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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Nov. 8, 2005 / 6 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

To abortion they will always be true

By Rich Lowry

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | At stake is the right to abortion — in China. And so the feminist left and Democrats in this country are mobilizing to oppose the nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Among Sauerbrey's sins is her support for the Bush administration's policy of denying U.S. dollars to the U.N. Population Fund because that organization is entangled with China's abortion-dependent one-child policy.

In recent years, foreign-policy analysts have noted that the left has seemed to lose interest in attempting to spread its ideals abroad. Not quite. If democracy promotion has lost its appeal for the left during the Bush years, it still fervently believes in abortion promotion.

It is not really accurate to say that "the right to abortion" is at stake in China. It really is "the right not to abort" that is controversial. This right is opposed by the Chinese government, the one-child policy of which has long had an element of coercion to it. Amnesty International's latest report on China noted, "Serious violations against women and girls continued to be reported as a result of the enforcement of the family-planning policy, including forced abortions and sterilizations."

This is the very opposite of the "right to choose" defended by people who shout, "Hands off our bodies." No controversy distills quite so clearly the fact that abortion-rights groups are functionally pro-abortion. "Safe, legal and rare" is the favorite sound bite for pro-choice politicians trying to sound reasonable.

But when it comes to China, many Democrats are satisfied with "safe, legal and forced."

Sauerbrey has earned the feminists' ire for a few other pro-life positions she has taken, even though the job for which she is nominated overwhelmingly has to do with the care of refugees. But abortion is the King Charles' head of the Democratic Party. Like the lunatic in Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield" who can't finish a manuscript because the severed head of King Charles I keeps popping into his mind, the Democrats can hardly finish a political thought without abortion intruding. The Supreme Court rules on important issues from affirmative action to the detention of enemy combatants, but for Democrats all of that is eclipsed by the court's role in protecting the nation from any restriction on abortion whatsoever.

It's abortion über alles. There is no value it doesn't trump. Liberals assail any hiring or workplace policies that have a "disparate impact" on blacks. Abortion disproportionately eliminates black babies — but liberals shrug. To their credit, Democrats are advocates for the disabled, but when abortion is used to systematically destroy handicapped children in the womb, they are unmoved. Feminists champion women's rights overseas, but when sex-selection abortions in China create a yawning 40 million deficit of girls, there is little outrage, and most of it is reserved for the pro-lifers who are too zealous about trying to do something about it.

Its morality aside, abortion absolutism is bad politics for the Democrats. It allows Republicans to advocate minor restrictions at the margin — a partial-birth abortion ban, for instance — that they know are popular, but Democrats will reflexively oppose. Shrewd GOP marketing, you say? Perhaps, but Democrats are happy to do it to themselves. They have focused their abortion-related opposition to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito around one of his decisions holding that a spousal-notification requirement was constitutional. Spousal notification enjoys the support of roughly 70 percent of the public, but that is the ground on which the feminist left wants to fight.

Even Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean realizes Democrats have hurt themselves on abortion. His solution is to refuse to call the Democratic Party "pro-choice." Democrats need not disavow that label, however, so long as they don't discredit it with an obsessive opposition to the slightest check on abortion anywhere in America or the world.

Alas, that seems beyond their powers of self-control. To abortion they will always be true.

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