numbers of New Yorkers, albeit not a majority, disagree with Roe v. Wade. It’s also that Mr. Cruz rose to power as solicitor general of the very state whose prohibition on abortion was overturned in Roe. He’s got plenty of standing.