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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 1, 2011 / 30 Tamuz, 5771

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes, the yelling stops long enough to remember that there are real people involved in abortions.

And not just the youngest one, who doesn't get a say in the decision.

I read the other day a piece about the "safe and successful" telemedicine abortions, getting "high grades" in Iowa. That's an abortion where a doctor doesn't even have to be present. The clinical efficiency with which the story was written was jarringly chilling.

Clinical efficiency, of course, being the goal of the deed. Which was just one among many reasons to be delighted about a new law in Louisiana: the Signs of Hope Act. It brings a little humanity to the debate and the reality of legal abortion in America (38 years later and counting).

Written in the reality, too, that abortion isn't a rewind button, what has happened and will be done will have impact.

With Louisiana's Signs of Hope Act, women can't get an abortion without a gentle reminder about options. In other words: actual choice. Written in the reality, too, that for some women, who are being coerced in one way or another, a sign may be a real liberation for a woman. For all the use and abuse of the word in relation to the issue of abortion, here it is, codified, complete with a website.

The signs are straightforward enough. "Notice: Women's Rights and Pregnancy Resources" is the start off. It then descends into boldface and bullet points.


  • Point 1: "You can't be forced. It is unlawful for anyone to make you have an abortion against your will, even if you are a minor."

  • Point 2: "You and the father. The father of your child must provide support of the child, even if he has offered to pay for an abortion."

  • Point 3: "You and adoption. The law allows adoptive parents to pay costs of prenatal care, childbirth and newborn care."

  • Point 4: "You are not alone. Many agencies are willing to help you carry your child to term, and to assist after your child's birth."


The sign features a website address for abortion alternatives, which is easily accessible on a smartphone.

Originally referred to as the "Women's Right to Know" Signs law -- an amendment for current informed-consent-for-abortion laws that are in effect in about 30 states -- it took on the more inspirational language when a woman who counsels post-abortive women said that the "signs in abortion clinics would be 'signs of hope' to women who often feel hopeless and coerced due to a perceived lack of alternatives," New Orleanian and Bioethics Defense Fund counsel Dorinda Bordlee recalls. Bordlee, who drafted the legislation with fellow lawyer Nikolas Nikas, calls the Signs law "cutting-edge technology in the service of women and their unborn children" and a "love letter to women and their unborn children."

But are the Signs nothing but pro-life propaganda? Bordlee denies the charge. The Signs "educate and inform women of concrete resources that she can consider with her intellect," Bordlee says.

"The thousands of affidavits of post-abortive women gathered by the Operation Outcry outreach confirm that women are often vulnerable to abortion coercion or pressure based on the very fact that they are in an emotional state based on their perceived lack of available resources or options," she says. "These signs clear the fog with objective information."

Bordlee adds that, "As much as that may irritate the owners of abortion clinics, the simple fact is that ever since the 1992 decision in Casey v. Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that 'a State has legitimate interests from the outset of the pregnancy in protecting the health of the woman and the life of the fetus.' So, we have clearly established that the Signs of Hope Act is pro-life in a not-so-veiled manner."

Despite the fact that the Signs of Hope Bill, which will be implemented in the Pelican State in November and requires abortion-clinic websites to post a link to this alternatives website, may sway some women from not having abortions, it was a bipartisan vote for the bill. You can imagine some of the objectors (a Planned Parenthood rep called them "condescending" and "offensive"), but it's hard to argue with informed consent in a matter of life and death, even if nascent. Bordlee presents it as flowing from a "holistic feminism," a reintegration of "the best interests of women, children and families based on the understanding that we are at our best when we reach out to help one another."

She adds: "It never ceases to amaze me when abortion advocates take the patronizing attitude that we should hide information from women because of their fragile emotional state. Women are strong and intelligent. Each of us deserves the dignity of full information."

In that spirit, Bordlee and the BDF hope to use the Cajun model as a nationwide effort, helping pro-life groups with similar legislation. If a state's government won't bite, she won't be discouraged: "Even if a state does not have a Signs of Hope law, individuals who counsel in front of clinics and elsewhere can just as easily have postcards or flyers to hand to women so they can access the information on their smartphones."

It's an alternative, too, to much of the sound bites and rallies, complete with familiar rhetoric that people, especially those desperate for help, might simply tune out. It's a sign that a revolution of love may just be what the doctor ordered.

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