The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 4, Fall

Ashcroft to Oregon: Stop Breaking the Law
On November 6, 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a memorandum to Asa Hutchinson, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The memorandum, titled "Dispensing of Controlled Substances to Assist Suicide," directly affects the...
Cloning for Profit and Propaganda
MEMO November 26, 2001 From: Frank N. Stein To: Top Boss In re: Cloning for Profit and Progress Dear Sir or Madam: In line with the Campaign's security policies and in deference to your wish to remain out of the publicity glare, I am forwarding this...
Dr. Death Down Under
A recent survey of Australian doctors by the University of Newcastle found that more than one third of surgeons admit to having administered lethal doses of painkillers at the request of patients. Dr. Philip Nitschke thinks it's a crime that what they...
Freedom in Surrender: The Silver Linings of Fear and Uncertainty
The telephone rang, scaring me out of a sound sleep. I answered with a groggy "Hello." My daughter's panic-stricken voice was on the other end of the line: "Turn on the TV Dad! Planes are crashing into buildings in New York." Huh? Planes-plural? Buildings-plural?...
Grief and Grace at Ground Zero
Grief at Ground Zero draws you in. Twisted steel shafts of the World Trade Center facade, a once-proud part of the New York skyline, are like magnets pulling gazes their way, eliciting from viewers solemn awe and deep interior tears. The heaped ruins...
Hitler's Children
[This essay by Nancy L. Harvey-her last "formal" essay, dated February 2001-was read at her Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Church in Cuba, Missouri, July 26. It was sent to our office in August by her husband James, who had scribbled in the upper right-hand...
Introduction
IN HIS MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE (JANUARY 1), Pope John Paul II said: "Terrorism is built on contempt for human life.... Those who kill by acts of terrorism actually despair of humanity, of life, of the future." Terrorism, one might say, is...
Life and Liberty
It doesn't speak well for this country that Attorney General John Ashcroft is in the doghouse for issuing a ruling last week instructing federal drug agents to target doctors who prescribe lethal drugs under Oregon's assisted-suicide law. Critics say...
Mount Clone
Before discussing a Massachusetts company's cloning of a human embryo, let's try to establish some context. It is well known that many who oppose human cloning also oppose abortion, and vice-versa. This is the inevitably crude way the United States,...
No Birth and No Control: The IPPF Formula for a Brave New World
It is always a shock to have one's strongest suspicions confirmed. Thus, it was a shock, back in the summer, to be asked to comment on a leaked memo from the contraceptive giant International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). This memo, signed by...
No, It's a Moral Monstrosity
Dr. Michael West, the lead scientist on the team that recently cloned the first human embryos, believes his mission in life is "to end suffering and death." "For the sake of medicine," he informs us, "we need to set our fears aside." For the sake of...
Roe's Days Are Numbered
Roe v. Wade became the law of the land 29 years ago this January. Many who were teenagers in 1973 are now sending their own children off to college. Today's young adults, embarking on post-college careers or making wedding plans or counting down nine...
Sex Rediscovered
It was not precisely out of the blue that people decided there was nothing wrong with-as we say in these allegedly enlightened times-terminating a pregnancy. Pregnancy, one could note with some scientific justification, is a central element in sex. For...
The Birth of Hospice
Until not so long ago, in this country and throughout the West, religious voices were deemed an essential element in the public square. Indeed, as difficult as it may be for those born after 1960 to believe, the opinions of people motivated by religious...
The Ethicist's New Clothes
As the debate over stem cells and cloning grows, participants on all sides are rushing to show they've got ethics. Biotechnology companies have signed up ethicists to serve on advisory boards. President Bush says he'll appoint a Presidential Council...
The First Clone: Nobody's Child
The first of a race of laboratory human beings has been created, the first absolute orphan. The cloned embryo, unlike its IVF cousin, has no mother or father, and is intended for destruction. It is the identical twin of its tissue-donor, which might...
Too Big for Their Wooden Shoes
In the Netherlands, a remarkable development appears to be taking place. At the exact moment that the new law on euthanasia and assisted suicide is due to come into effect-and just as our Belgian neighbors are getting ready to enact a similar law-many...
When "Right" Collide
On the morning of September 11, 2001, a group of Islamic terrorists seized control of four planes carrying the usual assortment of men, women, and children and sacrificed them for the "higher end" of a jihad against the West. Almost unanimously, Americans...
While the Senate Sleeps
Around Thanksgiving-under a headline in the New York Times that read "24 Cow Clones, All Normal, Are Reported by Scientists: A Challenge to Arguments Against Human Cloning"-a company called Advanced Cell Technology announced that there was no need to...