The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, Winter

About This Issue. .
... in an interview about The Debate Since Roe, the collection of Review essays I edited last year, I told Kathryn Lopez of National Review Online that the hardest thing about doing the book "was having to leave so many excellent essays out" (see Appendix...
Arguing for Human Dignity in Bioethics & Public Policy: A Reply to Wesley J. Smith
A man who has no assured and ever present belief in the existence of a personal God or of a future existence with retribution and reward, can have for his rule of life, as far as I can see, only to follow those impulses and instincts which are the strongest...
"Coffee Shop Babies" & the Sanctity of Life
Does a child have a right to parents? Does a child have a right to be reared by those parents ? Should a parent ordinarily give life to a child and then get out of the child's life? Even if the parent wishes to do so, should society allow it?Most people...
Combating Roe: One Word at a Time
On January 23, opponents of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling will gather as they have for almost 40 years now, to protest the decision. To keep a record of mese dark years for human life, the Human Life Review was established. They have a volume,...
From the Archives: The Aborting Community (1982)
"The lady's daughter died drinking milk."-OLD INDIAN PROVERBToday a woman has not conceived a child until she has decided not to abort it. True, she may carry within her a mass of protoplasm with a unique chromosomal structure, exhibiting independent...
Geron & the Demise of Embryonic Stem-Cell Science
It was to be the "new dawn" of stem-cell science, but it turned out to be a false dawn. Every year for a decade the press releases of Geron Corporation, a stem-cell company in the U.S., reassured investors that their first-in-theworld treatment using...
Introduction
"H as President Obama - has any president - the right to drive a tank over profound religious objections to policy?" So asks senior editor William Murchison about the controversial Health and Human Services mandate announced by Kathleen Sibelius on January...
It's about the Constitution, Not Contraception
No one is seeking to outlaw contraception. Contraception is readily available across the country at a low cost. Many insurance plans already cover it, and for tiiose whose plans do not, low-cost riders are often available. Access to contraception is...
Law and the Gospel of Life
Reflecting on Archbishop Dolan's powerful message tonight, I would like to make three points. First, Archbishop Dolan is telling a story about two visions of law with completely different perspectives on human dignity. On me one hand, die law of the...
Law & the Gospel of Life
Renata, thank you! Father McShane and brother priests; faculty and students of this distinguished university and School of Law; members of the Institute on Religion, Law, and Lawyer's Work; friends one and all:I sure appreciate the invitation and welcome....
Of Kangaroos and Kings
Antiques Roadshow is a popular TV program that features nothing but happy endings. People bring various artifacts of unknown value for expert appraisal. Invariably, these experts, who have astonishing knowledge in their respective fields, appraise these...
On My Mind
For the last several years members of the St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) Community have joined other Orthodox Christians in Washington D.C. for the March for Life. Two things caught my attention this year that are worth some reflection....
The Impact of Abortion on Future Pregnancies
Infant mortality rate is an important indicator of the health and well-being of a nation. Currently, America ranks 46th in the world among nations with the highest infant mortality rate. Premature birth is one of the leading causes of infant deams, and...
The Theology of ObamaCare
What it's all about - I am paraphrasing conventional mythology - is The Pill. Or all the other well-advertised, widely resorted-to modes and means of contraception. If you don't see prevention of pregnancy as a vital human right, it's no wonder you fear...
What Horton Heard
A. new film version of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax hit theaters in time to coincide with March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss (the pseudonym of Theodor Seuss Geisel), a date beloved of primary-school teachers and children's librarians. The massive pre-release...
What's a Pro-Lifer to Do?
What do you do when an organization announces it will stop funding the largest abortionist in the country one day and retreats with apologies the next?Parents of young children are accustomed to the situation where a child passionately promises, "I will...
Why Abortion Is Bad for America
Thank you for having me. This is such an important issue for me, that I had written out a speech - some of the things I wanted to say to you tonight -and then I lost it. So I brought my - I re- wrote it in a note here, so you'll forgive me, I'm a little...