The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Spring

Abortion and Moral Corruption
Twenty-six years of legal abortion on demand has clarified at least three things. First, the American abortion lobby has reached the extreme of apparently defending any abortion, no matter how advanced the pregnancy and no matter how developed the child....
Assisted Suicide: The Tip of the Iceberg
Traditional medical ethics in the United States are crumbling before our very eyes. Where once physicians swore to "do no harm," today many doctors believe it is acceptable to kill a patient who asks to die. Doctors used to be taught that all patients...
A Time for Recriminations
APPENDIX C [Hadley Arkes is a professor of American Institutions at Amherst College and a contributing editor of Crisis magazine, for which he writes the "Life Watch" column. The following appeared in the April 1999 issue, and is reprinted with the permission...
Crimes of the Heart
It came out strongly and repeatedly in coverage of the late Harry A. Blackmun's life and career that the author of the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade had been subjected to scurrilous criticism for the decision, and that, no, of course, he hadn't enjoyed...
For Right-to-Life Realists
Republican presidential candidates must rescue their party from the sterility into which its abortion debate has fallen. Herewith a suggested statement for any candidate seeking a position palatable to right-to-life realists: "For those of us determined...
Harry Blackmun, R.I.P
APPENDIX A [The following editorial first appeared in the April 5, 1999 issue of National Review magazine, and is reprinted with permisson (Copyright, 1999, National Review, Inc.).] Harry Blackmun, R.I.P. National Review Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun,...
"Honey, I Shrunk the President"
I was twelve years old in 1968, the great bleeding year of that decade. My mother and father subscribed to Life and Look magazines, and my mind still turns to freeze-frame shots when I want to conjure up pictures of the great public upheavals-riots,...
Introduction
JUSTICE HARRY A. BLACKMUN'S DEATH last March gave the liberal press a fresh opportunity, in eulogizing him, to speak admiringly of his most famous (infamous) majority opinion-Roe v. Wade. The New York Times' Bob Herbert called him a man of "courage and...
Israel's Holocaust
APPENDIX E [Rabbi Jacob Neusner is a prolific author and professor of religion at the University of South Florida in Tampa and at Bard College, New York. This article first appeared in Christianity Today (Oct. 26, 1998), and is reprinted here with Rabbi...
Nominal Babies
In its famous 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court mandated elective abortion up to viability, and abortion for broadly defined "health" reasons (i.e. virtually elective abortion) thereafter. That opinion contains a deep contradiction...
Ordinary Abortions
During the Barbara Walters interview, Monica Lewinsky casually mentioned that she'd had an abortion while dating a Pentagon official. Like the rest of her conduct, it was nothing she was ashamed of. Unfortunately in this regard, at least, she's no aberration-as...
See No Evil
Anne, an office-worker in her thirties, gives her three-year-old daughter one last hug before she hops in her car. It is early, and other sleepy children are being ushered in to the day-care center by rushed parents, traffic is picking up as the sun...
Sexual Hangup
Clinton's defenders are right about l'affaire Lewinsky. It is about sex. Not in the sense they generally intend, of course. Clinton has been in trouble because of felonies, not fellatio; and the legal and moral issues raised by his conduct are not reducible...
Suffer, the Children
When you think about it, the fashionable crusade of "children's rights" is bound to be anti-family. It is a movement which declares itself to be more interested in the welfare of children than are ordinary parents. It seeks rights and laws for children...
The Culture of Death
"I know it's an amendment. I know it's in the Constitution. But you know what? Enough is enough."-Rosie O'Donnell Enough is. The audience at Ms. O'Donnell's show applauded yesterday, and I would have too if I'd been there, not for her call to ban all...
The Empiricist Mind
Readers of this Review are already familiar, and perhaps fed up, with the opinions of Peter Singer, who, in July, will join Princeton University as a professor of bioethics. But I will quote a few of them as found in earlier issues of the HLR, using...
The Joy of Sexual Values
Faye Wattleton, former head of Planned Parenthood, was crushed to learn that women's attitudes on abortion are not what she supposed they were. A poll conducted by Wattleton's new group, the Center for Gender Equality, found that 53 percent of American...
The Miami Moderates
Risking jeers from those who call them "country club Republicans," a group of seventy Republican "moderate" leaders met at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami last February. Perhaps some day a plaque will go up to commemorate the event, because the...
Virtual Healing
"The outside world has no idea, they see us as 'selfish' women, who just happily waltzed off to an abortion clinic, and they just have no idea of what we really went through, and what we continue to go through." So writes 35year-old Jill in a post on...

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