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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 July 27, 2009 /6 Menachem-Av 5769

Human life much more than a distraction

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Don't underestimate the power of President Barack Obama. This White House administration marks an age of transformation — Obama said so himself. And let's face it, D.C. is certainly changing.


"The day I'm inaugurated, the country looks at itself differently. And don't underestimate that power. Don't underestimate that transformation," then-senator Barack Obama told the National Urban League two years ago. He was talking about the historic fact that he would be the first black president of the United States, a fact greeted by bipartisan applause.


But the transformation did not stop there. And transformation isn't a good in itself. During the presidential campaign, Obama — who once defended infanticide on the floor of the Illinois statehouse — played moderate and told evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren that abortion was above his pay grade.


But Obama is now pushing a healthcare plan that in its various congressional iterations could "result in the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade," according to the National Right to Life Committee.


This plan, and the president's record, which errs on the side of death when it comes to international abortion funding and embryo-destroying stem-cell research, aren't the only signs of a deadly change in Washington. A shameful acceptance of abortion as a fact of life is creeping into mainstream establishment culture.


Talking about abortions and Medicaid funding in a New York Times Magazine interview earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg candidly shared: "Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of."


Her comments should have been jarring to the interviewer. There are populations we don't want to have too many of? Abortion was meant to address this desire? This didn't just warrant a follow-up that didn't happen, it should have been a front-page story, too. Ginsburg's comments are consistent with comments made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this year. Upon acceptance of an award from Planned Parenthood, Clinton declared: "The 20th century reproductive-rights movement, really embodied in the life and leadership of Margaret Sanger, was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race."


In a 1921 article, Sanger explained: "The most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective." When Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Nebraska, subsequently pressed Clinton on her expressed "awe" of Sanger, Clinton compared the unapologetic eugenicist to Thomas Jefferson. The roots of the modern-day "pro-choice" movement are real and can be seen without too much effort, but are not often discussed. It may be the hubris that comes with being the majority party in Washington that accounts for such prominent officials letting their eugenic slips show.


And it's not just a women's issue. But it is often the Gray Lady's — the New York Times. One week after the Supreme revelation, the same Sunday insert published a piece by Princeton University professor Peter Singer, an unapologetic defender of infanticide, in defense of rationing health care. The ties that bind on the left, right out in the open. With all this going on, it's disturbing but not surprising that the president would dismiss questions about abortion and his healthcare plan. In an interview with Katie Couric that aired the night before his dud of a primetime healthcare press conference, Obama called such questions a "distraction," — the fate of human lives and dignity are but details to be hashed out and cast aside by politicians in a rush to socialize medicine.


His mistake was to be so dismissive just as it's becoming increasingly impossible to ignore the pro-choice movement's eugenic past. If you're pro-choice in America today you need to confront the roots of your ideology. Because it's not just the stuff of history.

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