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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 Sept. 10, 2008 / 10 Elul 5768

The Dems and abortion

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In June, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals declared constitutional an amendment to South Dakota's "Women's Right to Know Law" that now requires a woman wanting an abortion to be told that "the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being." Pro-lifers will surely try hard to get other states to recognize that the fetus is one of us. Planned Parenthood will surely appeal the decision.


This federal Circuit Court decision would have delighted the late Robert Casey, governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1994. I was privileged to know Casey. He was the very model of a public official devoted to protecting all human life before and after birth. He instituted school-based full-day child-care programs for infants and preschoolers, including for poor kids.


Casey also signed legislation that guaranteed health insurance for children whose families' incomes were too high for public assistance but nonetheless were insufficient to buy health insurance.


The governor's concern for women's health care included his requirement that HMOs pay for annual mammograms for women over age 40 and state funding of screening. The renowned Harvard University pediatrician, T. Berry Brazelton, called Casey's health care programs for women and children "a model for the rest of the country."


As for civil rights, under Casey's leadership, more women were appointed to his cabinet than by any other governor in the country. He appointed the first black woman to sit on a state supreme court; and state contracts to women and minority firms increased more than 1,500 percent. Yet, when he died, The New York Times and Washington Post called him a "conservative Democrat." Why? Because he was pro-life?


Casey once told me he had fully expected to be a speaker at the 1992 Democratic Convention that eventually nominated Bill Clinton. Actually, with his having accomplished what many Democratic governors have only promised, Casey thought he might well be invited to be the convention's keynote speaker.


The best Clinton's team of strategists would do for him was to allow him to attend. Casey was not permitted to speak as a heretically principled pro-lifer. Explained Ron Brown, chief convention organizer: "Your views are out of line with most Americans."


Despite the fact there were — and are — pro-life Democrats, Casey was not only gagged, but on stage at the Democratic convention was the prominent pro-choice Pennsylvania Republican Kathy Taylor, who had actively helped defeat the governor's progressive tax reforms.


To say that Casey was infuriated is an understatement. "What has become," he sad, "of the Democratic Party I once knew?" But he remained a Democrat because, he said, he did not trust the Republicans to do nearly enough for children in need after they were born. Later, at my invitation on behalf of the Village Voice, Casey spoke at Cooper Union in New York about his Democratic vision, and a large, clamorous crowd of self-described pro-choicers ultimately shouted him and me down. I wanted to call the cops, but he wouldn't agree.


At this year's Democratic convention in Denver, Casey's son, Sen. Robert Casey Jr., was a very welcome speaker, having vigorously campaigned with Sen. Barack Obama in Pennsylvania.


Bob Casey, as his constituents know him, began his nationally televised endorsement of Obama, "I speak to you tonight as Gov. Casey's son, and a proud supporter of Barack Obama." Did Bob Casey believe that everyone knows his father was humiliated at the 1992 Democratic Convention, and so that's why he omitted that fact in his speech? But for many, that elephant was in the room.


Continuing, Sen. Casey said of his time on the road with the Democratic presidential candidate in Pennsylvania, "Everywhere we went, people said, 'He's one of us.'" He didn't define "us."


Then the shoe dropped, sort of: "Now Barack Obama and I," Casey told the convention, "have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion. But the fact that I'm speaking here is testament to Barack's ability to show respect for the views of people who may disagree with him. I know Barack Obama. And I believe that as president, he'll pursue the common good by seeking common ground (on this issue) rather than trying to divide us."


I waited expectantly to hear how common ground would be found on the now widely known fact that while in a senator in the Illinois legislature, Obama voted several times against a bill with this language: "A live child born as a result of an abortion (a botched abortion) shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law."


Is Sen. Bob Casey going to tell us where and how he has found common ground with Obama on this death penalty to babies born alive? I reported on such a case when a nurse protested as she was ordered by the doctor to put one of those unexpected in a pail in an adjoining room, where it would be disposed of. The child was not considered "one of us."


During his speech at the Democratic convention, Bob Casey recalled: "A long time ago, my father, Gov. Casey, used to say this. He said the ultimate question for those in public office is this, a very simple question — what did you do when you had the power?" We know what Obama did in the Illinois legislature when he had the power to prevent the destruction of live-born babies. But Sen. Casey insists that, as president of the United States, Obama will bring us together on abortion by providing help to pregnant women. To be continued: On the Democratic presidential candidate and his party's plan to find that magical common ground.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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