Visa for David Ben-ArielWritten by David Ben-Ariel
Senator DeWine Senator Voinovich
David Ben-Ariel Toledo, OH
April 27, 2005
Dear Senator DeWine,
The Israeli embassy informed your office years ago that I wouldn't be "eligible for a visa until 2005."
Here we are - NINE YEARS LATER! Can you believe it? And, God knows, my love of Israel is just as strong, and my innocence just as sure, as they surely know.
Please use your good office to assist your constituent in obtaining necessary visa that I may return to visit Israel without complications or detention at airport due to any unnecessary confusion.
I yearn to return to Zion and truly miss Holy Land, having lived throughout it, serving on eight kibbutzim, as well as living in Jerusalem, Israel's eternal capital.
The Abortion DebateWritten by Peter Kennedy
One of today’s most controversial topics, abortion debate pits rights of a mother against rights of a fetus. The most common, clear-cut stances on issue are “pro-choice” and “pro-life,” which hinge on legal and moral considerations. Another common viewpoint is a more blended pragmatist view, which states that abortion should be prohibited except for specific cases.
"Pro-choice" advocates stress a woman's right to choose whether and when to terminate her pregnancy. In their view, a woman should have absolute control over her own body and, by extension, over survival of fetus within her. The "pro-life" camp argues that life begins at conception and any termination of pregnancy after formation of embryo is equivalent to murder.
One may deem abortion immoral, but does that necessarily mean it should be illegal? As with many moral debates, there is an underlying and perhaps more significant legal debate raging, especially in United States. Roe v. Wade was a landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that is still relevant today. The Court voted 7-2 to overturn all state laws banning abortion. The Justices concluded that such laws violate a woman's constitutional right to privacy. Since then, moral debate has taken on political significance.