The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 3, Summer

About This Issue . .
... it is with some sadness that we look forward to the Human Life Foundation's Great Defender of Life award dinner this year, as one of our dear friends and benefactors - who hosted what was always the jolliest table every year - died this past August....
A Medi-Scary Appointment
Among the hoariest arguments in politics - for that matter, in most areas of human endeavor - is the argument of the "slippery slope." That's to say, if you have that second beer/toss your parking tickets/hang out with no-goods, you're headed, sure as...
An Anniversary of Consequence
One On June 30, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Harris v. McRae and upheld the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment, which had prohibited federal funding for Medicaid abortions since 1976. Three decades later, Harris v. McRae remains...
A Tale of Two Men: Principles and Practicalities
In the now 37-year post-Roe era, two distinct pro-life legal strategies have evolved to combat Roe and its consequences. The first, known as the "incrementalist" approach, is a series of state-enacted legislative restrictions on the abortion liberty,...
Donor-Conceived Individuals' Right to Know
In recent years, the interests of donor-conceived individuals have come to the forefront. They have become the center of a lively academic debate as well as a driver for support networks, educational campaigns, and legislative changes. While most countries...
Don't Mess with Mama Grizzlies
I'm especially glad to be here celebrating life and doing it under the banner of one of my heroes, Susan B . Anthony. It's an honor to speak in the building named after another one of my heroes, and many of yours: Ronald Reagan. This is an honor! [Applause.]President...
Eulogy for Anne Higgins
It was December of 1965, 45 years ago, that I first looked on the friendly Irish face of Anne Volz, outside the law office of Richard M. Nixon.Anne was Mr. Nixon's receptionist, and she ushered me into a small office behind her where one encountered...
From the Archives: On Being Alive (1977)
I have been physically disabled since birth as a result of brain damage. My disability is called Cerebral Palsy. Many people believe that Cerebral Palsy is synonymous with mental retardation. However, this is not true. When I was born my parents were...
Introduction
At the heart of the abortion issue is the promise of a child. Barring miscarriage or abortion, conception both "promises" the birth of a child and creates the hope of a new human being with promise. If parenthood is an act of stepping out into the unknown,...
Notes on the Scott Brown Election
Lost in the hoopla over Scott Brown's Senate election victory in Massachusetts last January is the role EMILY's List played in the failed campaign of his rival, state attorney general Martha Coakley. EMILY's List - EMILY is an acronym for "Early Money...
Outfoxing the Grim Reaper
"I'm going to go at any minute," Trendell Terry said. On a drizzly day in October 1972, he was crouched on the ledge of a roof, 17 stories above the traffic on Broadway, New York City. Police were up there on the roof with him, trying to talk him out...
Politicizing Aid at the G8 Summit
On the agenda at the G8 summit in Canada is promoting maternal and infant health in the poorest parts of the globe. The high rates of maternal and infant mortality in many countries are an impediment to democracy and social development, to say nothing...
Prisoners of the Pill
Mother's Day in the United States (and some other countries) had an ironic twist to it this year: the powers that be chose to observe May 9 as the fiftieth anniversary of the public debut of the contraceptive pill, the twentieth century's chief weapon...
Stem Cells, Life and the Law
Monday's decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia halting all federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research is a surprising milestone in the decade-long debate over this morally fraught field - and another opportunity to make...
The ABCs of an International Right to Abortion
IntroductionAbortion advocates often claim there is an "international right to abortion."1 If there were such a thing as an "international right to abortion," how would we know it? There is, after all, no "world government," no global legislative authority,...
The Gift of a Child
Earlier this year, at the tail end of a 24-hour Hong Kong-Tokyo-New York flight, my wife, Julie, was at wit's end. The trip was a last-minute thing, put together after a phone call telling us that her grandmother had suffered a heart attack. In the best...
The Kids Are Not All Right
The Kids Are Not All RightA scruffy man, tanned and good-looking, dressed in an old leather jacket and snug jeans, is on a motorcycle zipping through a neighborhood near you. He's a restaurateur into "local" everything, a man whose produce vendor is...
The Most Potent Political Cocktail
Blessed is he who followed the health-care debate this year regarding abortion and did not get whiplash.There were lies, damned lies, and backfired lies. And we haven't even gotten to the continued misrepresentations in the histories to come.Barack Obama...
Thinking about Tea Parties
The Tea Party movement, a loosely connected association of activists demanding smaller government, free markets, lower taxes, and other goals of fiscal conservatism, is feeling its oats right now, bringing together many ordinary Americans who hadn't...
To Be or Not to Be?
That is the question Dr. Peter Singer asks. The noble, tortured, Hamlet-like soul faces the crisis of life and questions his own . . . No, wait: That's the wrong script. The truth is that this coddled, tenured Princeton professor looks over the ivy walls...
You Can't Take the Back Alley out of Abortion
Mary Rose SomarribaSaturday's New York Times Magazine features an optimistic cover story: "The New Abortion Providers" by Emily Bazelon. It tells the decades-long struggle of abortion advocates to become more accepted by the medical profession, because...