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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 August 6, 2007 / 22 Menachem-Av, 5767

Overturning Roe v. Wade ends the victimization

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Celebrated Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen recently mentioned a YouTube video about a question that falls into a common abortion trap. The filmmaker behind "Libertyville Abortion Demonstration" asks pro-lifers how much jail time women who seek abortions should receive if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned.


What people who ask this question fail to understand is what most abortion opponents actually want — to stop the additional victimization of women. They already are victimized by abortion. Women are often pressured into it by desperate circumstances and suffer in silence for years after their decision.


The question feeds into the misconception that the United States will descend into a state of vigilante abortions. This fantasy is complete with headlines trumpeting a new world of oppression as American women are carted off to jail in their most despondent hours.


In reality, the Supreme Court, if it overturned the landmark decision, would put the abortion decision in the hands of the people, where it should have been all along. Federalism will reign, as each state will decide for itself what to do. (The 1973 Supreme Court decision ruled that state bans on first- and second-trimester abortions were unconstitutional.)


If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there will be a barrage of questions, hashed out state by state: Exactly what type of abortion will be legal? Should there be an outright ban? Could women be hit with severe sentences for trying to get an abortion?


In pre-Roe New York State, as it happens, women who had abortions were considered, according to the letter of the law, criminals. (This was not the case in every state.) But in practice — in the interest of shutting down doctors who perform abortions — women would customarily get immunity from criminal prosecution if they testified against the abortionists. It was practical and it was compassionate.


History suggests that when tough anti-abortion laws exist, desperate women aren't rushed to the slammer. If you don't trust whack-job pro-lifers like me, look at the historical record. Abortion was illegal in the United States prior to the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling, and women weren't being rushed to jail in droves for seeking abortions. Women weren't prosecuted because the law generally wasn't after them to begin with.


According to "Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History" (Carolina Academic Press, 2006) by Joseph W. Dellapenna, and according to other historians, law enforcement took aim at the "do no harm" community — the doctors who performed abortions. And even then, "enforcement in the United States focused on the revocation of medical licenses" in the 1930s, with an uptick in prosecutions in the 1940s and 1950s.


As public opinion turns toward restrictions on abortion, abortion supporters hope they can scare Americans into opposing us crazy pro-lifers. The truth is, though, we're not all ideologues marching with pictures of babies killed in the land of Roe v. Wade. We know women who have had abortions. Some pro-lifers have had them. We know what happens to a woman, to a couple and to the child. What we don't want is further victimization.

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