I've been asked in the comments section what my stance is on abortion. It's an issue which I don't spend much time on, though I'm highly resistant to the attempts by folks on the left and the right to make this a litmus test of orthodoxy. The crux of my position is this: development matters. An 8 month abortion is a horrendous thing. A morning after pill is not. In a more ideal world there would exist a political consensus in this country:
There would be concerted efforts to expand the choices for women (in terms of birth control, health care, child care, etc) so that it's less likely that women are forced to face such a decision. There would be legal access to abortion in the early stages, basically first trimester and abortions afterwards would largely be made illegal. And abortion would no longer be a political football, but rather would be something dealt with in more appropriate venues.
The NY Times obituary covers the larger than life Julia Child:
Mrs. Child was a breast cancer survivor, a cat lover, a fervent advocate of Planned Parenthood and an unabashed sensualist with a sly sense of humor. One year she and her husband sent out Valentine's cards with a photograph of them together in the bathtub in Paris. One of her last projects was to be a memoir of her years in France.