The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, Summer

Are Protesters Racketeers?
Congress wrote an intentionally vague and loosely worded law in 1970 as a tool to combat organized crime-the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The American legal system being what it is, RICO was soon put to more imaginative uses. Its...
Read preview Overview
Enlarged RICO Threatens Right of Free Speech
Should RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute, be applied beyond gangsters and savings-and-loan kingpins to those who engage in social protest? I thought not when I drafted the act in 1970 for Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark....
Read preview Overview
Introduction
In his famous Preface to Saint Joan, George Bernard Shaw wrote "We must face the fact that society is founded on intolerance" simply because "society must always draw a line somewhere" between "allowable conduct" and the intolerable. What happens when...
Read preview Overview
Is Roe V. Wade Obsolete?
As science races ahead, it leaves in its trail mind-numbing ethical questions.1 Kass v. Kass will never be as famous as Roe v. Wade, but the recent ruling by New York State's highest court may well be just as important. As everybody knows, in Roe the...
Read preview Overview
It's the Helluva Town?
Chicago's tolerance for the annoying is remarkable. Named after a smelly swamp onion of local origin, Chicago has suffered the likes of stockyards and steel mills, Al Capone and Dennis Rodman. And, of course, the Cubs. Chicago has lived with, even embraced,...
Read preview Overview
Muffling the Constitution
Americans complain like no other people on earth, confident in the conviction that the Constitution, if not God himself, guarantees their right to do so. When something really bugs us, we join others of like mind to alter or remove the object of our...
Read preview Overview
Our Discardable People
It is not up to [the doctor] whether . life is happy or unhappy, worthwhile or not, and should he incorporate these perspectives into his trade . . the doctor could well become the most dangerous person in the state. -Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland, a German...
Read preview Overview
RICO: Be Careful What You Wish For
I've been on the front lines of the abortion war. I know how ugly it gets when escorts have to crowd around a patient so she doesn't have to endure the pictures of mangled fetuses thrust in her face or the "Mommy don't kill me" taunts broadcast through...
Read preview Overview
Shut Up, the Court Explained
Abortionists now have found a splendid new way to quell protesters: Sue 'em. A federal court in Chicago has handed down a $258,000 judgment against three anti-abortion protesters and a couple of pro-life outfits that lent them moral support. Something...
Read preview Overview
Slouching towards Infanticide
Sometime in the fall, before the elections in November, the pro-life leadership in Congress will bring back the bill to forbid partial-birth abortions. Only the veto by President Clinton prevented it from becoming law in 1996. But for the opponents of...
Read preview Overview
The RICO Outrage: Are "Pro-Lifers" Really Mafia Mobsters?
This past April, a federal jury in Chicago convicted several anti-abortion activists and their organizations of extortion (including the intent to incite violence) under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a law drafted in...
Read preview Overview
Those Relativists Next Door
In one of the most invigorating-and at the same time depleting-books I have read lately, Alan Wolfe, the Boston University sociologist, introduces us to the modern American middle class. Maybe, better said, he sets a pier mirror before his overwhelmingly...
Read preview Overview
What Size Is an Embryo's Soul
In 1985 my partner and I were married. We wanted to have a child but were unsuccessful so after a year we went to see our GP who referred us to an obstetrician/gynaecologist. Late in 1989 we were referred on to an infertility specialist at Melbourne...
Read preview Overview
Whoring for Fun and Profit
A Learned Disquisition on the Subject of the Revolting Nature of Commerce and Its Repulsive Handmaiden, Feminism The permissive age has been an object lesson to many people. How does the particular emphasis of a culture develop? What were the factors...
Read preview Overview
Why Love Dare Not Lie
"[Thomas] More was a very orthodox Catholic and for him an oath was something perfectly specific; it was an invitation to God, an invitation God would not refuse, to act as a witness, and to judge; the consequence of perjury was damnation.... A man takes...
Read preview Overview