The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring

Abortion Senator to Abortion President
My initial inclination to support Sen. Barack Obama's road to the White House came from his work as a Chicago community organizer and his record in the Illinois legislature. He actually worked to rescue school dropouts from a lifetime dead end as well...
A Life Win
You'd think that Maryland state legislators would have more important issues to deal with-considering the subprime mortgage crisis, and all-instead of listening to legal challenges to the pro-life work of pregnancy centers in the state. But the National...
Assisted Suicide and the Corruption of Palliative Care
For the past two decades, euthanasia/assisted-suicide ideologues have worked overtime to conflate palliative care-the medical alleviation of pain and other distressing symptoms of serious illness-with intentionally ending the life of the patient. The...
Cloning without Conscience: The New British Embryology Bill
For several hundred years, beginning in the fourteenth century, Spanish kings prohibited the breeding of mules, a practice that was thought to jeopardize the purity of Spanish horses. The Jesuit political philosopher Francisco Vitoria, lecturing in the...
Confronting a Changed Culture
It looked like the life had been sucked out of her."So says "Brad," in Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience by Michaelene Fredenburg. It's not everywhere one can express such a brutally honest and graphic sentiment....
How Can the Left Be against Life?
It is out of character for the Left to neglect the weak and helpless. The traditional mark of the Left has been its protection of the underdog, the weak, and the poor. The unborn child is the most helpless form of humanity, even more in need of protection...
Indignity and Bioethics
Human dignity has long been a contentious subject in American bioethics. A frequently employed if ill-defined concept in European political life, in international law, and in the ethical tradition of the West, dignity has had a particularly hard time...
Introduction
"As we know all too well," recalls William Murchison in our lead article ("No 'Change' for the Unborn"), "the feminist agitations of the 1960s, which led directly to Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22,1973, made abortion a political issue for the first time in U.S....
Is Planned Parenthood above the Law?
Planned Parenthood likes to think of itself as above all reproach-a champion of women's rights and also (as its annual report claims) the nation's "social justice movement."But this week, in front of Planned Parenthood offices at 1108 16th St. NW in...
Keystone Culture of Death
At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, the Democratic governor of the state of Pennsylvania, Robert Casey, was prohibited from speaking. The Clintons and their associates had blacklisted Casey because he wanted to speak against legalized abortion-as...
My Telomeres Are Getting Shorter
A writer is always looking for ways in which he can express old ideas with new words. He knows that his language must be kept fresh to protect his readers from semantic boredom, if not semantic aphasia.In the senior circles where I spend a great deal...
New York's $600 Million Question
When Dr. Bertram Lubin, head of the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, applied for a $5 million facilities grant last fall from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to support his research on sickle-cell anemia, his...
No "Change" for the Unborn
It might be called a judgment upon us Americans that the latest election cycle summons us to renewed contemplation, if that's the right word for it, of the plight of the unborn. Well, many of the unborn. You know the ones I mean: those subject to the...
Obama & Clinton Talk about Abortion
In July 2007, the major Democratic presidential candidates were invited to speak before the political arm of Planned Parenthood-the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The speeches received little attention: Videos of them were posted on a Planned Parenthood...
On the Banality of Abortion as Art
Yale senior Aliza Shvarts has gone too far-or maybe she hasn't. According to a press release that Shvarts sent to the Yale Daily News on Wednesday, April 16, over a recent nine-month period, the senior art major artificially inseminated herself "as often...
Playing Games with Innocent Life
While Barack Obama is disengaging himself from some of the sulfurously disuniting remarks of his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, he has shown in a February debate with Hillary Clinton his own disturbing ignorance of why disability-rights communities...
Reaping the Rich Inheritance of Love: Motherhood in Georgian England
In his Life of Johnson, Boswell recalls Johnson arguing with a "pertinacious gentleman," who, after talking "in a very puzzling manner," turned to the old sage and said, "I don't understand you, Sir," whereupon Johnson threw up his hands and replied...
Spitzer's Bad RHAPP
"Kristen" was not the worst of it. Before the governor of New York was implicated in a high-priced prostitution ring, pro-lifers knew that Eliot Spitzer had already crossed the line of decency. By proposing and pushing a dangerous bill that would make...
The Abortion Lobby's Deep Pockets
January 2008 marked the 35th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States. Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton have cost nearly 50 million lives and have grossly deformed the practice of both law and medicine in this country. Pro-abortionists...
The Stupidity of Dignity
This spring, the President's Council on Bioethics released a 555-page report, titled Human Dignity and Bioethics. The Council, created in 2001 by George W. Bush, is a panel of scholars charged with advising the president and exploring policy issues related...
The Suicide of Emma Beck and Silence No More
She didn't have to die. And neither did her unborn children. Over the weekend, London newspapers reported on the 2007 suicide of 30-year-old Emma Beck, a young British artist who hung herself after the abortion of her twin babies. Perhaps the retelling...