The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, Fall

Abortion Politics 2008
For reasons quite plausible, even to people on the pro-life side, Rudolph Giuliani persists in standing well ahead of the pack of the Republican candidates for president. He has sounded the traditional Republican themes: preserving the Bush tax cuts,...
About This Issue . .
... the sad news of the death of Henry Hyde on November 29 came just as we were getting this issue ready for the printer. We were able, however, to reconfigure our pages to allow for a small tribute to a man who was a giant in the pro-life movement-the...
A Decidedly Unsappy Bella
Chick flicks are the caramel-lattés of romantic comedy-sweet and frothy, without much nutritional value. Chick flicks reheat the Cinderella story and serve it up with topping for a cozy evening: Boy meets girl, complications ensue, love saves the day-and...
A Lack of Prudence
In June, certain anti-abortion activists bought full-page newspaper ads featuring an "open letter" criticizing James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, for his "approval" of the Supreme Court's April 18 decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld...
Bella Is Beautiful
To watch the film Bella is to have one's heart moved, and to see the world with new eyes that are more than likely to have tears in them.Watch it once, and you will want to watch it again.The first time, you will wonder-with the intellect of the good...
Bush Bears Fruit
Throughout his presidency, the Science Intelligentsia has castigated President Bush for placing limits on the federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research (ESCR). Acting as if he had a banned ESCR, which of course he hadn't, "the scientists" and their...
Cultures of Death, Old and New
Relatively little attention has been paid to significant historical catalysts that preceded what later became known as the Holocaust. Long before Hitler murdered the Jews, he killed tens of thousands of Germans with disabilities. These citizens, deemed...
Introduction
We open this issue of the Review with senior editor William Murchison's essay on the confounding state of abortion politics one year before the 2008 presidential election. The announcement in November that evangelical leader Pat Robertson would endorse...
Living Wills & DNR: Is Patient Safety Compromised?
Do you have a Living Will? Do you know what it says? Could it be a danger to you? These are all important questions as the use of living wills and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders are on the rise. Contrary to the theory that the more something is used...
Neither Man nor Beast
Fact, it has been said, is stranger than fiction. And fiction can be pretty strange. Take, for instance, an 1896 novel by famous English thinker, H.G. Wells, "The Island of Dr. Moreau." As one can see from the date of its publication, the book was written...
Our War with Each Other
The moment screamed. And, oh, what a shriek it was! The New York Times's front-page headline read, "In a Surprise/Pat Robertson/Backs Giuliani." And in the story text: "Rudolph W. Giuliani is a supporter of gay and abortion rights . . . Pat Robertson,...
Survival of the Stupidest
Hey, did you hear the one about the woman who aborted her kid so she could save the planet?That's no joke, but Darwin must be chuckling somewhere.Toni Vernelli was one of two women recently featured in a London Daily Mail story about environmentalists...
The End of the Stem-Cell Wars
The stem cell wars are over. Leading scientists are telling us that they can pursue the most promising stem cell research without using-much less killing-human embryos. This breakthrough enables researchers to create human embryonic stem cells directly...
The New Underground Railroad and the Old: Abolitionists' Perspectives on Abortion
When discussing abortion, activists often draw parallels with slavery to support their views. For abortion supporters, legalizing abortion was a move to emancipate women and thus the Roe v. Wade decision should be seen as a modem-day analogue to the...
The Other Story from a "Pillow Angel"
Three years ago, a 6-year-old Seattle girl called Ashley, who had severe disabilities, was, at her parents' request, given a medical treatment called "growth attenuation" to prevent her growing. She had her uterus removed, had surgery on her breasts...
This Bud of Love
The new, enlarged photo of her father on the dresser seemed to waver in its walnut frame, the stripes in the American flag behind him buckling as he smiled out at the camera. She hadn't gone to the fundraising luncheon on the day it was taken because...
Unborn Persons, Incrementalism & the Silence of the Lambs
Paul Benjamin Linton-in his recent Human Life Review article, "Sacred Cows, Whole Hogs & Golden Calves" (Summer 2007)-writes about the efficacy of "incrementalism," which, he says, "seeks to reduce the number of (and perceived need for) abortions,...
"What's So Bad about Abortion?"
On Thursday, August 9, 2007, I attended a panel discussion at the Society for Ethical Culture on West 64th Street in New York City. Apparently, the founder of "Ethical Culture," which considers itself a religion for the "advancement of social justice,"...