Tuesday, December 31, 2002

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thank you kindly for reading my blog this year. I've learned a lot from your comments and e-mails. And I especially want to thank pro-choice readers for visiting and offering your polite comments. It takes an open mind to read what "the other side" writes, and some brass to engage in discussion with people who disagree with you on abortion. I salute you.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy year. And it seems appropriate to write, "l'chaim."

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Unintended consequence number 37: catastrophic depopulation

Check out one Russian region's innovative incentive program to reverse the effects of the world's second highest abortion rate. Note that the Telegraph article doesn't offer a word about depopulation's cause. Shocking.

Monday, December 23, 2002

The Reform Jewish movement tells me no one can speak for all Reform Jews, but goes on to do just that.

From RJ's web site:

WHAT DO REFORM JEWS BELIEVE? WHAT DO REFORM JEWS DO? If anyone were to attempt to answer these two questions authoritatively for all Reform Jews, that person's answers would have to be false. Why? Because one of the guiding principles of Reform Judaism is the autonomy of the individual. A Reform Jew has the right to decide whether to subscribe to this particular belief or to that particular practice.

But then what's this?

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Women of Reform Judaism have a long history of advocacy supporting a woman’s right to choose.

UAHC tells MCs and other politicians that Reform Jews support abortion. But many don't. And the statement above tells me that no one can claim to speak for all Reform Jews. You can't have it both ways, UAHC. Either you speak authoritatively for all Reform Jews, or you call yourself what you are: a faction, albeit a majority faction, of the Reform movement. Suggestion: "Pro-Abortion Reform Jewish Alliance (PARJA)." You'll have a much better chance of keeping Jews like me in the fold if you're honest.

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Random thought of the weekend: Nine justices gave the power of G-d to women.

Since Roe, women have had the legal power to decide who lives and dies; or if you believe the unborn child isn't alive, the legal power to decide who will live, and who will not. Men have no legal power whatsoever to decide who lives and dies, or who will live and who won't.

That should strike every person of conscience as an ugly affront to equality of the sexes. It should offend every religious person, including my fellow Jews, as a blasphemous usurpation of divine power by humans.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

In good company: our own

Our country has been quite alone in its pro-life position at the Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok. The liberal "elite" will read this as an indicator of the Bush Administration's moral backwardness. I read it as evidence that President Bush keeps lit the light on the hill. And I thank G-d that Mr. Bush is a leader, not a follower.

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

A lose-lose enterprise: murdering the defenseless to help the sick

From today's WSJ:

Fetal-tissue infusions failed to help patients with Parkinson's disease and in fact produced negative side effects, a study found in a blow to the nascent [interesting word choice] therapy. An earlier study wasn't conclusive.

Monday, December 02, 2002

A good day at work

Every now and then something wonderful happens at work. Today was one of those occasions.

Here's what happened: One of the projects I work on involves exposure to violence among very young children (the grant defines "very young" as "0-6"). That zero has never sat well with me. Well, today one of the social workers who responds to scenes of domestic violence at the request of the police returned a form with "unborn" entered in the age data field for the child exposed to violence. I thought, 'how wonderful.'

Our data analyst asked me about it b/c she didn't know how to handle it. "Treat it like any other case," I told her, "like any other case!"