The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 4, Fall

Aborting Maturity
When I was living in New Mexico, one particular billboard on Highway 70 between Alamagordo and Las Cruces irritated me especially. WHAT'S THE GOOD WORD? the lettering above a picture showing a fastened seatbelt read: BUCKLE UP! The sign, with its echo...
Abortion: A Tool for Modern Times?
When we first read Christopher Caldwell's essay, "Pro-Lifestyle" (in The New Republic last April), it gave us pause. His argument is the following: the reason Republic last April)-, it -gave -us- pause. His argument -is -the there is such a split between...
Abortion Gridlock
Never-I repeat that, never-does the issue of abortion lurk far below the surface of American politics. Pick a day: for instance, the day on which I write these lines, a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, 1999. It is as I have said: the headlines tell...
A Crisis of Compassion
In the same week that newly arrived Kosovar refugees were lovingly served jellied fruit, custard and Anzac biscuits, given Bananas in Pyjamas raincoats for their kids, and put to bed beneath handmade quilts, a shocking story emerged about Australia's...
A New Strategy
Sixteen years after the last vote on a constitutional amendment on abortion in Congress and seven years after the Casey decision and the Clinton election, it is timely to ask: what are the goals of the cause for life? Renewed focus on goals, and the...
Barbara Boxer's Moment of Truth
Simple questions do not always yield simple answers, especially when asked on the floor of the United States Senate. Republican Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania spent several minutes Wednesday extracting a "yes" or "no" from his Democratic colleague, Barbara...
Herod 2000
[The following appeared in slightly different form in News Weekly the week of October 18. In response to the International Society of Abortion Doctors conference described here, the World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Life quickly organized a "rival"...
Introduction
THIS ISSUE COMPLETES OUR FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF PUBLICATION. As we take stock of where we are-here, at the tail-end of the millennium!-on our primary issue, abortion, we find Americans presenting a perplexing split-personality. On the one hand, over...
Is Greer Germane?
When I heard there was a new book out by Germaine Greer, I thought I should read it to see if there was anything "germane" in it for readers of this Review. I'd heard that the "feminist icon" had changed somewhat; that her views had "evolved" during...
Life, Death and the U.S. Senate
Once again, a majority of the U.S. Senate has voted to ban partial-birth abortion, which its defenders prefer to call "intact dilation and extraction." Multisyllabic, latinate words are always preferable when a speaker doesn't want to be too specific...
Lifestyle Trumps Morality
Christopher Caldwell quotes George W. Bush as saying, "America is not ready to ban abortion. " That is true enough, but Caldwell goes on to draw the conclusion that Bush's underlying message is that he is a pro-lifer one can vote for without fear that...
Not Making the Genetic Cut
As we all know only too well, the Media have seized upon the dying of our present century to engage vigorously in evaluating and ranking the past hundred years' most distinctive accomplishments. The May 16, 1999 issue of the New York Times, for example,...
Only Human: Animal Rights Guru Mirrors Nazis
[The following first appeared on the Op Ed Page of the New York Daily News on September 25, 1999 and is reprinted with the author's permission. Mr Leo is a contributing editor of U.S. News & World Report, and a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist.]...
Princeton and Its Principles
[The following editorial is reprinted with permission of The Weekly Standard, in whose November 1, 1999 issue it originally appeared (Copyright, 1999, News America Inc.) J. Bottum, the editorial's author, is the Standard's Books & Arts editor.] The...
Princeton's "Professor Death"
The crippled and the lame, on crutches and in wheelchairs, walking slowly with friends and family, will gather at Princeton University today to bear witness for humanity. Students with muscular, athletic bodies as well as the bowed and infirm will register...
Pro-Lifestyle
Texas Governor George W. Bush's remarks on abortion as he announced his presidential exploratory committee have jolted Republican politics. Bush claims to like his party's anti-abortion "tenor" and to favor a constitutional prohibition. But he's also...
Putting Feelings Aside: The Predicament of Peter Singer
The recommendation to "put feelings aside" in the killing of unwanted infants or senile old people recurs in the writings of Professor Peter Singer, the Australian newly appointed to the chair of bioethics at prestigious Princeton University. His is...
Raw Numbers
One irritating feature of the abortion debate is how the abortion-rights side tries to monopolize it. Not content just to make their argument, they make ours as well-and invariably badly. Take their attempt to define implantation rather than conception...
Suicide Unlimited in Oregon
Last week, Congress took up the issues of pain control and physician-assisted suicide, with the House voting 271-156 to pass the Pain Relief Promotion Act. The legislation, if passed, would improve pain control while deterring physician-assisted suicide....
Who's in Charge?
I'm in charge here," Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously rushed to say when President Reagan was temporarily laid low by John Hinckley's bullet. He was criticized and made the butt of jokes for this overly dramatic leap into the pilot's seat,...