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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Oct. 21, 2012/ 6 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Doctor flees sick Obama policy

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "The attack on the church is real," Dr. Michael Fernandez, an OB-GYN in Virginia, tells me. Fernandez, a Catholic, is yet another former Barack Obama voter who is changing his vote this time around.

"I feel that he has divided the country," the 22-year veteran of Arlington Hospital says. And this comes from a voter who was going to give the president a chance even after believing that Obama "lied to pro-life Democratic congressmen for votes to ram the health plan through without popular support." Fernandez still would have considered voting for the president in his reelection bid, he says, until "the HHS mandate and the attack on the church."

Reflecting on the 2008 election, Fernandez recalls: "He presented himself as a person who would unite the country after bitter partisanship for the previous 16 years. He would be post-partisan. I wanted an end to the suffering of people without accessible health care. I did not believe that his agenda was to force hospitals and doctors receiving government insurance reimbursement to provide abortion services." While Fernandez was realistic and "never thought [Obama] was the messiah," he was impressed with Obama's all-American story.

Fernandez ceased to be a Democrat when the Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services abortion-drug, sterilization and contraception mandate went into effect on Aug. 1. Fernandez, like all true pro-life Catholics, has an uncomfortable existence in the Democratic party. But he views the HHS mandate as an institutionalization of a secularization that goes a step too far, treating Catholicism and religion itself as enemies of basic human rights and health care.

"I believe a line was crossed," he says, referring to the White House rupture of a previous bipartisan consensus on conscience rights. "The respect for belief no longer matters. Mutual respect no longer matters. The opportunities for abuse are endless. When conscience goes, then society can be manipulated to believe that there is no moral authority. The moral authority becomes the latest fad, the politically expedient, and the will of the powerful."

And that is part of a trend in health care that disturbs Fernandez. "I bring life into the world. I am there when that child breathes for the first time. It is an honor and a responsibility. I can't do abortions; I can't prescribe abortifacients. That is causing a death. There is a distinct human with its own DNA, unlike any human before or any human after, inside that person," the doctor says.

"My concern is that if the HHS mandate holds, hospitals and physicians will have to take certifications -- online courses -- in abortion to maintain their licenses, and their medical-insurance memberships," Fernandez worries. "I won't take that course. I can lose my career if I don't accept the status quo. Conscience is not about what the majority or the powerful believe. It is that which allows each doctor to be true to oneself. I fear that euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide will not be far behind."

Even as he says this, Massachusetts faces a vote on assisted suicide, one that many are predicting will launch a domino effect if legalized, under the guise of "dignity."

In his practice, Fernandez is quick to note that he is "not a perfectly faithful Catholic physician." He prescribes birth-control pills and does some tubal ligations, he tells me, but his refusal to have anything to do with abortions, and abortion-drug prescription, is more than enough to make him stand out as "ultra-conservative" among his peers.

"The respect for a child that isn't perfect is disappearing. ... It will soon be a lot easier to end a pregnancy that is thought to be abnormal," Fernandez reflects. "I fear that with first-trimester screening, there will be not just societal but economic pressures to abort a child with Down syndrome, for example, with insurance companies casting aside the 'value of each life' for the 'utility of each life.' Babies with Down's and the elderly are at risk."

He sees a dire future if we don't stand athwart the mandate yelling "stop": "It takes moral thought and moral courage to fight against the tide. I worry that the rampant secularism of our time isn't giving our kids and young adults the tools to have moral courage."

Echoing a respect for Catholic charities that Mitt Romney demonstrated at the recent Al Smith fundraising dinner in New York, Fernandez hopes that Americans will not only wake up to the religious freedom issue in this election, but that we would all consider what "a country that no longer has faith, Catholic schools, Catholic churches and Catholic hospitals" might look like. "I want them to worry about the uninsured and the illegal that are cared for by Catholic Charities clinics. I would tell them that the Church that welcomed the Italians, the Irish and the Hispanics; that educated the poor and the minorities in the South; that marched for civil rights; and that opened the hospitals for the needy needs them now."

As Cardinal Timothy Dolan reminded those watching that same charity dinner, the HHS mandate strikes at the heart of religious freedom in an unprecedented way. And that's our first freedom, so this election is about freedom itself. Will we be good stewards, or will we go secular, hostile to a former "indispensible support" to our democracy? Will we become a different country, where all these worries on the heart and soul of one Virginia doctor are but the musings of one clinging to a dated definition of freedom? This is a time of choice. This doctor wants you to know about the pernicious pill we swallow if we do not carefully discern our vote.

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