In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 14, 2013/ 3 Shevat, 5773

A plan for planned parenthood

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When did "women's health" become reduced to just contraception and abortion? So much so, that all knees bend at the altar of Planned Parenthood, which works hard to ensure that this remains the case.

Karen Handel most recently made this point to me, and she's well-suited to do so. This past year, she was at the center of a firestorm over Susan G. Komen for the Cure cutting its ties with Planned Parenthood as part of a grant overhaul. (The former Komen executive has since authored a book, "Planned Bullyhood," whose title well captures what happened.) Komen's singular purpose is to find a cure for breast cancer. Period. Or it was, until Planned Parenthood incited a public firestorm, essentially shaming Komen into rescinding its rejection of the controversial organization.

A bill to defund Planned Parenthood has just been filed in the House of Representatives. Similar legislation is filed every year, but this year's is a little different.

Consider its sponsor, for one thing. Rep. Diane Black is a nurse from Tennessee with extensive experience in, and a deep concern for, health care. Black stresses that "dollars are not being taken away from good family planning services" if the bill were to become law. Women's health, including contraceptive drugs, would not be under assault. Money would still be made available -- but to groups whose lifeblood isn't abortion.

Last year, Planned Parenthood received $542 million in taxpayer support and performed 333,964 abortions. Dissension in the ranks has been an underreported story. Planned Parenthood of South Central New York announced late last year that it was separating from the national organization due to a requirement that all affiliates perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood's increased focus on abortion comes at a time when its other health services are dwindling. According to an analysis by the Susan B. Anthony List based on Planned Parenthood's most recent annual report, the group's cancer screening and prevention services have dropped 29 percent since 2009, with even contraception services decreasing 12 percent.

"Even people who are pro-abortion can agree that we shouldn't be using taxpayer dollars" to fund the country's largest abortion provider, Black insists. But it's tough to get the word out, especially with Planned Parenthood flexing its enormous P.R. muscles to quash dissent.

The common ground we stand on is that we actually do care about women's health, and most of us are not "pro-abortion." A Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus in December found eight in 10 Americans favoring significant restrictions on abortion. There's a reason Planned Parenthood doesn't use the word a lot in its public literature.

Former Komen exec Handel suggests some serious congressional oversight is in order. Too bad the White House is in the pocket of Planned Parenthood, because an administration that has made anti-bullying a cause, headed by a president who talked a lot about "transparency" when he was in the Senate, could be quite the natural leader here. Instead, a congressional hearing -- not exactly a firing squad -- would likely be characterized as an attack on a bastion of women's health. But isn't it long past time? Isn't our financial situation miserable enough? Aren't we alarmed at statistics such as 41 percent of pregnancies in New York City ending in abortion?

We've been lousy stewards of taxpayer money, of life, of liberty -- just ask the small businessmen fighting the government's abortion-coverage insurance mandate; consider the religious schools and hospitals and other religiously affiliated services whose futures are uncertain because of the regulation, crafted by the same radical crowd that vilified Komen.

We need to face facts. And an honest look at Planned Parenthood -- what it is and what it's doing -- shouldn't be a fundraising action item for political factions but a moral responsibility. The organization has shaped our public debates about women and children for much longer than the life of Roe v. Wade. That's not healthy. Informed citizens who want something better for our money and civic life should be insisting on it.

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