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December 2, 2014

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 June 3, 2009 / 11 Sivan 5769

Mr. President, here is common ground on abortion!

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama has reneged on an increasing number of his pledges on taking office — from guaranteeing a transparent, accountable administration to ending CIA "renditions" of suspects to foreign nations known for torture. Now, however, he has a golden chance to fulfill his often-repeated goal of achieving a "common ground" in the abortion wars.


Two pro-life Democrats — Congressman Lincoln Davis of Tennessee and Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania — have introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act (HR 2035 in the House, S 2407 in the Senate). As Davis says, "It's not about pro-life or pro-choice." It's about "what we can do to bring a reduction to abortions."


To begin, as the Associated Press reported (March 25): "For many Americans, the recession is affecting the most intimate decisions about family planning…Planned Parenthood of Illinois clinics performed an all-time high number of abortions in January, many of them motivated by the women's economic worries."


Before this year, Davis has emphasized: "Of the 1.29 million abortions performed annually, 73 percent of women seeking abortions list economic factors as contributing to the decision to have an abortion."


Accordingly, as Davis reports (Johnson City Press, Feb. 19), the Pregnant Women Support Act would "Repeal the sunset on adoption tax credits and make them permanent … fully Fund Federal WIC Program. Special Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) … and increase funding for domestic violence programs" (the latter violence against women often spurring abortions).


This literally life-saving legislation, in vital need of support from the president, would also end the denial to pregnant women of health care from insurance companies because of "pre-existing conditions."


Says Lincoln Davis: "A child is not a cancer. A child is not a heart attack. It's not diabetes. A child is a human being and is not a disease."


Like Davis, Bob Casey, an Obama campaign supporter, has reintroduced the Pregnant Women Support Act in the current Senate in the belief that "we can transform this debate by focusing on issues that united us, not the issues that divide us."


His list of what the bill actually contains is too long for the space I have, but here are sections that provide a crucial challenge to both pro-lifers and pro-choicers to focus their passions on real-life, real-time common ground.


The Pregnant Women Support Act, Casey notes, "creates a new pilot program for 'Life Support Centers' to offer comprehensive and supportive services for pregnant women, mothers and children.


"Establishes a national toll-free number and public awareness campaign to offer women support and knowledge about options and resources available to them when they face an unplanned pregnancy."


And listen to this, Mr. President: "Establish nurse home visitation for pregnant and first time mothers as an eligible benefit under Medicaid and SCHIP. One example of this is the Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based program and national model in which nurses mentor young first-time and primarily low-income mothers, establishing a supportive relationship with both mother and child.


"Studies have shown this program to be both cost effective and hugely successful in terms of life outcomes for both mothers and children."


Two additional parts of the Pregnant Women Support Act address mounting concerns. It will "assist pregnant and parenting teens to finish high school and prepare for college or vocational training" — and will "help pregnant college students stay in school, offering them counseling as well as assistance with continuing their education, parenting support and classes, and child care assistance."


Last year, during a crescendo in the abortion wars, Davis said (The Tennessean, Sept. 12, 2008): "People get angry and they scream and shout…and nothing gets done for the people we all say we care about. If we can pass this bill and get it implemented across the country, I believe we can dramatically reduce the number of abortions."


That same newspaper story told of 28-year-old Michelle Smith working two jobs while a full-time student at Volunteer State Community College, and deciding to have an abortion for economic reasons. But, at a Nashville Agency, Hope Clinic, for young women confronting unplanned abortions, she was given a pregnancy test and a sonogram. "Once I saw my daughter's face," Michelle Smith said, "I knew I didn't want to have an abortion." (Note: The Pregnant Women Support Act would "give women free sonogram examinations by providing grants for the purchase of ultrasound equipment.")


As of this writing, Obama has given no indication that he will back the Pregnant Women Support Act. If you really believe in reducing pregnancies, stiffen your back, Mr. President.


Now a parent of a lively 2-year-old, Michelle Smith says: "She never ceases to amaze me." That happens to me every time I see my newest grandchild, 4-year-old Ruby Hentoff.

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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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