Issues of Importance, Presidential Elections 2012
by Phyllis Chesler
Abortion as an issue seems to be more important to most American liberal Jewish women than all other issues combined: More important than the failing economy, a failed foreign policy vis a vis the Islamic world—and definitely more important than Israel.
Yesterday, I was interviewed at length by a reporter for a Jewish American newspaper about American Jewish women, abortion, and the upcoming election.
"Sir," I began, "Is there no other issue of importance to American Jewish women?"
He paused. He said he was willing to hear my views in general. (But throughout the interview he kept returning to this single issue).
I told him: I do not believe that American women will ever lose the right to abortion—but, if our economy fails, we will lose our ability to keep fighting our opponents who have been chipping away at abortion rights since the day it became legal.
"Where will the funding for the lawyers, lobbyists, and professional feminists come from to wage this battle"? I asked.
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