The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring

Abortion and the "Catholic Right"
Abortion, along with the legal and social status of homosexuality, is the issue that above all causes secular liberals to identify "the Religious Right" as dangerous to American freedom. But in 2006 cracks began to appear on the Catholic side of "the...
About This Issue . .
... the Spring Review was largely "put to bed" before the Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal partial-birth abortion ban was announced on April 18. While we expect to have more in an upcoming issue, we were able to include here three appendices...
Back to Eden?
Ah, the dread of living in a traditional nursing home! Many people view it as life in a warehouse where residents are fork-lifted like so many boxes, carted around, and then dumped somewhere they don't want to be. Or a long stretch in solitary for inmates...
Children of Men: Read the Book!
A couple of months ago, several Murchisons rented the DVD of Children of Men, the then-new Alfonso Cuaron movie. At home, in front of our own television set, we watched soberly. I may have watched more soberly, not to say more skeptically, than the others....
Gonzalez V. Carhart
I'm not convinced that this week's Supreme Court decision on partial-birth abortion is as good as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says it is, but I certainly hope she is right. She says it is alarming; it reflects manifest hostility to the unlimited abortion...
Good May Yet Come
Justice Kennedy has given new meaning to the aphorism that "anything worth doing ... is worth doing badly." The decision Wednesday in Gonzales v. Carhart seems to have set off chains of euphoria-and alarm-in the land. The pro-lifers have shown a joy...
Introduction
WE OPEN THIS REVIEW with an article that will likely spark a vigorous debate. Many assume that the "religious right," Catholics and evangelical Christians, can be counted on to vote pro-life. Not necessarily so, says Catholic historian and Review contributor...
"Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?": A Study of Jaded Journalism
On a quiet day in October 2006, I received a phone call from Emily Bazelon. She identified herself as a writer for the New York Times Magazine and said she wanted to interview me for an article she was writing. I questioned her about what the point of...
Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome? A Symposium: The Right That Makes Women Grieve
Every so often, if only to protect its interests, the Eastern Establishment gets curious about what the natives are doing. So it sends its Stanleys and Livingstones-its scribes-out into the hinterland for a closer look. One recent adventure in pith-helmet...
Personally Opposed, But
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,people will eventually come to believe it.Attributed to Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945)Hitler's Minister of PropagandaI oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion.I believe life does begin at conception.Senator...
Poor God-Crazed Rhonda: Daring to Challenge the "Scientific" Consensus
We are not far into Emily Bazelon's New York Times article on the postabortion syndrome before she hands us some not-too-subtle clues as to how much faith we should put in the credibility of anti-abortion crusader Rhonda Arias. First of all, Arias wears...
Roe Hovers like a Malign Shadow
Concerning yesterday's decision in Gonzalez v. Carhart, a few preliminary observations based on a very quick reading:The Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence remains a singular embarrassment. That fact is well known by, and infuriating to, Roe's sophisticated...
Something No Woman Wants
Shortly before Christmas, I got an e-mail from the journalist and Slate.com editor Emily Bazelon. She said that she was writing an article for the New York Times Magazine about "women's experiences post-abortion." She said she hoped to talk to me that...
The Aftermath of Abortion Trauma
In my psychiatric practice over the past 40 years I have helped hundreds of women, men, and children grieve the loss of someone they loved. Grief and mourning is a universal human experience, shared by all cultures.When a beloved old person dies, his...
The Dark Side of Abortion
It is common knowledge that the culture of death has infiltrated every aspect of our culture. With this in mind, we are resigned to having our movies portray abortion and euthanasia in a positive light.Sometimes, however, Hollywood surprises us and unintentionally...
The Heartless Bastards
"Is There A Post-Abortion SyndromeT-Emily Bazelon, NYT Magazine, January 21, 2007"My God, what a bunch of heartless bastards populate these message boards"-" grn, April 10, 2007Is there a Post-Abortion Syndrome?I'm not sure. I don't exactly know when...
The Question Too Dangerous to Ask: What If Post-Abortion Syndrome Is Real?
There is an old adage about cross-examination at trial: "Never ask the witness a question if you don't know the answer." Given Emily Bazelon's legal training and undisclosed, yet strong, pro-abortion bias, her article-"Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?"...
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