- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2002

Planned pregnancy
"Ana Gasteyer of NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' says she kept her pregnancy a secret for five months because she was concerned about reactions at work, where until now no comedienne cast member has been with child before.
"But when she broke the news to the show's executive producer, Lorne Michaels, he was 'just fabulous about it,' she now says. 'Babies are a great thing. He's got three. They've totally changed his life.'
"Funny, but we don't recall the SNL comedian gushing about how great babies are and how they totally change people's lives for the better when she was in Washington a few days ago as the celebrity attraction for the 85th anniversary celebration of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
"Then again, nobody knew she was pregnant."
Steven Ertelt in "Babies are only good when they're wanted?" posted April 2 on the Pro-Life Infonet at www.prolifeinfo.org

Facts vs. feminism
"Want to see a woman go berserk? Try tossing out these tidbits at the next office happy hour: Female fertility begins to decline at age 27. The process accelerates dramatically in a woman's late 30s, and by age 42, her odds of having a baby have dropped to under 10 percent regardless of how many visits she makes to the fertility clinic.
"These are just a couple of the stats feeding the 'babies versus career' debate currently enjoying a superheated revival thanks to the newly released book 'Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children' by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett.
"Many young women and feminist types are horrified by the book, fearing that it will 'scare' girls into premature motherhood and give ammunition to traditionalists who still believe a woman's place is in the home. 'There is an antifeminist agenda that says we should go back to the 1950s,' one distraught professor was quoted in Time magazine.
"By 42, 90 percent of a woman's eggs are chromosomally abnormal. That doesn't mean a 42-year-old woman can't have a baby; but it does mean that her odds stink.
"You can get as outraged as you like about that fact, but it is a biological rather than a social injustice and thus not particularly prone to political pressure."
Michelle Cottle, writing on "Feminine Mistake," April 24 at New Republic Online at www.tnr.com

Instant war crimes
"Interesting, isn't it, that Amnesty International says Israel is guilty of war crimes before it actually has done any real investigating? Why, it's enough to make you think Amnesty International is guilty of a preconceived bias when it comes to Israel.
"But that can't be true, can it? After all, Amnesty International is for nice and good things, like human rights, so everything it says has to be trusted. Doesn't it?
"Except if you actually read the bilge it's pumping.
"Amnesty's latest preliminary findings [about Israeli actions in the West Bank] include some mindbogglingly dishonest and disingenuous claims, like this one: 'The delegation received credible evidence of such serious violations including allegations of extrajudicial executions.'
"Wow! Credible evidence of allegations! That's enough to convict an entire country for the commission of heinous war crimes, isn't it?
"In fact, before-and-after aerial photographs of the [Jenin refugee] camp show that the damage to property was highly concentrated and centered in an area that Palestinians acknowledge was where activists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad were holed up."
Jon Podhoretz, writing on "Amnesty's Calumny," Wednesday in the New York Post

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