The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter

About This Issue . .
. . . Winter 2007 marks the start of our thirty-third year of publishing-no small feat for a "niche" journal that was pretty much all alone out there when it launched into the national storm called up by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. In the time since,...
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". . . and God Will Make Him a Cake"
We buried little Finn on Saturday. He's near Harpers Ferry on a hill overlooking the Shenandoah River. Above him is a Marine guard, a casualty of the response to John Brown's raid. (Why was Robert E. Lee, a Colonel of Army Engineers, commanding United...
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A New Order for Life
Along the high plains of the Texas Panhandle, where the wind sweeps strong and the sun rises hot, the end of abortion in America is being planned and prayed for. Here, in a section of Amarillo known as "Little Vatican," the Missionaries of the Gospel...
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Fetal Pain: Real or Relative?
The worlds of philosophy and humor often intersect so that philosophers can sometimes be mistaken for comedians and vice versa. To the age-old question "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" one might not...
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Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad: The Anti-Human Values of "Animal Rights"
If you are reading these words, you are a human being. That used to matter morally. Indeed, it was once deemed a self-evident truth that being a Homo sapien created intrinsic moral value based simply and merely on being human-a principle sometimes called...
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In Monty's Bookshop
[The following is a work of fiction inspired by real events. This is the first in a series of short stories that Mary Kenny intends to write for the Human Life Review-ed.]They were always very kind to us, the couple who ran a little bookshop on the street...
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Introduction
For over three decades, this journal has fought for a truth that was once accepted without question: the inviolable moral worth of human beings, or, as Wesley J. Smith writes in our lead article, the principle of "human exceptionalism." This principle...
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Looking beyond Politics
Yesssssssssss! A new law-not a mere bill, an actual law, a legislative enactment-that, as of autumn 2006, sweeps abortion away! Terminates it (so to speak). Entrenches in public morality the right to be born.Well, all right, it's in Nicaragua. But these...
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Prevention First?
I was teaching a class on natural family planning recently, and one of the students asked my opinion on a current issue in New York State (where we both live): The state government is trying to require all employers who provide prescription-drug coverage...
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Suicide by Any Other Name
Oregon Officials seek Neutral Term for 'Assisted Suicide.'" That headline in the November 17, 2006 Oregonian (Oregon's largest newspaper), signaled crucial linguistic tweaks that assisted-suicide proponents hope will break their losing streak.The business...
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The Human Life Foundation: GREAT DEFENDER OF LIFE DINNER
October 25, 2006, New York CityHonoring Mary KennyFAITH McFADDEN:WELCOME, everyone-old friends and new,From near and far,especially the twowho arefrom across the pond,of whom my husband was extremely fond.(I didn't mean to rhyme; it just came out that...
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Who's Violent?
People tend to overestimate the risk of a rare, catastrophic event, and to underestimate the probability of a much more common, yet equally lethal, incident. For example, many people-especially after 9/11-believe that it is safer to drive a car than...
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Why Pro-Life Arguments Sound Absurd
Why do many "pro-choice" people find our arguments against early abortion not just unconvincing but absurd? Why are we often ridiculed for our opposition to the destruction of human embryos? In order to have any hope of winning such debates, defenders...
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