The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring

Advocacy-Jujitsu
We live in the age of the moral outlaw. Flouters of traditional morality, ethical rule breakers, even outright criminals, are some of our most famous and celebrated citizens. In contrast, those who serve humanity selflessly-whether because of religious...
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Assisted-Suicide Activism: Patience and Plastic Bags
"We are nowhere near where we thought we would be." That statement, by Emory University Law Ichool Professor David Garrow, epitomizes the sentiments of assisted-suicide advocates.In 1994, Oregon became the only place in the world with a law that specifically...
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Cloning in Light of the Nuremberg Code
APPENDIX FOn February 13, 2002, President George W. Bush's Council on Bioethics (which was established to advise the president on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedical science and technology) held its second round...
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Cloning, Stem Cells, and Religion?
The topic was religious journalism-ins and outs, sins and doubts; basically, the stuff that century journalists may expect to encounter as they report and interpret the "faith quests" that modern society finds so engaging. Well, let's see: lots of stuff...
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Commentary on "Unspeakable Conversations"
Harriet McBryde Johnson's article is extraordinary. She herself is extraordinary. Many commentators and correspondents to the New York Times have already noted this; I can only echo the sentiment. To say that it takes courage and dignity for someone...
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Conner on Our Minds-And in Our Laws
APPPENDIX DWe're all innocent until proven guilty, including Scott Peterson.Now that the Iraq war is over, press attention has turned to him and his culpability in the murder of his wife, Laci, whose body was discovered on Good Friday after she had been...
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Getting to the Bottom
I walk into the room and Bill O'Reilly is on TV talking to a professor. The professor deplores "the loss of innocent life" in the invasion of Iraq. O'Reilly is pretty smug, as usual, at one point reminding the professor that hey, c'mon, you're not talking...
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In Hillary Clinton vs. Santorum, the Babies Won
APPENDIX B"Where are the swollen heads?" asked Sen. Hillary Clinton.This was a rhetorical question by which the senator from New York intended to make a point on the floor of the U.S. Senate during the debate over the partial-birth abortion ban. Clinton...
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Introduction
THE YEAR 2003 MARKS the 30th anniversary of the shameful Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade; but it will also go down in history as the year the Supreme Court righted a great wrong. On February 26, the Court ruled 8-1 in favor of Joe Scheidler in...
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Life: Defining the Beginning by the End
What defines the beginning of human life? This question has been the topic of considerable legal and social debate over the years since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision-debate that has only been intensified by the recent controversies over human...
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More Dangerous Than a Monster: Peter Singer Is Tenured
Despite some of her friends urging Harriet McBryde Johnson not to debate Peter Singer, she made the right choice-all the more so because that event led to a cover story by her in the New York Times Magazine. A chance for millions of readers to see, not...
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Roe V. Wade & Bush V. Gore
APPENDIX CSenate Democrats have decided to filibuster the president's nomination of Priscilla Owen to a federal court because they believe her to be a conservative "activist," especially on the issue of abortion.Sounds scary, but have you seen the judicial...
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Scheidler's Supreme Victory
"Pro-life action news: Mark Wednesday, Feb. 26, in red letters because it is one big red letter day for the pro-life movement. We were having a slice of cherry pie for breakfast when we got word that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled 8 to 1 that we are...
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Singer and the Song
My thirteen-year-old daughter eats very little. Moy Moy is nearly five feet tall and weighs only fifty-six pounds. For the last eight years, Moy has been regressing. Her developmental age is now that of a four-month infant. Part of her condition (a neurological...
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The Great Compromise of 2003
APPENDIX AFetal rights have been much in the news ever since either Scott Peterson or some unknown assailant in a brown van brutally terminated the lives of Laci and Conner Peterson at 324 and 8 months of gestation, respectively, last Christmas Eve....
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The U.N. vs. Adoption
APPENDIX EIt's been several months since I last thought about Benjamin and Elizabeth. It hit me as our older children were headed off to school. Elizabeth would have been in first grade in our local elementary school and Ben would be getting on the bus...
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Unspeakable Conversations for Good Atheists
For more than ten years, people with disabilities and incurable illnesses have lived in the cross-hairs of modern Western culture's intolerance of imperfect human life. The champions of euthanasia, assisted suicide, abortion and infanticide have steadily...
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Unspeakable Conversations or How I Spent One Day as a Token Criple at Princeton University
He insists he doesn't want to kill me. He simply thinks it would have been better, all things considered, to have given my parents the option of killing the baby I once was, and to let other parents kill similar babies as they come along and thereby...
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