The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Summer

About This Issue . .
. . . when National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru emailed a while back asking if we'd be interested in an article from him that would answer critics of his 2006 book, The Party of Death, we couldn't say Yes! fast enough. Over the years we've reprinted...
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Anne Ridler and the Poetry of Life
Poetry might not seem the most persuasive means of changing minds in the debate over abortion. What was it Yeats said?The rhetorician would deceive his neighbors,The sentimentalist himself; while art is but a vision of reality.Yet reality is at the heart...
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Boomers Go Bust
A long, long time ago I had a boss in the newspaper business whose favorite column lede (thus we ink-stained wretches were accustomed to spell "lead") was, "I hate to tell you so, but I told you so." It was an arch and at the same time muscle-flexing...
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Challenging Feminist Orthodoxy
When Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law new regulations for Missouri abortion clinics this month, the critical response from abortion-rights groups highlighted a hotly contested question in today's abortion debate: Which side cares more about women?For...
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Harold O.J. Brown (1933-2007)
Whether in foul weather or fair, a bicyclist would sometimes suddenly emerge from an opening in the neighboring woods. The bicyclist would then ride pell-mell on a dirt path across a meadow toward a divinity school, located in the northern suburbs of...
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Human at Conception: The 14th Amendment & the Acquisition of Personhood
Long-established Constitutional law entitles each individual to human rights and the equal protection of the law. Ratified on July 9,1868, the Fourteenth Amendment states: ". .. nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without...
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In Cases of Rape
When a woman who has been the victim of rape enters the emergency room of a Catholic hospital in America, what type of medical treatment will she receive?Surprisingly, there is no simple answer to this question-because the treatment of a rape victim...
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Introduction
How fitting that we open this issue with an article that concludes: "The intellectual high ground is now ours"-though we would say it always has been. My late father, J. P. McFadden, founded this Review with the conviction that there could be no equivalent...
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Making the Most of the Presidential Debates
There they are: the 2008 presidential candidates, all spiffed-up and ready to go. They are standing under television lights on a streamlined, red-white-and-blue stage. They're about to start another presidential debate, and millions of American voters...
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President Bush Was Right . . . Scientifically and Morally
My dad is completely confined to his bed or a wheel chair now. The Parkinson's disease has also mostly destroyed his ability to speak, and now even his mind is tragically diminished. Mom is better off, but her Alzheimer's continues to rob her day by...
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Sacred Cows, Whole Hogs & Golden Calves
The pro-life movement is bedeviled by three ways of thinking that seriously impede its progress in eradicating the scourge of abortion from our law and our land. The first, which I call the "Sacred Cow" syndrome, is the uncritical acceptance of the opinions...
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Ten Reasons Why We're Winning
The pro-life movement is closer to achieving its goal of restoring protection to children in the womb than most people involved in the movement realize. As I travel the nation and work full-time to end abortion, I see many signs of this success and speak...
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The Afterparty of Death
I.The Party of Death was the first mass-market pro-life book in a generation. Bernard Nathanson's Aborting America came out in 1979, the same year as John Noonan's A Private Choice; President Reagan's Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation, first published...
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The False Choice between Development and Daughters
Right now, in almost any corner of the world, a baby girl is being killed just because she is a girl. Her mother may be rich or poor, educated or uneducated. One thing is certain: She is not alone. She is part of a growing global trend of sex selective...
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The Fictional Post-Roe Prison Rush
"I want to put them in jail for a long time and make sure we have GPS on them for the rest of their lives. One strike and they're ours. I want to know where they are forever."That was Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in Iowa this August, talking...
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The Foundations of American Freedom
Anthony DeCicco, 73, the former mayor of Raritan, N.J., is known to his friends by the nickname "Shakey." While he was mayor, DeCicco couldn't help but notice the conduct of some of Raritan's young: They'd taken to congregating near Shakey's restaurant...
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The Seamless Garment Reconfigured
Hawks and social conservatives in the United States find themselves in a delicate coalition that will either solidify or disperse. Can it survive Giuliani and his campaign for the Republican nomination for president? He says he's against terrorism and...
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Viewing Abortion Objectively
Whether one is a journalist or a judge, a senator or a scientist, a physician or a philosopher, objectivity is not merely an ideal, but a standard. This is the consensus view; the alternatives-bias, prejudice, subjectivity, and partiality-are universally...
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