The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, Winter

A Dilemma of Biblical Proportions
For those who may not know the full story of the Siamese twins, Jodie and Mary, the facts are these. Their parents are Maltese and, when it was discovered that they were expecting Siamese twins, they decided to come to England to have the babies. Once...
A Moral Precedent for the Siamese Twins Case
The situation gripping British national attention seems unprecedented. Fiveweek-old Siamese twins Jodie and Mary share but one heart. Doctors believe both will die if not separated soon; Jodie, the stronger twin, would get the heart, and Mary would perish,...
A Pastor's Reflections
1. I am grateful to the Court for this opportunity to make a submission. My reason for doing so is to offer some reflections based on principles of morality which the Catholic Church holds in common with countless others who value the Judeo-Christian...
A Pro-Life Loss of Nerve?
There are times when it is hard to accept that advocates of legal abortion mean what they say. One wonders, for example, if anyone actually believes that partial-birth abortion is distinguishable from infanticide in any meaningful way; or thinks it perceptive...
A Question to Break the Heart
Even in a world of tragedy and injustice, there has been something peculiarly harrowing in the story of the Siamese twins born in Manchester. There is something almost mythic in the description of the strong twin being progressively drained by her dependent,...
Babies' Lives in the Judges' Scales
The Siamese twins, "Jodie" and "Mary," present not just a hard case but an "un-easy" case. The moral dilemma is so acute that if you do not have some sense of unease, you have not understood the complexities involved. It was therefore comforting for...
Blinded by Science
[Dr. James Le Fanu, a general practitioner in London, is also a prolific writer. The following commentary first appeared in the Dec. 2, 2000 issue of The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly. (Reprinted with permission of The Tablet, London, UK.)]...
Consciences on Camera
Until last week we had only been able to see the Maltese parents of the conjoined twins, Jodie and Mary, in our minds. Because they had been portrayed as "devout Catholics" opposed to the operation "for religious reasons," the media had depicted a conflict...
Giving Sorrow Words
Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o'erfraught heart and bids it break -Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, scene 3 This is a book about women who don't exist. The women who tell their stories here have all suffered abortion-related...
Introduction
AS THE HUMAN LIFE REVIEW'S SECOND MILLENNIUM of publication opens, an avowedly pro-life president occupies the White House. Sworn into office two days before the 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, be took note of the occasion to announce the cessation...
Is It Killing?
"We cannot kill one of our daughters to allow the other to survive. We believe nature should take its course. If it's God's will that both of our children should survive, then so be it. It's not something we believe we have the right to interfere with."...
Just Say Yes to Ritalin!
[This article first appeared in Salon.com, http://www.Salon.com. An online version remains in the Salon archives. Reprinted with permission. Dr. Diller, the author of Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a...
Making It Rare
Safe, legal, and rare? Try anything but safe. As the Clinton administration fades into the sunset, this-one of the 42nd president's many lies-may be going with it. It's not just unborn babies whose lives are lost at the hands of abortion providers. But...
The Abortion Boat
Under most circumstances, Rebecca Gomperts is the sort of pioneer the left would despise. A white European, she seeks to circumvent laws, trample non-Western cultures, and overturn indigenous customs throughout the Third World. While she's at it, Gomperts...
The Apple Argument against Abortion
I doubt there are many readers of this magazine who are pro-choice. Why, then, do I write an argument against abortion for its readers. Why preach to the choir? Preaching to the choir is a legitimate enterprise. Scripture calls it "edification," or "building...
The Fifth Column in Catholic Institutions
Affirming the sanctity of human life and accepting all persons as being of equal inherent moral worth is the pillar of Western civilization. Providing optimal care to each patient regardless of the seriousness of his or her illness or disability is the...
The Pig-Man Cometh
[The following article is reprinted with permission of The Weekly Standard (October 23, 2000; News America Incorporated). Mr. Bottum is the Standard's Books & Arts editor.] On Thursday, October 5, it was revealed that biotechnology researchers had...
The Rise of "Bastard Nation"
[The following article is reprinted with permission of The Weekly Standard (Sept. 11, 2000; News America Inc.). Mr. Carnahan is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.] The Rise of "Bastard Nation" And the threat to adoption When Jane Doe No. 1 decided...
Twin Killing
Alas, Poor Mary. She's the conjoined twin in England, united at the chest with her stronger sister Jodie, and she's been called a parasite, a tumor, a blood sucker: someone whose "primitive" brain makes her life unworthy of protecting. And all that by...
Where to Go from Here?
Another election, another political impasse over abortion. You would like the dreary details? Here they are. I quote, for starters, a reliable source-the Family Research Council's Citizen magazine: In the House, pro-lifers gained two seats-one in Virginia...