Bill Donohue is quickly becoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s loudest naysayer.
The Catholic League president, who first ripped Mr. de Blasio for failing to include Catholic priests on his transition team, is now tweaking the liberal mayor-to-be for vowing to abolish horse-drawn carriages but not city “abortion facilities.”
“The new mayor is ready to jump start New York by seeking to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, but it is not certain whether he will put this issue ahead of his plans to expand the number of abortion centers,” the outspoken conservative said in a statement.
Mr. de Blasio said yesterday that horse-drawn carriages are “inhumane” and vowed to bar them from the city soon.
“We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period.” he told reporters. “There’s some moving parts to work out, but we are going to quickly, aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape of New York City. They’re not humane, they’re not appropriate for the year 2014. It’s over.”
Mr. Donohue seems to be referring to a concern Mr. de Blasio expressed during the campaign about the lack of abortion facilities in “underserved” areas. In one of the planks of his campaign platform, the mayor-elect promised to team “with non-profit providers to identify neighborhoods underserved by reproductive health services and work with them to identify space in city sponsored development.” Like the vast majority of Democrats in New York City, Mr. de Blasio is pro-choice and a supporter of reproductive health centers like Planned Parenthood.
Mr. Donohue sarcastically concluded by predicting Mr. de Blasio’s first year in office would go poorly. ”Horses count; babies don’t. Look for 2014 to be an epic year in the Big Apple,” he said.
Mr. de Blasio’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.