The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 4, Fall

An Act of Judicial Infamy
It probably was inevitable that partial-birth abortion would become, as it did some while ago, a sacrament in the Church of "Choice." That sect's theology cannot risk conceding that what is killed in an abortion ever possesses more moral significance...
A "Teachable Moment" Lost on Gore
Typically, when defenders of legal abortion are confronted with an argument that exposes the deficiencies of their position, they resort to one of two defenses: evasion or cant. It doesn't matter which. Their only objective is to change or obscure the...
Here Come the Judges: The Courts in the Balance
Both George Bush and Al Gore are attempting to make the selection of judges an issue in the upcoming election. If they succeed, it will be one of the few times-- perhaps the only time-the electorate has been moved by that issue. Gore has put the matter...
Introduction
This last issue of the year 2000 finds us in the final heat of the presidential election season. Due to our publishing schedule, by the time you read this the elections may be over-but not to fear: that won't diminish the importance of anything written...
Ireland's Abortion Impasse
Before proceeding with the main subject matter of this article, a little refresher course as to the abortion situation in Ireland is in order. In 1992 Ireland was faced with the case of "Miss X." a 14-year-old made pregnant by her neighbour, a friend...
On the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2000
Chairman Canady, Members of the Committee: My name is Hadley Arkes. I am currently the Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College. I've taught at Amherst since 1966, with the exception of several years in which...
Rolling Back Roe
It was long ago, in a country far away, and still the legend resonates. King Gordius of Phrygia, by means of an intricate knot, lashed his chariot to a pole. And he left, in the keeping of his descendants, a prophecy; or maybe the prophecy just evolved-no...
Stenberg V. Carhart
The Supreme Court's Stenberg v. Carhart decision, handed down on June 28 2000, though not unexpected, was nonetheless a terrible blow for those who would defend the life of the unborn. The Court had been asked to review the State of Nebraska's ban on...
The Dehumanization of Robert Wendland
"We conclude," the California Court of Appeals ruled, that "there should be no [legal] presumption in favor of continued existence." The man whose life was at stake in the court's ruling is Robert Wendland, age 46. He is cognitively disabled after a...
The Reality of Motherhood
Donald DeMarco, professor of philosophy at St. Jerome's University in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), is a member of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission. The author of 17 books, his latest is titled New Perspectives on Contraception, with an introduction...
The Revealing Pill
It seems that the use of the medication mifepristone (popularly known as RU486) combined with the prostaglandin misoprostal is the preferred form of abortion in something like 14 countries, including most of Europe, the United Kingdom, and Israel. And...
The Scheidler Case: Conning the Court with RICO
There's an adage that has long served activists in the anti-abortion movement: "There are no heroes in this battle, only foot soldiers." For many pro-lifers this was the hard-headed and humbling self-assessment they needed to sustain them during their...
The Sleeper Effect
A startling thought is occurring to the folks who study the impact of divorce on children: A good divorce may be much worse than a bad marriage. The conventional wisdom that followed the rapid spread of divorce in the 1970s and 1980sthat children are...
Time to Draw the Line on Abortion and Infanticide
Defenders of abortion rights think the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act is just another tactical ploy in the abortion wars. In part it is. Opponents of abortion want to see if the abortion lobby is really going to come out against a proposed law that...
What's Wrong with the Science Establishment?
Scientists, it seems, should be the last people to need reminders about the importance of facts. A good scientist cannot have too many facts, because they are grist for the scientific mill as it grinds out explanations and theories about the world around...

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