The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, Fall

Abortion Law Is Family Law
Questions about "abortion and the law" are usually seen as matters of constitutional law. Constitutional law, however, seems ill-suited. This is not only because the U.S. Supreme Court discovered a "constitutional right" for something that had been banned...
About This Issue . .
. . . "Open Hearts, Open Minds and Fair Minded Words - A Conference on Life & Choice in the Abortion Debate" was held in the hallowed halls of Princeton this past October with the university's own Peter Singer - godfather of the present-day infanticide...
A Nation Turns Away from Abortion
As the United Nations, encouraged by the US Administration, presses on with advancing abortion across the globe as a form of family planning - and even a human right - not all countries have embraced this practice. As reported in MercatorNet last year,...
A Tale of Two Australians: John Finnis & Peter Singer Debate the "Moral Status" of the "Fetus"
Both men are Australian by birth. Both are married with children; they are close in age, John Finnis being 70 and Peter Singer 64. Both taught at Oxford University as colleagues in the 1970s (Finnis is still there). Both are world-renowned philosophers:...
Charity, without Compromise
Back when I was but 1 8 years old, I walked into the campus-ministry office of a northeastern Catholic college. One of the directors of the program there warmly welcomed me. She asked my major. It was politics at the time. Still warm and seemingly interested,...
Fighting for Life
One cold, wet day in San Jose, California, I was stuck inside my childhood home, looking for a book to read. Because I was homeschooled, the daughter of passionate book lovers, and one of eight children, our home was full of books of all kinds. It was...
From the Archives: A Letter to the Women's Lobby (1978)
Your letter of December 19th, asking me for a contribution to the Women's Lobby campaign against anti-abortion Congressional candidates was buried under the Christmas and New Year's mail. It has now surfaced in my inbasket.Having read it, / must ask...
Hundreds of Pro-Life Student Groups Sweeping across U.S. College Campuses
[John Jalsevac reports for LifeSiteNews.com where this story appeared December 9, 2010. Reprinted with permission. Copyright ©2010 LifeSiteNews.com, Inc. All rights reserved.]December 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In 1996 a sobering Gallup Poll was released...
Infanticide Must Be Combated-Carefully
Defenders of Peter Singer like to say that his critics are just too dull to understand what he is really saying. As proof, Singer's defenders note that opponents of his views often compare him to Hitler. And it is true: Some are so appalled by his advocacy...
Introduction
This final Review of 2010 opens with a look at the year's startling political reversals, due in no small part to the re-emergence of abortion as a deciding issue. As senior editor William Murchison writes in "Playing Political Chess," in the fall of...
Joy Drops
"It's not enough to talk about the right to life; we must talk about, and celebrate, the joy of life as well."- Mary Meehan, Human Life Review, Winter 2010, p. 53I am a volunteer who visits elderly and disabled persons in nursing homes. Altogether, I...
Notes on What Eye Saw at Princeton
About the moral status of the phrase "the fetus," I will just say this. As used in the conference program and website, which are not medical contexts, it is offensive, dehumanizing, prejudicial, manipulative. Used in this context, exclusively and in...
Playing Political Chess
You know, it's no bad face. In fact, it's quite a good one - boyish, you could say; the senior-class president come of age. There's the cleft chin and the shock of graying hair that sags across the forehead. There's the notunpleasing tendency to squint...
Pornography & the End of Eros
From the 1980s on, feminists and social conservatives found common cause in opposing pornography. Feminists emphasized the depersonalizing and objectifying of women and conservatives focused on the devaluation of sex from something holy to the merely...
Saving Dad
The doctor's face was grave as he spoke about my father's condition and offered us the options. We could choose aggressive care, a term that sounded rough in his throat, or we could opt for comfort care, a more warm and attractive sound. We could have...
Slouching towards Sodom
On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court, in its Gonzales v. Carhart decision, upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion. In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg complained that the ruling treated sympathetically such traditional notions as "the bond of love...
The Ethics of Fetal Pain
The science of fetal pain remains uncertain, but we still have a duty to avoid the possibility of inflicting undue suffering.A much-discussed new law in the state of Nebraska has banned abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, citing the contested...
The Human Life Foundation's 8th Annual Great Defender of Life Dinner
HONORINGWilliam McGurnOCTOBER 28, 2010THE UNION LEAGUE CLUBNEW YORK CITYFaith McFadden:Welcome! Welcome, friends from far and nearAnd you who are first-timers hereTo help us celebrateThe great defender of life award dinner - numero eight!As many of you...
The Other F-Word
The last time I had the opportunity of discoursing with Peter Singer was in May 1998 in the Philosophy Society at Oxford, right behind the College where we were colleagues for a while in the 1970s. The topic in 1998 was "Brain Death," and we had a fair...
Women, Abortion, and the Brain
I (EBV) teach a multidisciplinary seminar at New York University called "Abortion: Examining the Issues." In this course we look at abortion from a wide range of perspectives - legal, medical, psychological, political, religious, ethical, and others....