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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Sept. 17, 2008 / 17 Elul 5768

Abortion wars crescendo

By Nat Hentoff

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey is a pro-lifer and a loyal Democrat. He assures us that Barack Obama — his caring, charismatic leader — will find "common ground" on abortion in the fiercely fought closing weeks of the presidential campaign. But both parties' platforms and their troops on the ground will need Obama to be a magician to create that calming ceasefire.

Anita Dunn, senior adviser to the Obama campaign, tells the New York Sun (Aug. 29): "Senator McCain has a more radical anti-choice position than even George W. Bush, and we're going to make sure that voters across the country understand that."

Stripped out of the Democratic Party platform is an assurance we used to hear from President Clinton that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare." However, in an attempt to reach pro-life Democrats, the platform also includes: "The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care ... and caring adoption programs."

But, in stronger language than previous Democratic platforms, Obama's party "strongly and unequivocally" supports Roe v. Wade and pledges to oppose any efforts to "weaken or undermine it."

Moreover, Obama is a co-sponsor of the "Freedom of Choice Act" that, contrary to a Supreme Court's decision, will make partial-birth abortion (a prelude to instant infanticide) legal again. Obama and his party are also against the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayers' dollars to pay for abortions.

So, while the Democratic Party platform graciously permits a woman to carry a child to term, it strictly removes any and all impediments to abortion. Indeed, its standard-bearer, while in the Illinois state legislature, voted to block a bill requiring the doctor performing an abortion to notify at least one parent before proceeding on a girl of minor age from another state.

On the equally uncompromising Republican side of this war, its platform affirms that "the unborn child has a fundamental right to life that cannot be infringed." It goes further, bringing back a pledge to add "a human life amendment to the Constitution" — and the platform supports legislation to make the 14th Amendment's "equal protection of the laws" apply to unborn children. (Conceivably, that amendment would also apply to a baby born alive after a botched abortion, although Obama has repeatedly rejected protections for those children.)

John McCain, while heralding a strong pro-life voting record, does, however, make exceptions for abortions in cases of rape, incest and saving the life of the mother. Sarah Palin does not except rape and incest. McCain has even pledged that, in nominating justices for the Supreme Court, their views on abortion would not be "a litmus test" for his decisions to propose them.

In the past, McCain urged that those three exceptions to abortion be included in the party platform, but he didn't when he spoke in St. Paul. McCain told Glamour magazine on July 30 that he "had not gotten into the platform discussions." (Reported by Katharine Seelye in the Aug. 1 New York Times.)

Indeed, Phil Burress, head of Citizens for Community Values in Ohio, one of six Christian conservative organizers in that state who met with McCain in June — says (New York Times, Sept. 3):

"'For me this election is primarily about the next Supreme Court appointments,'" Burress said, and McCain "won him over," the Times reported. "'John McCain, unlike most politicians, will not be bullied, threatened, paid off or pressured into changing his position'" concerning Supreme Court appointments.

But has McCain now changed his position on no "litmus test" for Supreme Court nominees?

Clearly, the generals on both sides of the abortion wars during this presidential campaign will stand firm. And Palin is unshakably pro-life, while Sen. Joe Biden has (The Nation, Nov. 26, 2007) "100 percent ratings from Planned Parenthood."

And, of course, Planned Parenthood is ardently supporting Obama. An Aug. 25 editorial, "Planned Parenthood targets blacks," in the Washington Times notes that one-third of all abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in 2007 were on blacks, and a majority of Planned Parenthood's clinics are in minority neighborhoods."

Since I am pro-life, I have often quoted a previous black candidate for the presidency, who, before he decided to run for that office, said: "Don't let the pro-choicers convince you that a fetus isn't a human being. That's how the whites dehumanized us. ... The first step was to distort the image of us as human beings in order to justify that which they wanted to do and not even feel like they had done anything wrong."

That powerful preacher was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who later became pro-choice. He supports Obama. Opposing Obama is conservative black Los Angeles minister, the Rev. Jesse Peterson. Protesting outside a Planned Parenthood office in April, he told the crowd: "Before you go to bed tonight, more than 1,500 babies will be killed in a black woman's womb."

No matter who is elected president, this war will not cease.

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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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