- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 2, 2001

Leading lady
Turns out missile defense is a women's issue, too. But as usual, the feminists have it all wrong.
"The anti-missile-defense gals had their say at a program co-sponsored by Women in International Security (WIIS) and a coalition called 'Back from the Brink.' WIIS is a professional women's networking organization. Back from the Brink is a collection of anti-nuke groups such as the 'Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.'
"We've become accustomed to Orwellian diction from radical international feminists. For example, when they say 'reproductive rights,' they actually mean avoiding reproduction at all costs. But when Leftish feminists and friends talk about missile defense, they torture logic beyond comprehension.
" Fortunately, we also heard from a 'pro' National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. In contrast to the nonsense uttered by opponents of missile defense, every word from Condoleezza Rice makes eminent good sense. People who care what 'women' think about missile defense ought to listen to a woman who actually knows how to think."
Anita K. Blair and Kerry Doyle, writing on "Mad Feminist Disease," July 26 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Swift justice
"Justice moved with uncharacteristic swiftness to save an unborn child during a late-afternoon constitutional crisis last week at a Jacksonville hospital.
"Mother and child are doing fine, their doctor said. But both could have died July 20 if not for an obscure state law that allows prosecutors to intervene on behalf of minors and unborn children whose parents refuse needed medical treatment for them on religious or other grounds.
"State Attorney Harry Shorstein was in his office about 4:15 p.m. July 20, a Friday afternoon, when he got a call from lawyers for Memorial Hospital. 'They said, "We really think we've got an emergency here,"' Shorstein said.
"The lawyers told him that a woman had been in labor most of the day but there were complications. Her obstetrician, Neil Sager, said the baby needed to be delivered immediate by Caesarean section, but the mother was refusing on religious grounds. With time of the essence, Shorstein quickly researched the law, then contacted Chief Circuit Judge Donald Moran, who hastily convened a hearing.
"Moran swore in Sager by telephone, and the doctor testified the baby would die or suffer severe brain damage within a matter of minutes if not delivered. The mother could die or suffer serious injury, too.
"Moran quickly dictated an order authorizing Sager to save the child by any means necessary. When the child's father demanded to see the order, Moran dictated it to a court reporter and faxed it to Memorial.
"Sager performed the procedure, and the baby was born without further complications. Moran said the case convinced him there is a need to establish a protocol for similar situations that arise at night or on the weekends when the courthouse is closed."
Paul Pinkham in "Quick justice saves unborn child" in the July 27 Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union

Selling out
"Outside observers of the NAACP say that [Chairman Julian] Bond, in particular, is responsible for steering the organization toward a more activist and confrontational politics.
"'During the Clinton years, because his enemies were our enemies, we too easily fell into an embrace and a defense of him,' says Bond. That's a charge echoed by some of the NAACP's critics on the left, who accuse it of refusing to challenge the conservative drift of the Democratic Party on issues like crime, welfare and social spending.
" One problem that Bond faces in his efforts to make the NAACP more aggressive is the organization's closeness to corporate supporters. Since the mid-1990s, the NAACP has won the backing of scores of multinational corporations, high-tech firms and retailers, who often weigh in with big bucks: $500,000 from Bell Atlantic, $1 million from the SBC Foundation, large grants from Nations-Bank and AT&T; to help run service programs; and money from companies like GTE, Texaco, Ford, GM, BMW, Wal-Mart, McDonald's and 7-Eleven, whose glossy ads, along with many others, appeared in just a single recent issue of the NAACP's magazine."
Robert Dreyfuss writing on "Till Earth and Heaven Ring: The NAACP is Back," in the July 23/30 issue of the Nation

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