The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter

Arguing for Infanticide
Of all the arguments advanced against the legalization of abortion, the one that always struck me as the most questionable is the most consequential: that the widespread acceptance of abortion would lead to a profound moral shift in our culture, a great...
Bring Back the Christians
I don't want to be controversial, but it seems to me that women have made a complete mess of the so-called equality they have been given in the last 35 years. Given the fact that the most significant "right" they have acquired during this period has...
Can We Clone Souls?
The most absorbing topic in this life continues to be-life itself. Life and what we do with it: live it, take it, multiply it, diminish it, whatever. Every option, rightly or wrongly, is on the modern table. The possibilities for a journal calling itself...
Infanticide Chic?
The recent much-publicized cases of teenagers killing their newborns have invited a great deal of commentary; so, when I saw an article in the November 2 New York Times Magazine, "Why They Kill Their Newborns," I wasn't surprised. But what author Steven...
Infanticide for Beginners
It was the issue of abortion that taught me to be suspicious of the word "reform." It was the early 1960s and all right-minded people were in favor of "abortion reform." I assumed I should be too until it gradually dawned on me, slow learner that I was,...
Introduction
This issue, which begins our twenty-fourth year of continuous publication (nobody is more surprised than we are that we've lasted this long!), faced us with a delightful dilemma: How should we begin it? We were sorely tempted to start right off with...
It's OK to Kill Babies? and That's Fit to Print?
"It was," said my brother-in-law, "the single most disturbing piece I've read in a newspaper in a long, long time." My brother-in-law is given to hyperbole on occasion, but not this time. The piece in question appeared in the Nov. 2 edition of The New...
No Bomb, No Book
His first thought on that early June morning in 1993 was that "bombs must be going off all over campus this morning." He had just pulled the plastic zip cord on a book package; white smoke had billowed out, and then there had been a blinding flash. It...
Of Babies and Mice
Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask what country I'm living in. Is this really the end of the 20th century? With all the wisdom of the ages to draw upon, how have we become so lost? The last time I got this feeling was after reading a ghoulish,...
"Right" and Wrongs
Lately I have been considering the relationship between democracy and humility-or the lack thereof. A recent Washington Post (Sept. 10, 1997) carried a story about a Midwestern Republican representative who had cosponsored the bill awarding Mother Teresa...
The Legacy of Justice William Brennan
The death of Justice William Brennan in July 1997 was memorialized by a rich array of editorials, eulogies, and articles praising his personal warmth, charm, intellect, and his constitutional vision. President Clinton, speaking at his funeral, said:...
Tough Talk on "Neonaticide"
I don't read the New York Times Magazine much anymore. It's gotten so full of color splashes and jazzy little boxes and sidebars that it gives me vertigo. I always mean to read it, since I paid for it, but I just don't get around to it. It goes into...
World Population Implosion?
Over the past several years, some of the world's best demographers have begun a dramatic reassessment of the world's demographic future. They are now seriously proposing the possibility that the world's population rather than continuing to increase will...