The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall

A Conversation with Steve Forbes
HLR: -Mr. Forbes, you are generally identified with economic issues, but recently you've been talking about cultural issues. You have said that it's time for conservatives to take the moral high ground, which would imply that we are inhabiting a moral...
A Deeper Stillness
My daughter has seizures every night. Before we started her on the medication she now takes regularly, she was having as many as twenty before my husband and I would go to sleep ourselves. The medicine took a while to have any real effect, but now, two...
Al Gore's Tobacco Road
Long before he was a presidential aspirant, second in command of the U.S. government, and dialer-in-chief for Democratic dollars-long before this, Al Gore was a brother. He had a sister, named Nancy. At age 18, Nancy began to smoke cigarettes-a common...
"From Conception to Natural Death"
By chance one day we happened to hear Mr. Steve Forbes quoted (on the news radio station that provides background noise in the office) as saying that "Life begins at conception and ends at natural death." That caught our ear, but by the time we turned...
Going out of Business
The news that F.W. Woolworth was closing its 400 stores nationwide took almost everyone by surprise. Some people went into denial ("They won't close them all!"), others went to the nearest Woolworth's to take advantage of the sales. When large signs...
Introduction
THIS ISSUE IS HARD TO DESCRIBE: it "covers more ground" than any previous one that readily comes to mind-there is certainly no one theme or story-line to it, and thus no obvious order for what we think is an unusually good collection of articles. So...
None of Our Business?
A woman faced with the decision of whether or not to seek an abortion will ask herself many questions. The question she may least consideruntil after the fact-is how an abortion will affect her future health. Will it jeopardize her ability to have other...
The Day I Met Mother Teresa
Something beautiful for God. This is one of Mother Teresa's favourite sayings. She used it when, after much persuasion, she agreed to subject herself to a BBC camera crew for the purpose of making a television programme about herself and her work. "Let...
The Longchamp Generation
We are often reminded that the future of the world lies in the hands of today's young people. Judging by the huge number of them-estimated at well over a million-who crammed into the famous Longchamp racecourse outside Paris to hear Pope John Paul II...
Why We Kill the Weak
Historians will write that by the last decade of the twentieth century, great numbers of men and women in the most pampered society on the earth had come to think it normal and desirable that their sick, their weak, and their helpless should be killed....
Women: Prey for Brennan
On the occasion of Justice William Brennan's thirtieth year on the Court, his law clerks threw a party with the names of some of Brennan's most significant opinions festooning the room. When Justice Antonin Scalia dropped in, he looked at the case names...