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The battle to repeal Roe v. Wade has essentially been over for a decade, says
U.Va. sociology professor James Davison Hunter. Anti-abortion forces have largely
abandoned the frontal assault aimed at outlawing abortion altogether, he said,
having been repelled by the courts. “The pro-life movement has come to
terms with this political reality, and having done that, they have adapted a
very different strategy, one that is incremental in nature,” he said. Even
abortion rights supporters are sometimes receptive to parental notification policies
and efforts to ban so-called “partial birth” abortions, he said.
— New York Times, April 25
Forcing prisoners to strip, as American guards did in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib
prison, is more than a power play, says U.Va. religious studies professor Abdulaziz
A. Sachedina. It also creates intense feelings of humiliation among Muslim people,
he said. “It does create a sense of shame, showing yourself naked to other
men or to women, the guards and the officers there,” he said. He notes
that Islamic law, too, prohibits such treatment of prisoners.
— Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 7
Garson calls for state-level health insurance initiatives
The number of Americans without health insurance is estimated at 43.6 million,
about one in every six people. “The uninsured suffer more ailments and
die younger than the rest of us,” wrote Dr. Arthur “Tim” Garson,
vice president and dean of U.Va.’s School of Medicine, in a recent commentary.
While presidential candidates have long talked about the issue, Garson said the
solution may be easier at the state level. He suggests establishing state purchasing
pools, administered by public-private partnerships, as a first step.
— Wall Street Journal, May 12
Student mental health programs under siege
Student mental health centers at American universities are facing a crisis, says
Russ Federman, head of counseling at U.Va.’s Elson Student Health Center.
An increasing number of students are showing up with increasingly serious mental
health problems, which universities must address with a finite amount of resources. “By
the 11th week of a semester, all appointments are filled. But students don’t
stop coming,” he said. “Counseling centers are struggling with brief
crisis stabilization versus addressing fundamental issues to
— Psychology Today, May 13
Iraq, Nazi Germany
The United States wins a war on foreign soil, then must figure out what to do
with the enforcers of the ruthless, now-deposed regime. Sound familiar? That
was 1945 in post-World War II Germany. Recently declassified records show the
United States overlooked the wartime activities of some former Nazi officials
for intelligence-gathering purposes, according to a new book, “U.S. Intelligence
and the Nazis.” U.Va. historian Timothy Naftali, who contributed to the
book, says, “We had no policies for helping Gestapo members, no disqualifiers
unless the public knew about the crimes. It was kind of a ‘don’t
ask, don’t tell’ culture.” He sees “troubling” parallels
to the current situation in Iraq.
— New York Times, Washington Post, May 14