The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall

About This Issue . .
. . . Fall 2005 completes the Review's 31st year of publication. For twelve of those years John Muggeridge was a contributor and for the last six a senior editor. But his death November 25 came as an especially hard blow because he was first and foremost...
Another Modest Proposal
I am crazy about stem cells. They have such investment potential that I had been trying to convince my husband, who loves playing the market, to look into getting some before the price skyrocketed. He said he had to do more research first, but I decided...
A Protocol for Medical Murder
It might have been called "A Modest Proposal," recalling as it did Swift's satire proposing the eating of infants to solve the hunger problem. Yet this recent article was no satire. Tucked unassumingly into the slick pages of a New York Times Magazine...
Bad News for Pro-Lifers
Karlyn Bowman, who studies public opinion for the American Enterprise Institute, has compiled poll data about abortion from several years into one handy document. Her conclusion is that public opinion on the issue has been "remarkably stable." When Gallup...
Fetal Attraction
The journal Science late last month published the results of research conducted at Harvard proving that embryonic stem cells can be produced by a method that does not involve creating or destroying a living human embryo. Additional progress will be required...
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: What's Wrong with It?
Science does not take place in a vacuum. By this truism I do not mean what many would understand by it. I am not referring to the obvious fact that science takes place in society, and that many societies-indeed all "liberal" societies-are awash with...
Introduction
"TODAY WE WANT to know just one thing about a Supreme Court nominee: Where does he come down on Roe v. Wade? A Supreme Court nomination these days isn't about things like brains and integrity. It's about abortion." So writes Senior Editor William Murchison...
Irish Pro-Lifers: The Road Ahead
The pro-life movement in Ireland is still trying to recover from the body blow it received in the 2002 referendum. The 1992 "X case" had legalized abortion up to the moment of birth, and after ten years of pro-life campaigning the Irish government had...
Letters
AN IMMODEST PROPOSALAs scientists and readers of Commonweal for forty years, we are disappointed that you would print Jo McGowan's column on stem cells ("Another Modest Proposal," July 15). Such a dismissive treatment of a serious, promising subject...
No Shortage of Funds
The National Institutes of Health spent $24.3 million dollars on human embryonic stem-cell research last year. Critics of President Bush's policy of limiting federal funding to only those stem-cell lines derived before August 2001 worry that this amount-relative...
Red in Tooth and Claw
In 1973, the High Court of the U.S. handed down Roe v. Wade; just two years later, Peter Singer, the high priest of "Animal Liberation," handed down a book of the same name.1 The first marked a defeat for the belief that all human life is sacred and,...
Resisting a Culture of Death
One of the city's finest writers, Nat Hentoff, has been at the Village Voice for more than 50 years. While one can label this publication as a left of center staple, the award-winning Mr. Hentoff is much harder to categorize. Earlier this month, the...
Roe ÜBer Alles
Our time, this moment we all inhabit with varying degrees of appreciation, is-I was on the verge of saying "about as nutty" a time as anyone can remember experiencing or reading about. For the sake of a vanishing cultural ideal, i.e., civility, suppose...
Supreme Opportunity
An overwhelming majority of Americans (70-80 percent) support notifying parents before an abortion on a minor girl, and for good reason. Minors are usually too immature to assess the safety of abortion clinics, the alternatives to abortion, or to recall...
The Abortion Mythology of Roe V. Wade
The phoenix, the mythical bird that was said to rise anew from its own ashes, was invoked at the beginning of the document that was to become the theoretical cornerstone of Harry Blackmun's Roe v. Wade opinion: "The Phoenix of Abortional Freedom: Is...
Tiptoeing around Roe
Asked about Roe v. Wade during her 1981 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Judge Sandra Day O'Connor said it would be "improper for me to endorse or criticize that decision" since it might well "come back before the Court in one form or another." Things...
Umbilical Accord
Four million babies are born in this country every year, bearing gifts of inestimable value. Foremost among these, of course, is the love they bring into the world and elicit from it. More practically, however, these infants bring with them something...
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