The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, Summer

About This Issue. .
. . . as I write debate continues over Cardinal Timothy Dolan's decision to invite Barack Obama to this year's Al Smith dinner. I say "decision" because given the two precedents for not asking the presidential candidates to dine in an election year -...
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A Fact Ignored by the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released Born Too Soon, the first country-by-country comparison of national rates of pre-term birth. This 125page report, funded by dozens of public agencies and private foundations, claims to be "the global...
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A Grassroots Legislative Boom
A well-known line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid comes to mind. The amiable outlaws, hard as they try, can't shake a pursuing posse. "Who are these guys?," they keep asking. All that Butch and Sundance can be sure of is some uncomfortable destiny...
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Asexually Speaking
It was a clear fall day, and I was ready to give "the talk" to my 1 1 -year-old son. Like most dads, this was a moment I looked forward to, and dreaded. How would I begin to raise the issue, gauge my son's reaction, give him enough information but not...
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Blackballing Nat Hentoff
A couple weeks ago I got a call from Nat Hentoff. Hentoff, 86, is a legendary civil libertarian and journalist. He's at the point in his career when he should just be sitting back and receiving lifetime achievement awards. But there's one problem.Nat...
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"Death with Dignity" in Massachusetts
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, died of prostate cancer on May 20. Nearly three years earlier, on August 20, 2009, Scottish authorities had released him on compassionate grounds...
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Decor No Substitute for Safety
Last week, the Daily Beast wanted readers to "meet the woman in charge of the last abortion clinic in Mississippi." Why the introduction to Diane Derzis, who "embraces the moniker" of "abortion queen"? Her clinic was facing closure for failing to be...
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From the Archives (1985): Sound Doctrine Revisited
There is always a danger in inviting a former member of Congress to address present issues of public policy. The danger is a tendency toward retrospective nostalgia: to speak of what used to be rather than what is at hand; and the past tends to be magnified...
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How Pregnancy Centers "Love Them to Life"
"Denise, you better come and get this kid! I can't be a mother anymore!" That's what Denise Cucciolone heard when she answered the phone decades ago when the New Jersey pro-lifer was new to pregnancy counseling. (Later she served as the Birthright USA...
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Introduction
"Could it be said with any accuracy that the scaffolding on which the legal right to abortion rests is starting to sway in the wind and not be counted on to last forever?" Senior editor William Murchison poses this question in our lead article, "A Grassroots...
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Is Life Worth Living?
Many decades ago, in the infancy of television programming, and long before the word "televangelist" was thought up, Catholic Bishop (later Archbishop) Fulton J. Sheen brought to the air a show that, surprisingly, became a ratings star watched by viewers...
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Julie Beyel: A Bright, Blazing Light
the black, sticky gunk on the dirty city roads flies under Julie Beyel's car tires. It is just another errand on a seemingly ordinary summer day; at least for Julie, it is. She casually flicks on the radio and begins her monotonous drive.It is an election...
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Nellie Gray, R.I.P
June 24, 1924- August 13, 2012[The following remembrance originally appeared in a National Review Online symposium, posted August 17, 2012. The entire symposium can be accessed at: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/314271/no-shades-gray-nro-symposium]From...
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Sleeping with the Enemy?
"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm."- James Madison, Federalist #10When I write about the killing of innocent human beings through abortion, euthanasia, and destructive stem-cell research, I try to resist the temptation to stray into...
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Stem Cells before the Storm
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.- Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States (1809)1Summertime in Washington, specifically August, is when the city...
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The Problems of Perry: An Update
Back in August 2010, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that California's Proposition 8 - which defined marriage under the California constitution as a union of one man and one woman - violated...
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The Root of Confusion
O judgment! Thou art tiedto brutish beasts,And men have lost their reason.- "Julius Caesar," Act III, Scene 2The other day I saw a syndicated column about sex-selection abortion. That is, a mother's choosing to abort her baby because it's the "wrong"...
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The Stork's Cradle
In 2005, Dr. Taiji Hasuda, gynecologist/obstetrician and president of the board of directors of Jikei Hospital, a Catholic hospital in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, heard the horrific news of a newborn baby girl found dead in the sewage tank of an old-fashioned...
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The Unknown Scholars of Roe V. Wade
Justice Harry Blackmun noted in Roe v. Wade that "some scholars doubt that the common law ever was applied to abortion." Blackmun used the opinion of these scholars to support his more ambitious contention that, "A recent review of the common-law precedents...
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What One Person Can Do for Life
When my sister and I arrived at Camp Esther in 2010, a spunky, blonde woman with palpable joy and infectious enthusiasm rushed over to us. She hugged us tightly and said, "Hello, you precious girls! I haven't seen you since you were babies!" She was...
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