The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring

Abortion Jurisprudence and Crist's Conflicted Court
Governor Crist and Florida's JudiciaryOn April 11, 2008 Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul G. Cantero announced his resignation. Less than two months later, on May 23, 2008, Justice Kenneth B. Bell also announced his resignation. These unanticipated...
About This Issue . .
. . . the "back of the book" in publishing parlance generally refers to whatever follows a magazine's featured editorial content, often books and arts reviews. In our case, it's a selection of Appendices - mostly reprinted material which our editors...
A 'Duty to Die'?
There was a time when some desperately poor societies had to abandon the elderly to their fate, but is that where we are today?One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to...
Assisted Suicide: The Montana Supreme Court Says Yes
"[Wjefind nothing in Montana Supreme Court precedent or Montana statutes indicating that physician aid in dying is against public policy. "'On the last day of 2009, when the Montana Supreme Court handed down its decision in an assisted-suicide case,...
Four Reasons You Might Be Aborted: An Open Letter to Fetal Humans
To my fellow humans who are entering that most precarious stage of human development.Let me begin by congratulating you on making it through the embryonic stage. Too many of our fellow humans don't even make it as far as you have now. Many died of natural...
FROM THE ARCHIVES (1976): The Theory of the Danforth Case
The late Justice Felix Frankfurter of the U.S. Supreme Court once remarked that "constitutional law ... is not at all a science but applied politics." There is much truth in what he said. Students of constitutional law understand the extent to which...
Girls in Trouble: A Play about Abortion
There is a fine line between propaganda and art. It happens all too often in the New York theatre scene that you go to a play addressing a hot-button issue, and realize ten minutes in that you are being force-fed one particular political view. Theatergoers...
Guilt, Hard Cases & the Urge to Knock on Wood
Dy the time I was 28 and pregnant with my first-born, I had already racked up many years of being "pro-life" - years that reached self-awareness roughly with passage of New York State's liberalized abortion law in 1970, when I was 14, and that eventually...
How Red States Reduce the Abortion Rate: A Response to Andrew Koppelman
Andrew Koppelman 's claim mat red states and die religious right increase abortions doesn't stand up to scrutiny.In recent years the pro-life position has made impressive gains in the court of public opinion. Because of this, a number of political liberals...
Introduction
It is likely that many of us have been in a situation similar to the one described by Ellen Wilson Fielding in our lead article ("Guilt, Hard Cases, and the Urge to Knock on Wood," p.7). We have been asked a wildly inappropriate question about abortion,...
Margaret Sanger and the Eugenics Movement
On a Sunday dedicated to honoring motherhood, May 1 1, 2010, the Denver Post chose to celebrate everything glaringly responsible for preventing or terminating motherhood. And, to someone like me who is slightly older than the "Pill" and who was 18 at...
Michigan's Cheap Date
"Don't wait for Bart Stupak to save the day."I said that three weeks ago, over and over again. I did it in part to encourage listeners to the radio show I was co-hosting to keep communicating with their congressmen. I said it too, of course, because...
New Findings Cast Increasing Doubt on Terri Schiavo's Death
During my family's battle to save my sister Terri Schiavo from death by dehydration, a tremendous amount of debate raged over whether or not she was in what the medical profession refers to as a persistent vegetative state (PVS).Indeed, the PVS diagnosis...
O Come Now, Emanuel: A Teenager's Notes from a Nursing Home
"Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now...
Pro-Life Democrats, R.I.P
And then there were none.When Bart Stupak announced Sunday he was now a "yes" on the health-care bill, six Democrats stood with him. Even that handful would have been enough to defeat the bill. Instead, they accepted the fig leaf of an executive order...
Spain: The Abortion Agenda
In November 2009, pro-life leaders from all over the world gathered in Spain for the Fourth Pro-Life World Congress. There were representatives of social organizations that support women and the unborn, scientists and doctors whose work is dedicated...
The Case for Pro-Life Democrats
Republicans have much to gain from the plight of pro-life Democrats in Congress. Representative Bart Stupak's acceptance of the compromise on the health care legislation - trading a firm, enforceable legislative ban on abortion funding for a dubious...
The Right Thing to Do
Thank you. I am grateful for Kate [O'Beirne] for that kind introduction. I am really delighted to be here with you this evening. I wish the First Lady of Minnesota could be here with me. . . . Before I left our house in Eagan, Minnesota, today I said...
The Road to Death on Demand
"There should be a booth on every corner where you could get a martini and a medal". No doubt Martin Amis was exaggerating for stylish effect, but he wasn't joking. After watching Alzheimer's disease reduce Iris Murdoch to spending her days gazing at...
The Tea Party and the Pro-Life Cause
Like its Colonial-era namesake, the modern Tea Party movement is about being overtaxed ("Taxed Enough Already"), underrepresented, and subject to the overbearing policies of a distant government. It has little to do with social issues like abortion or...
The Visitor
IncomingThe Visitor came from a ship that had been positioned about 100 million miles above the solar system, looking down on the whole spread of planets and other bodies spinning around this average star. In that ship were the comrades who had made...
Wesley J. Smith V. Matthew Scully: Animal Rights and Wrongs
This boy didn't come to the big city dangling from the bed of a '47 pickup, no, sir. He's been to a county fair or two, it's true, on which occasions he learned the value and necessity of standing delicately aside while rival pitchmen have at each other....