The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, Summer

A Bright Light in Academe
"A Christianity," warned C.S. Lewis in the summer of 1943, "which does not see moral and religious experience converging to meet. . . . in the positive infinity of the living yet supernatural God, has nothing in the long run to divide it from devil worship."...
Annihilating Terri Schiavo
During the tumultuous final weeks in the life of Terri Schiavo, the young woman who died in a Florida hospice in April, press reports in the nation's media typically focused on the bitter conflicts among members of her family over her treatment, disagreements...
Becoming Justice Blackmun
"Whoda thunk it?" is how most of us put the matter: often as not with rolling of eyes or hairline smiles of bemusement.Life notoriously takes unexpected turnings and reroutings-a commonplace on which the late Edna Ferber based her considerable literary...
Dame Cicely Saunders
The mother of modern hospice care passes onRalph Nader once mused to me about what a terrible thing it was that Jack Kevorkian was (at the time) the world's most famous doctor. He was right. That distinct honor should have belonged to Dame Cicely Saunders,...
Even Homer Nods
I count myself an ally of David Gelernter in almost all things, but in a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, he offered a stinging reproach to James Dobson for invoking the experience with the Nazis and German science, in drawing lessons that bear...
Introduction
BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN is the title of a recent book by New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse on the career of Harry Blackmun, author of the majority decision in Roe v. Wade. In our lead article, Senior Editor William Murchison discusses the book,...
John Paul II and America's Laws on Life
At the time of his passing in April 2005, John Paul II was probably the most beloved person in the world. Certainly, the eyes of billions were upon him; what had so impressed the world about this man?The one aspect of his character that stood above all...
Justice Restraint
Americans who cherish constitutional freedom and self-government will miss the presence of Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed in 1971, he served 34 years on the Court, the last 19 as chief justice. Many of his decisions...
Population Control Kills
In 1994, in the run-up to the Cairo Conference on Population and Development, the U.S. National Academy of Science circulated a resolution openly calling for sustainable development-that is, slow or no economic growth-and global population control.The...
Saving Lives through the Churches, Part II
The first part of this series quoted an activist s question that applies to the second part as well: "Can you imagine what our country would be like today if our churches did everything they could do?"The first part described the pro-life teaching of...
The Least of My Brethren: The Ethics of Heterologous Embryo Transfer
Many good people experience a natural repugnance toward the idea of surgically implanting cryogenically preserved embryos into the wombs of women who are not their mothers. This process, called heterologous embryo transfer (HET), strikes men and women...
The Legacy of Terri Schiavo for the Nonreligious
During the prolonged, extensive media coverage of the fierce battle this past spring over whether Terri Schiavo should live or die, almost entirely ignored was the insistent presence of individuals and organizations who were most personally concerned...
The Schiavo Case & the Culture Wars
In reporting on the Terri Schiavo case, the National Catholic Reporter, the chief organ of liberal Catholicism in the United States, offered a balanced survey of the issues and a sympathetic profile of two Franciscan brothers from Minnesota who had gone...
Women Want an Informed Choice? Here Are the Facts
The Irish Family Planning Association, a pro-abortion pressure group, has started yet another campaign to bring abortion on demand to Ireland. Last week, two of their women, Catherine Forde and Ivana Bacik, were back on a platform, demanding "safe and...