The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, Summer

Abortion and Traditonal Judaism: Feticide in the MeAm Lo'ez
"Blessed are You 0 God, who sanctified the embryo in his mother's womb ... You clothed him with skin and flesh, and knit him together with nerves and bones. You provided him with nourishment and life, and You prepared two angels to guard him in his mother's...
Cells, Fetuses, and Logic
Who is being sentimental, who rational, in this debate? Americans' attitudes toward abortion are notoriously muddled. But it is safe to say that they tend to dislike pro-lifers more than pro-choicers, even when they themselves favor curbs on abortion....
Cloning, Stem Cells, and Beyond
Last week's vote in the House to ban human cloning is something to celebrate. It may even be something momentous. The House passed, by 265 to 162, a bill sponsored by representative Dave Weldon of Florida that would ban the creation of all human clones....
Hard Cell
When President Bush meets the pope today, one of the issues they're sure to discuss is the controversy over embryonic stem-cell research. Mr. Bush is reportedly struggling with the decision of whether to accept a last-minute Clinton decision that would...
Introduction
The SUMMER oF 2001 may well be remembered as the summer of The Great Stem-Cell Debate; we have devoted a good portion of the journal to the subject that caught the country's attention and was the subject of President Bush's first major televised address...
Matters of Life, Death-And Politics
So we're all frothing along, wondering where Chandra Levy might be, and whether Gary Condit should resign, when up pops the question of stem-cell research. Then a televised presidential address; and a general surfacing and spouting by bio-ethicists;...
Only Human
In one of the creepiest scenarios in Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick's new movie A.L, there is something called a Flesh Fair. In this sci-fi fantasy, human beings have developed technology so refined that they can create mechanical humans that appear...
Politics Trumps Science
It is becoming increasingly clear that the public is not being given the straight scoop in the great embryonic stem-cell debate. This unfortunate reality was illustrated by some very welcome, if unexpected, reporting by the Washington Post last Friday....
Pregnant Pause: Where Do Frozen Embryos Belong?
They rest at temperatures approaching absolute zero, in a state of suspended animation. Conceived in a manner inconceivable in our fathers' youth, they are truly sui generis, the in vitro product of disembodied male and female gametes, the offspring...
President Reagan Would Have Opposed ESCR
Advocates for embryonic stem cell research are pulling out all the stops, hoping President Bush will approve federal funding. A really big gun was brought out last week when former first lady Nancy Reagan joined two Reagan administration aides-Michael...
Preventing a Brave New World
The urgency of the great political struggles of the twentieth century, successfully waged against totalitarianisms first right and then left, seems to have blinded many people to a deeper and ultimately darker truth about the present age: all contemporary...
Speaking of Miracles
It is not a simple matter to just walk into Israel, plant a tree, and go home. I've lived long enough to understand that, and I also understand that Israelis are just as cautious about who leaves their country as they are about who enters it (terrorists...
Starved to Death by Order of the Court
One of the most significant international treaties of the post-war era came into force on September 3, 1953. Called the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, it was agreed by member governments of the Council...
The Great Stem Cell Hoax
Sanity and prudence combined to produce a great victory on July 31 when the House of Representatives overwhelmingly defeated-the margin was over 100 votes-the legalization of early human embryonic cloning. But the fight is not over. The Senate needs...
The Sordid Isolation of Great Britain
George W. Bush's visit to John Paul II this week was not a summit, but a pilgrimage. Perhaps "Castelgandolfo" will enter history, as "Canossa" did a thousand years ago. Just as the Emperor Henry IV submitted to Pope Gregory VII, so the President deferred...
The Stem-Cell Slide
I wish I could say that the president's speech to the nation on stem cells was as good as I had hoped. It was in many ways a wonderful speech: deeper and more philosophical than I have ever heard a president deliver, unusually balanced and fair in presenting...
Toward That Brave New World
Most Americans could sympathize with their president last week as he tussled with the weighty question of whether the federal government should support research on stem cells taken from human embryos. His decision: Yes, to a certain extent. Measuring...