The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, Summer

About This Issue . .
. . . "abortion," our late founding editor J.P. McFadden wrote in the Introduction to the first issue (Winter 1975), "is intimately linked to many other problems that confront Americans today, from such obviously related life-and-death issues as euthanasia...
A Brightness on the Road
I have friends who love e-mail "forwards," both getting and sending them; but I have successfully discouraged most of them from including me in their enthusiasms. I can do without the pop wisdom, soupy self-help advice, and astonishing pictures of vegetables...
A Life Worth Living
When Harriet McBryde Johnson died earlier this month at the age of 50 from a congenital neuromuscular disease, obituaries called her a "disability-rights activist." This is far too narrow a description of her life. She was less a traditional activist...
A Sexual Revolution
Back in my pro-choice days, I read that in certain ancient societies it was common for parents to abandon unwanted newborns, leaving them to die of exposure. I found these stories to be as perplexing as they were horrifying. How could this happen? I...
Brave New Obama
In an election year during which the Democratic party has erroneously claimed to have softened its abortion platform, Barack Obama has dug himself a deep hole in and around the issue. While in the Illinois senate, the former state legislator opposed...
Don't Be Down on Palin
John McCain could save lives with his vice-presidential pick."I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"That's Alaska's Republican governor,...
Feminists for Life on Campus
"I understand why people want to say no to abortion," Serrin Foster remarks. "But what drives Feminists for Life is how we say yes to women, yes to life. And honor fathers. . . . Celebrate womanhood, but honor fathers, and cherish every life."1 As president...
Futile-Care Theory: Assisted Suicide's First Cousin
When Samuel Golubchuk's family told doctors at Winnipeg's Grace General Hospital that they wanted his life support maintained, they were stunned to hear that his doctors intended to remove his life support - even though doing so would violate their patient's...
Identity, Abortion and Walker Percy
When a number of books about the American Civil War appeared in the late 1950s, including Bruce Catton's This Hallowed Ground and Shelby Foote's Shiloh, the novelist Walker Percy (1916-1990) accounted for the resurgent interest in the long-ago war by...
Introduction
We are proud to open this issue with the incomparable voice of George McKenna, whose lead essay goes to the heart of what matters: the truth. Yet "Lying: Occasional and Organized" is an apt description of our age. McKenna acknowledges that lying is especially...
John McCain, Here Is Your Vice President
In 2006, Sarah Palin became Alaska's youngest and first woman governor after having earned a reputation as a determined and successful advocate of ethics reform in politics. In the primary, she defeated an incumbent Republican governor and then a former...
Life with Obama
The tiny newborn baby made very little noise as he struggled to breathe. He lacked the strength to cry. He had been born four months premature."At that age," says nurse Jill Stanek, "their lungs haven't matured."Stanek is the nurse who found herself...
Lying: Occasional and Organized
"Truth, though powerless and always defeated in a head-on clash with the powers that be, possesses a strength of its own."-Hannah ArendtI have this recurring fantasy about running for office with the promise, "I will seldom lie to you." It would not...
No Babies & the Times
Pity the New York Times. With birthrates in much of the Western world plummeting to below replacement levels in recent decades, the central premise of its favored strain of liberalism has crashed along with the fabled population bomb, popularized by...
"Oregon Plus One" Equals Fifty?
In May 2008, 64-year-old retired school bus driver Barbara Wagner received bad news from her doctor. She found out that her cancer, which had been in remission for two years, had returned. Then, she got some good news. Her doctor gave her a prescription...
Terri's Ghost
Strange.Hardly a sound. A few rustlings in the underbrush, a twig breaking here and there. No more man me odd whisper now from a tempest-a political ruckus of the first order-deemed likely only a few years ago to haunt the 2008 presidential campaign.Terri...
The Baby or the Tiger?
The scene is right out of a horror movie. Our hero walks down a country lane a little after dusk and hears strange noises in the woods. He rounds a bend to find a body in pieces all over the path. Of course, the remains are human. As our hero later described...
The Born-Alive Act and the Undoing of Obama
In an interview with the Rev. Rick Warren, Barack Obama was asked about abortion, and he remarked that it was a serious, vexing "moral" question. On the matter of when human life began, he said, that "whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective...
The NAACP and Black Abortions
At the Good Counsel shelters for homeless pregnant women in New York, yesterday was business as usual: pregnant moms getting ready to deliver, other mothers feeding their children, still others going off to school or training for new jobs.There is a...
Toward the New Future
"This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives." That sentence appeared in the article by President Ronald Reagan in the Spring [1983] issue of this review. Mr. Reagan...
United Methodism on Abortion
The United Methodist Church's General Conference is composed of nearly 1,000 delegates (lay and clergy) from around the world. It assembles every four years and determines-after deliberating and voting-what The United Methodist Church is to teach and...
We Shall Not Weary, We Shall Not Rest
Once again this year, the National Right to Life convention is partly a reunion of veterans from battles past and partly a youth rally of those recruited for the battles to come. And that is just what it should be. The pro-life movement that began in...