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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 May 1, 2013/ 21 Iyar, 5773

Blame pro-choice lobby for Philly monster

By Christine M. Flowers

Christine M. Flowers


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) In "The Emperor's New Clothes," a preening monarch is hoodwinked into believing that he's just bought a magnificent outfit when all he's been sold is a bill of (dry) goods. Prancing around in what he thinks is cloth of gold, the emperor is complimented by his obsequious subjects. They all would have lived happily ever after had a young boy not pointed his finger and said "he's naked!"

I love that story for what it tells us about the human capacity for self-delusion. We often believe what our hearts suggest despite the clear and urgent message relayed by facts.

Philadelphia has been getting a powerful lesson in self-delusion these past five weeks, as Kermit Gosnell has gone on trial and shown us a disturbing aspect of the abortion industry.

Of course, the supporters of pro-choice and their ubiquitous friends in the media will deny that fact. They, like the emperor's tailor, hope that most of us are gullible enough to believe that Gosnell was an outlier who is as much the face of reproductive rights as Josef Mengele was the face of scientific research.

But their arguments, necessary and understandable from a pro-choice perspective, are weak and contradicted by the facts, which are far more substantial than those invisible imperial garments.

To hear the abortion advocates of Planned Parenthood, NOW and NARAL Pro Choice America, the only way to prevent more Gosnells is to preserve Roe v. Wade. This is exactly what they want us to believe, hoping we don't notice that Gosnell exists precisely because Roe created him. Harry Blackmun did Jesus one better. The son of God turned water into wine, while Mr. Justice conjured a right to intrauterine murder out of the right to use birth control.

But this is not a column about the legal legitimacy of what the late Arlen Specter once called, laughably, a "super precedent." This is about hypocrisy and fear, both of which have been exhibited by the advocates of choice in the two years since Gosnell was charged with numerous counts of murder.

Contrary to the frantic attempts of pro-choice advocates to make it seem as if they focused like a laser beam on this doctor and his criminal rampage, their silence has been deafening. While there were a few souls who accused Gosnell of heinous acts, most of them were desperate to distance the doctor from the reproductive-rights movement. As the predictably tone deaf Katha Pollitt wrote in The Nation, "Only women who felt they had no better alternative would have accepted such dangerous, degrading and frightening treatment."

With all due respect to Ms. Pollitt, that's hogwash. Gosnell has had a flourishing practice since 1979, six years post-Roe, and he was aided and abetted in his deeds by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its reluctance to probe too closely into his unorthodox practices. They obviously did this to avoid drawing the ire of the abortion industry and its most powerful lobby, Planned Parenthood. Roe is the law of the land, and despite legislative efforts to limit its scope, women still have a virtually unlimited right to dispose of their pregnancies as they dispose of their trash.

The ridiculous suggestion that more Gosnells would crop up if Roe were overturned is contradicted by the sad and sordid facts.

Even if there were some truth to that assertion, this does not justify the despicable manner in which the pro-choice advocates have operated during these past two years and, more specifically, during the past few weeks of trial.

Think, for a moment, of how much attention Michael Vick received when he brutalized pit bulls. Think, also, of the sentence he served in Leavenworth. While no one is excusing violence toward animals, what was done to those poor creatures pales in comparison to the acts committed against babies: crushed skulls, beheadings and severed limbs.

As one unusually honest pro-choice journalist named Megan McArdle noted last week, those on "her side" were reluctant to shed any light on the Gosnell case because, consciously or unconsciously, they wanted to prevent the public from associating reproductive rights with infanticide.

And so, the fairy tale continues. We in the pro-life camp are criticized for conflating Gosnell with abortion, even though our local Sweeney Todd is not an isolated case. Clinics in Alabama, New Mexico, Minnesota, Maryland, Colorado and Florida are being investigated for hazardous conditions and botched abortions.

The abortion industry is naked and bloody. It's time to start pointing the finger.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Comments by clicking here.

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Previously:



04/23/13: Of damnation, and staring back
04/15/13: Margaret Thatcher changed the world, and didnít have to be a feminist to do it
04/08/13: Taking great pleasure in the death penalty
04/01/13: An easy prediction --- bet on the unpredictable
03/26/13: 'The personal is political' is no reason to change
03/19/13: A word to the whines --- it was just some high jinks
03/11/13: The Great Race Debate, revisited
03/04/13: Marriage goes beyond love
02/19/13: 2 women, and what they're fighting for
02/04/13: Sadly, Scouting seems poised to give up the fight
01/15/13: Reflections from Gettysburg
01/02/13: The mentally ill vs. those who love them
12/27/12: Rapper learns he's just another guy on probation
12/20/12: Cold, hard truth about the killer
12/10/12: When a warm heart meets a cold manipulator
11/22/12: Some women don't know how good they have it


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