The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, Summer

Abortion and Sexual Assault
On the controversial issue of the moral permissibility of abortion, we find three basic points of view: 1) Abortion is morally unproblematic and access to it should not be limited in any way. 2) Abortion is generally morally wrong but ought to be allowed...
Abortion Kills Dialogue: Why Notre Dame Should Not Have Honored Barack Obama
When the University of Notre Dame invited President Barack Obama to address its 2009 commencement and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, the angry public reaction from pro-life Catholics - including scores of protests from individual Catholic...
About This Issue . .
. . . as the Age of Obama unfolds at warp speed, pro-lifers are buffeted along with conservatives in general - conservatives in this case being all those who wish to conserve some semblance of the, yes, messy democratic institutions we're being told...
Choosing Life
For Kelly and Darin, a married couple in Florida, the cute cartoon figures on the Choose Life license plate presaged an even cuter baby: the real baby girl they adopted with help from the Choose Life program."I would see those Choose Life plates around...
Dancing with the Saints
We live in a society that has exempted the value of life from the democratic process by making life an individual constitutional right.1 However, despite this and the fact that there is now little serious disagreement that life exists before birth, unborn...
Human Life Is More Than a Distraction
Don't underestimate the power of President Barack Obama. This White House administration marks an age of transformation - Obama said so himself. And let's face it, D.C. is certainly changing."The day I'm inaugurated, the country looks at itself differently....
I Am Finally Scared of a White House Administration
I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoove's FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights without blinking. But now I am finally scared of a White House administration. President Obama's...
Introduction
That human life is Life, formed and touched by the hand of God, is something we 're just plain not going to admit. Many had rather, with hands over hearts, lament the plight of chickens and apes and spiders and geese, provided Man can be blamed or, better...
Let's Hear It for Humanity
After we came out of church," the ever-observant James Boswell related, "we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that everything in the universe is merely ideal. I observed,...
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Power
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."So reads the second paragraph of the Declaration...
My Controversial Choice to Become Pro-Life
It took me a long time, when I was much younger, to understand a conversation like the one a nine-year-old boy was having recently at the dinner table with his mother, a physician who performs abortions. I heard the story from her husband when he found...
Nobel Lecture
As we have gathered here together to thank God for the Nobel Peace Prize I think it will be beautiful that we pray the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi which always surprises me very much - we pray this prayer every day after Holy Communion, because it...
Scrambled Ethics
On May 12, my colleagues on the ethics committee of New York's Empire State Stem Cell Board voted overwhelmingly to recommend that state funds be awarded to researchers who have paid women for their "time and burden" in the retrieval of their eggs for...
So Three Cows Walk into Court . .
Imagine you are a cattle rancher looking for liability insurance. You meet with your broker, who, as expected, asks a series of questions to gauge your suitability for coverage:Have you ever been sued by your cattle?If the answer is yes, what was the...
The Post-Christian Public Square
Whether we are for it or against it, the accelerating secularization of what used to be called Western civilization (and what we may here perhaps less polemically refer to as Europe and its offshoots) is observable fact. The less prosperous and generally...
The Stem-Cell Follies
I can't say Fay e Kellerman is one of my favorite authors, but she does write about interesting situations, and what I've found most fascinating about her mystery novels is their descriptions of the daily life of an Orthodox Jewish family. Her two main...
"The Story of Tom Thumb"
[The following are excerpts from the April 13, 1991 testimony of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune at the trial of Alexander Loce (New Jersey v. Alexander Loce et. als.)]Q. Dr. Lejeune, could you please describe the process of human reproduction?A: It is a very long...
The Triumph of Eugenics in Prenatal Testing
Part 1: How It HappenedIf eugenics is a dirty word," said University of Wisconsin geneticist James Crow in 1972, "we can find something else that means the same thing." And he pointedly asked, "How far should we defend the right of a parent to produce...
Why the Equal Protection Clause Cannot "Fix" Abortion Law
Thirty-five years after Roe v. Wade1 was decided, it continues to face tremendous opposition from the general public.2 The Supreme Court has acknowledged the "intensively divisive controversy" Roe engendered,3 yet the Court has deprived the people of...
William Wilberforce and the Fight for Life
In the spring of 1797, after devoting ten years of his life to the fight to abolish the slave trade, William Wilberforce (1759-1833) saw his hopes for abolition once again dashed when the House of Commons voted to refer the issue to the colonial legislatures,...