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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 August 2, 2005 / 27 Tammuz, 5765

Roberts elevates abortion debate

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Well before Senate Judiciary Committee hearings even begin on the nomination of John Roberts to sit on the Supreme Court, one thing is clear about his impact on abortion in America. And it has little to do with the president's nominee himself — at least with anything he has done in his professional life.

As the D.C. chattering class tries to latch on to any and all evidence they can find as to what John Roberts' position on abortion may be, his nomination has raised the profile of a group called Feminists for Life (FFL). And that's a healthy thing for everyone.

The Supreme Court nominee's wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, has served as a legal counsel to the group and as its executive vice president.

Debates over abortion — whether in the Senate or at your house tonight — are infamously impossible. When you're cautioned against not talking about religion or politics at the dinner table, your hosts probably mean abortion in particular, which, of course, fits in both categories — religion and politics — guaranteeing indigestion.

But rather than have the same old conversations, using the tried and often failed strategies, Feminists for Life starts at a point that jars you because it's so different than the usual.

Feminists for Life's mantra is "Women Deserve Better." Is pregnancy always ideal? Does it always come at the right time? In the right way? Of course not. But that doesn't mean that abortion is good — and they'll say that. It also doesn't mean that abortion is a woman's (or girl's) only option — and FFL will get the word out about alternatives to every scared or stressed parent they can.

These are FFL's messages. No aborted-fetus placards. No yelling. They go the cute T-shirt and caring counseling routes instead. They even have a bumper sticker that says "Peace Begins in the Womb." It gets your attention, in a thoughtful, clever kind of way.

These are no small things, especially when even liberal feminist Hillary Clinton has to concede — to the cringes of her base — that reducing abortions should be a goal. August's Glamour magazine reports on "the mysterious disappearance of young pro-choice women." It's not so mysterious. Glamour's piece concludes that the decrease in 20-somethings' support for abortion comes down to "young women don't know how good they have it." Last year's crass, rabid abortion-advocacy march on Washington aside, I'd rather like to think that gals can think for themselves and know enough about the world to realize that abortion isn't a great thing — and that there are other options. And I'd bet a lot of all our conversations — the real heart-to-hearts — reflect that. Feminists for Life is a group that will make a whole lot of sense to the people Hillary is hoping to reach (her voting record aside) — because Feminists for Life just makes sense.

The group has been around since 1972, and has gotten some press time here and there in large part thanks to the efforts on college campuses and in Washington from the group's energetic head Serrin Foster and its celebrity boosters (actresses Patricia Heaton and Margaret Colin). But until now, their message has been largely under the mainstream radar.

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When Heaton won her first "Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series" Emmy in 2000 for "Everybody Loves Raymond," she thanked her mother for "letting me out because life is really amazing." That's the kind of honest, happy enthusiasm FFL brings to the "pro-life" cause and the abortion debate in America. Just a genuine love for life and desire to get us all protecting it. One of Heaton's FFL sound bites is: "women who experience an unplanned pregnancy also deserve unplanned joy." FFL's attitude is that women — especially frightened, anxious women — deserve to know that. The ad I see most from Feminists for Life reads: "Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. Women deserve better than abortion." Every life involved in an abortion, including the baby, the mother and the father, is precious — and Feminists for Life is working toward a more complete conversation about abortion and its inhumanity.

In the summer of 2005 — the "Summer of Justice" some of us Bush supporters are hoping it will turn out to be — Feminists for Life is suddenly everywhere. Whether John Roberts is confirmed or ever rules on an abortion decision, he would have still made a positive impact on the abortion debate in America simply by his association with his wife.

While abortion-advocacy groups will spend the coming weeks trying to strike fear in the hearts of Americans over the prospect of a plausibly pro-life judge on the Supreme Court, the not-so-sidebar story is that Feminists for Life now has a higher profile — a calm and caring one — one that has real potential to resonate with Americans who have no interest in screaming about abortion.

Feminists for Life has the civil, compassionate alternative to dead-end debates. The Roberts family has already made history.

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