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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 March 23, 2006 / 23 Adar, 5766

Men seeking same imaginary rights as women

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Pro-life activists recently struck an ominous blow against the unlimited right to abortion in the United States.


No, I'm not speaking of the measure enacted by South Dakota lawmakers that flagrantly defies the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision and all but guarantees a high court showdown. More on this in a moment.


I'm speaking of the lawsuit filed in Michigan by the National Center for Men. The center styles itself as "the only organization in the world that has focused on all men's issues."


Among those issues: circumcision, which, according to the group's Web site, "represents an actual and symbolic assault on male sexuality"; life expectancy, which is about six years shorter for American men than it is for American women; and homelessness, which the group claims afflicts 10 times as many men as women.


You might get the impression that the National Center for Men is less about crusading for illusory men's rights than it is about provoking people into thinking about issues in different ways. You might be right.


The center has put a trademark imprint on its suit, calling it Roe vs. Wade for Men. It filed the suit on behalf of Matt Dubay, who claims the state of Michigan has violated his reproductive rights. He asserts a woman that he dated told him a medical condition made her incapable of becoming pregnant. She allegedly took the additional precaution during their courtship of using an oral contraceptive.


A few months after they broke up, the woman delivered a baby girl. A Michigan court ordered Dubay to begin paying $475 in monthly child support. Dubay and the National Center for Men object, claiming the court order violates the Constitution's equal protection clause.


Here's how the center defines the issue:


"More than three decades ago Roe vs. Wade gave women control of their reproductive lives but nothing in the law changed for men. Women can now have sexual intimacy without sacrificing reproductive choice. Women now have the freedom and security to enjoy lovemaking without the fear of forced procreation. Women now have control of their lives after an unplanned conception. But men are routinely forced to give up control, forced to be financially responsible for choices only women are permitted to make, forced to relinquish reproductive choice as the price of intimacy.


"We will ask that men be granted equal protection of the laws which safeguard the right of women to make family planning decisions after sex."


Nonsense, you say? Perhaps so. An invitation to male irresponsibility? Absolutely. But the amazing thing is that it took 33 years for someone to postulate imaginary male rights to complement an imaginary female right to abortion on demand at anytime for any reason. That's one absolutist extreme in the abortion debate. The South Dakota Legislature offered up the other extreme when it criminalized all abortion procedures that aren't necessary to save the life of the mother.


A recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll shows the narrow bases of support for these two extremes. Only 19 percent of respondents said abortion should be legal in all cases, while 16 percent said it should be illegal in all cases.


Thirty-two percent said it should be legal in most cases, while 27 percent said it should be illegal in most cases.


You can parse those numbers in several manners, but the most meaningful interpretation is this: A strong majority of Americans, 59 percent, is pro-choice with limitations. Or put another way, a strong majority of Americans is pro-life with exceptions.


That's far less attention-grabbing news than the assertion of a male right to reproductive choice or the accusation that a Supreme Court led by John Roberts will somehow make abortion illegal. In the unlikely event the court did overturn Roe vs. Wade and strike down one absolutist precedent, it could not replace it with another absolutist precedent.


What the court would do in that unlikely circumstance is restore a legislative process it interrupted in 1973, a process that can't ignore the sentiments of a firm majority of the American people.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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