The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 3, Summer

Abortion Is Not a "Necessary Evil"
[Clarke D. Forsythe, an attorney, is president of Americans United for Life. This article first appeared in Christianity Today (5/24/99) and is reprinted with the author's permission.] Twenty-six years after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision,...
Abortion Is Not the Answer to Crime
[The following Wall Street Journal editorial page essay ran on August 19, 1999 and is reprinted with permission of The Wall Street Journal 1999 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Mr. Ponnuru is a senior editor of National Review magazine.]...
About Erik
' But the "camel" which cannot get through the eye of the needle is probably a "string." Due to the itacism in the time of Christ the words kamelos (camel) and kamilos (string) were pronounced in exactly the same way. (Itacism implies the pronunciation...
Don't Rationalize Suicide
Last week Surgeon General David Satcher, with Tipper Gore at his side, issued a "call to action" to prevent suicide. Dr. Satcher is right to identify suicide as an urgent problem. Some 31,000 Americans die each year at their own hands, and between 1952...
Draw the Line Now against Using Babies as Medical Products
APPENDIX C [John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. The following two columns appeared in that newspaper on June 23 and July 1, 1999 respectively, and are reprinted with permission. (@Copyrighted Chicago Tribune Company. All rights reserved.)]...
Erik Von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, R.I.P
In April, his letter told that he would be leaving his home in Austria for four days. A conference in Montreal would be discussing the monarchy, and Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn would certainly not miss that. "But in May I must be operated on for my aneurysm-being...
Europe without Vitality
The menaced continent is Europe and the name of the menace is "underpopulation." Reading this might surprise some people who know that the density of population is greater in Europe than in any other region on this globe, but under- and overpopulation...
Introduction
"Inevitably, the titanic struggle over abortion affects the way Americans talk about human life . . . we have witnessed over the past decade or so what could be called 'semanticide'-the murder of meaning itself." So writes Senior Editor William Murchison...
Ireland's New Intolerance
Last March the archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Desmond Connell, delivered a speech on the subject of Humanae Vitae to a small pro-life society at the national seminary, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. It brought an avalanche of criticism crashing down on...
Lessons from History
John Greenleaf Whittier, the Quaker poet, was also a shrewd political organizer. While working for the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1837, he spent much time on anti-slavery petitions to Congress. "How are you getting on in regard to petitions?" Whittier...
License to Live
[The following article was posted May 14, 1999 on FrontPagemag.com, an on-line publication of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in Los Angeles, Ca. It is reprinted here with the permission of Mr. Weinkopf, who is the webzine 's managing editor.]...
New Jersey: Another View on Abortion
[The following is taken from the On the Right column by William F Buckley, Jr. ((D 1999. Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.)] Two years ago, two fellow critics of the Supreme Court's decision in...
Prisoner Number 284797
November 4, 1998, was a pivotal day for Jack Kevorkian. It was the day after Michigan voters had rejected a measure to legalize assisted suicide. And it was the first time in the years since he had started making headlines that he had been convicted...
Research Debate Tackles New World Some Dare Not Brave
A discussion begins in Washington on Thursday. It's not about sex or money. It's not about scandals or interest rates or war. So it might not get the media coverage it deserves. But it could be the most important debate of our generation. It will determine...
"Semanticide"
When, not many years after Roe v. Wade, the physically handicapped became the "differently abled," and Indians turned mysteriously into "Native Americans" or "indigenous peoples," critics of abortion might have sensed what trouble they were really in....
Talking Back to the Anti Anti-Abortion Crowd
As a philosopher, I imagine I have a bias towards characterizing problems as intellectual wherever possible. "If only people understood the issues, then there wouldn't be any argument." Or, "If only people would think logically, their disagreements would...
The Coming Inhumanity
Not so long ago I heard a story I found shocking at the time and that I still recall with unease. An editor of senior rank, middle aged, at a large, "conservative" Southwestern newspaper (located between Los Angeles and Dallas) which had employed him...
The Shibboleths of Academic Freedom
Utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer has for many years contemplated the mysteries of the human condition from his perch at Australia's Monash University. His studied conclusion, articulated in numerous articles and books, is that traditional morality...
Why Right-to-Lifers Won't Just Shut Up
Milwaukee, Wisc. Even when my friend Anne Dierks called for Arkansas Right to Life, and I explained that I seldom accept speaking engagements out of state, thank you very much, I knew I'd be here. I knew I'd say yes, I'll give the keynote at this year's...