The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, Spring

Abortions Don't Mean Drop in Crime
John J. Donohue III and Steven D. Levitt are not in the least like Capt. Gonzalo de Aguilera. Before considering who Donohue and Levitt are, consider who the captain was. He was a polo-playing ex-cavalry officer selected by General Franco as a press...
ACLU V. Unborn Children
In its early days in the 1920s, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was a small but feisty group. It saw itself as a little guy, fighting for the civil liberties of other little guys-defending labor organizers, Communists, and other unpopular and...
Against Human Cloning
APPENDIX F Last week, the Brownback-Weldon bill to prohibit human cloning was introduced on Capitol Hill. And the arguments against it are... well, as it turns out, there really aren't many arguments against a ban on manufacturing human beings like gingerbread...
Alan Wolfe's Search for Virtue
Yes, Alan Wolfe again. It would be fair and fitting to ask why a Boston College trend-spotter much favored by the New York Times, and other noted establishment publications, would be worthy of extended treatment in this proudly non-establishment journal....
Brief Amicus Curiae of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in Support of Petitioners' Petitions for a Writ of Certiorari
[We reprint here the complete text of the amicus curiae brief filed by Mother Teresa of Calcutta with the U.S. Supreme Court on February 14, 1994. The original title page is reproduced below.] IN THE Supreme Court of the United States OCTOBER TERM, 1993...
Doctor Jerome Lejeune, R.I.P
[The following originally appeared in our Spring, 1994 issue, as a tribute to the recentlydeceased Dr. Lejeune. We reprint it here for its relevance to this issues's article, New Jersey v. Alexander Loce et. als: A Father's Trial and the Case for Personhood.]...
Everything for Sale?
Medical research is advancing by leaps and bounds, along the way uncovering wonderful new treatments for dread diseases, genetic disabilities, and ghastly accidents. With any luck, these new cures will work their way into the marketplace in coming decades,...
Has the "Kill Pill" Trumped the Pro-Life Cause?
It may not be the miracle drug it was sold as-but it is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for women who want sexual intercourse but not a baby. Phones have been ringing off the hooks at abortion clinics across the nation ever since September, when...
Introduction
"When I was a child I was told that only bad people lie." So begins Professor George McKenna in our lead article; he goes on to describe how he was taught by his professors in the 50's that "people who lied a lot were social lowlifes: Mafia wiseguys,...
Look Away, Look Away, the Rage for RU-486
Abortion has ceased to be a medical procedure and become a political imperative. Even the most minimal requirements for an abortion pill may now be denounced as an infringement on the Constitution, meaning an infringement on Roe v. Wade, the Magna Carta...
New Jersey V. Alexander Loce et. Als: A Father's Trial and the Case for Personhood
On September 7, 1990, Alex Loce embarked upon the short journey from his home in Queens, New York, to Morristown, New Jersey, a greatly burdened young man. His fiance had told him that she was pregnant, and she had also told him that she had scheduled...
RU-486: Poisoning the Springs
There is a line to be defended in human relations, the inviolable line between one human existence and another. The threat of RU-486 reminds us that this line is routinely violated, and at its most vulnerable point. Vulnerable because invisible; out...
R U 4 Life
The odd, orchestrated dance that is the politics of abortion completed another quadrille last week with the approval of RU-486, a pharmaceutical cocktail that induces abortion. The "pro-choice" lobby weighed in enthusiastically but warned of the imminent...
Stoking the Fire for St. Mel
Almost lost in the tug of war over the presidency last fall was a surrealistic election campaign that ended on Nov. 7, when Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan won a U.S. Senate seat by defeating incumbent Republican John Ashcroftthree weeks after the 66-year-old...
The Abortion Thaw
APPENDIX C Not until he became governor and faced a bill on his desk did Ronald Reagan ever think much about abortion, he tells us in his new book, and then he boiled his queries down to one commonsense question. Tell me what would happen, he asked his...
The Dutch Way of Death
APPENDIX G Seven years ago, Dr. Niko Wolswinkel was asked to kill someone. On a Monday morning that he will never forget, the Dutch physician's patient, a 77-year old woman dying from cancer, asked him to kill her. As a purely legal matter, he knew he...
The Murder of Tracy Latimer
On October 24, 1993, Canadian farmer Robert Latimer decided it was time to kill his twelve-year old daughter. Tracy had cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen during her birth; she had undergone three successful surgeries to improve her quality of life....
The Politics of Stem Cells
APPENDIX E Stem cells are undifferentiated "master cells" in the body that can develop into differentiated tissues, such as bone, muscle, nerve, or skin. Stem cell research may lead to exponential improvements in the treatment of many terminal and debilitating...
The World He Will Inherit
My son was born last fall in the way of Caesar, seven weeks before he was due. It truly was a blessed event, which is to say it was in no way easy. I held my wife's hand in the operating room, whispering the Rosary in her ear and watching for the faint...
Why They Help Them Lie
When I was a child I was told that only bad people lie. The message was reinforced when I went to college in the 1950s, but with a particular cultural inflection. I was taught by "vital centrist" professorsprofessors a little bit to the left of center-that...