The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 4, Fall

Abortion: Conscience, Crisis & the Church
While being held in remand in Glenwood Springs, Colo., awaiting trial for rape and murder, serial killer Ted Bundy inquired about which states were most likely to execute for such crimes. Shortly thereafter, Bundy escaped and went to Florida, where he...
About This Issue . .
. . . when I asked our proofreader what she thought after perusing the articles herein, she said the word "frustrated" came to mind, that "reading Bissonnette ("Abortion: Conscience, Crisis, and the Church," p. 12), and Roden ("Cellulose Persons &...
A Fool's Errand: State "Personhood" Proposals
There is no shortage of bad ideas in the pro-life movement. Here's the most recent one: state "personhood" proposals. These proposals, drafted as either state constitutional amendments or state statutes, purport to recognize unborn children as constitutional...
Afterword: An Obituary for Human Cloning
On November 21, 2007, cloning as a serious science suddenly died, and was superceded by a technique so simple and powerful (and entirely ethical) that it has left the world of stem-cell research both stunned and elated. Observers reported it as "an earthquake...
America Deserves Better
I've spent most of the past two decades working as a copy editor for a thriving suburban daily. That job involves cleaning up mistakes in syntax or grammar, correcting factual errors, clarifying meanings with reporters, writing headlines, and the like....
Cellulose Persons and Other Straw Men
You might be surprised to learn that the right to abortion also serves to secure our First Amendment right to free speech, at least in the view of one writer, Professor Ronald Dworkin. As the professor spins it, "If a state could declare trees to be...
Contract and Covenant in American Politics: Religion in the Abortion & Abolition Debates
The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of religion.- Lord Chancellor HailshamA civil ruler dabbling in religion is as reprehensible as a clergyman...
Do Pro-Lifers Need to Get "Organized"?
Barack Obama spent some of his early years as a community organizer in Chicago. In the fall of 2008, there was a general perception that Obama's election as president itself owed much to community organizing. With the alleged voter fraud of ACORN - the...
Eugenics Triumphant in Prenatal Testing
Part II: The ResistanceThe first part of this series described the deep influence eugenics - the effort to breed a better human race - had in encouraging prenatal testing and eugenic abortion. It explained the major roles of the American Eugenics Society,...
Hazardous Pathway
The United Kingdom continues to provide vivid warnings about the dangers of centralized health-care planning - a real possibility under Obamacare. Within the last few years, the U.K.'s notorious rationing board, the National Institute for Health and...
Introduction
With this issue we complete 35 years of publishing our journal. When my late father, James P. McFadden, founded the Human Life Review in 1975, he believed that a decision as bad as Roe v. Wade must and could be overturned - soon, he hoped. But whether...
On the Front Lines for Life
"I wish I could tell you that Church leaders were brave, countercultural and prophetic," I can still hear him say, "but that would not be the truth.""With very few exceptions," he went on, "Catholics in the United States did little or nothing to condemn...
Opposing "The Propaganda of the Deed": Eugenic Death-Making & the Disabled
We are at a critical juncture in the fight against death-making. Acceptance of assisted suicide is likely to increase now that it has been legalized in Oregon and Washington state; similar initiatives have been proposed across the rest of the U.S. It...
Sexuality, Rights, and the Disabled
Of all the issues confronting people with disabilities, sexuality is perhaps the most charged. A recent case in India brought many of the most compelling strands of this complex tapestry together, and - after protracted and unseemly wrangling among disability...
The Ugly Mark of Roe
Granted, willingly: It's always a tricky business, projecting the course of human events that await, shall we say, eventuation. That's another way of afFirming the perils of writing about the health-care debate pending final congressional action.As I...
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