- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Honoring Mom?

A pro-life advocacy group finds it ironic that the nation’s largest provider of abortions enlisted a recognized coming-of-age author to seek contributions in “honor” of Mother’s Day.

The “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” author Judy Blume wrote a special May 11 donation solicitation, accompanied by her smiling photo, to raise money for Planned Parenthood’s political-lobbying arm.

“I’m a mom, and I’m also a writer and an activist. Nothing has made me prouder than seeing my own children - and really, all young people - grow up to be healthy, educated, and in charge of their bodies and their lives,” Mrs. Blume wrote. “That’s where Planned Parenthood comes in. There is no organization that I know of that supports motherhood and all that it means more than Planned Parenthood. That’s why I’m honoring moms everywhere with my gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund today.”

“Judy Blume’s real message? Be glad that your mother didn’t go to Planned Parenthood when she was pregnant with you,” said the pro-life Concerned Women for America President Wendy Wright in an e-mail.

“Blume acknowledges that it takes courage to be a mom, and the goal is to raise strong, independent and confident children. But why do women choose abortion? Ultimately, they don’t feel strong, confident or competent enough to raise a child. Instead of helping women to be capable and to believe they can do it, Planned Parenthood plays on their fears. And Planned Parenthood makes a tidy profit when women believe they are too incompetent to be a mother.”

Traditional GOP

The Republican Party’s shrinking numbers are having a big impact on women, who are being called the “minority of the minority” of the party by various media outlets.

Women represent less than 10 percent of elected Republicans on Capitol Hill, compared to the 23 percent of the Democratic lawmakers who are women. The GOP’s polling among women is pretty bad, too. A new Gallup poll found Democrats maintain a double-digit advantage in party identification among women, 41 percent to 27 percent.

Bonnie Erbe, who hosts PBS’ weekly “To the Contrary” program, devoted to exploring women’s issues with women from a variety of political perspectives, offered her thoughts on the GOP’s shortage of women on her blog for U.S. News & World Report.

“Republican women are generally more traditional than Democratic women, who tend to be more progressive,” she wrote. “Therefore, GOP women are more likely to be full-time homemakers or to work part time and not to pursue all-consuming careers such as politics. Republican women like former Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) have even agreed with me in conversation that this is the case. This does not mean all Democratic women want to run for office or be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, or that all GOP women want to be homemakers. Certainly not. But the majority fall into those stereotypes, and that is the main reason I believe the numbers are skewed in Democrats favor.”

Steele on Romney

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele brutally assessed the 2008 presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on talk radio last week.

A caller phoned into Bill Bennett’s radio program, which Mr. Steele was guest-hosting, and said he thought Mr. Romney would have been more competitive than Sen. John McCain in the presidential election, especially on the economy, and had no problems with the Republican Party’s conservative base.

Mr. Steele vehemently disagreed, citing Mr. Romney’s Mormon religion and abortion flip-flops as a problem for the GOP base.

“Remember, it was the base that rejected Mitt because of his switch on pro-life, from pro-choice to pro-life,” Mr. Steele said. “It was the base that rejected Mitt because it had issues with Mormonism. It was the base that rejected Mitt because they thought he was back and forth and waffling on those very economic issues you’re talking about. So, I mean, I hear what you’re saying. But before we even got to a primary vote, the base had made very clear they had issues with Mitt. Because if they didn’t, he would have defeated John McCain in those primaries in which he lost.”

Pork source

The Jordanian news site Al Bawaba has reported that a new religious edict (fatwa) has been published by Sheik Ali Osman of the Egyptian Waqf ministry that says pork is banned in Islam because Jews are the source of all pigs.

The sheik also told a Jordanian newspaper that eating pork is akin to eating an “impure person.” No other sheiks are publicly supporting the fatwa, but Sheik Osman claims it is being reviewed by the Al Azhar fatwa committee.

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected] ingtontimes.com

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