The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, Fall

Academia's "Doctor Death"
Writing about the French Revolution, Edmund Burke said: "On the scheme of this barbarous philosophy, which is the offspring of cold hearts and muddy understandings, and which is as void of solid wisdom as it is destitute of all taste and elegance, laws...
Acting into History
A Refusal to Mourn the Appointment of a Professor of Infanticide to the Faculty of Princeton University In front of me are two newspaper clippings. One, from the New York Times (last August) is about the sudden jump in enrollments at evangelical Christian...
Consideration of the Veto Message on HR 1122, Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act
APPENDIX B [Henry J. Hyde of Illinois is the foremost opponent of abortion in the U. S. House of Representatives. The following is the text of his floor speech delivered to the House on July 23,1998 during the debate to override President Clinton's veto...
Dr. Death's Mouthpiece Mouths Off
We haven't heard lately about Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian helping to kill anyone. As of this writing, it has been several months, longer than he usually goes between "terminations." The unemployed and medically unlicensed pathologist, who has helped end...
Egg Heads
APPENDIX F [This article first appeared in National Review (Sept. 1, 1998) where Miss Lopez is an editorial associate. It is reprinted with permission. (Copyright 1998 by National Review, Inc.)] Young women in need of cash are increasingly deciding to...
Feelings, Not Mortality, Rule
[Mona Charen 's syndicated column appears in many newspapers throughout the country. The following was posted on the web site of the Jewish World Review on July 15, 1998 and is reprinted here with permission (Copyright 1998, Creator's Syndicate).] It...
Infanticide Chic II: Professor Singer Goes to Princeton
Last June, Princeton University announced the appointment of the Australian philosopher Peter Singer to the Ira W. DeCamp Professorship of Bioethics at the University's Center for Human Values. Singer is well-known to us, coming to our attention with...
Introduction
JUST BACK FROM ENGLAND, our intrepid colleague William Murchison somehow managed to convey breathlessness in his fax: What did we want him to do? He knew he was already late with his promised article, but covering the Lambeth Conference of Bishops representing...
Marilyn Hogben Meets Peter Singer
Australian Professor Peter Singer has turned up in American news stories because of his controversial appointment to a chair in ethics at prestigious Princeton University, but regular readers of this journal encountered him in his native Australian milieu...
On Dr. Clifford Yorke
APPENDIX G [In 1994, we asked our European editor, Mary Kenny, to expand on a column she had written for the London Sunday Telegraph (November 13, 1994). The expanded version, together with the Nick Downes cartoon at the bottom of its final page, appeared...
Professor Pleasure-Or Professor Death?
When Princeton University's Center for Human Values offered Peter Singer the Ira W DeCamp Professorship of Bioethics, the center's leaders may not have realized what they were getting. A somewhat obscure academic at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia,...
"Responsible Adults" and Abortion
APPENDIX C [The following editorial commentary, written by David Tell, first appeared in The Weekly Standard (July 27, 1998) and is reprinted here with permission (Copyright 1998, The Weekly Standard). Mr. Tell is the magazine's Opinion Editor.] The...
The Babycult: Having Children in an Age of Affluence
"A child is the ultimate pet." -JOOP! Jeans Ad At first blush, it might not seem that the New Jersey Prom Girl (a.k.a. Melissa Drexler) and the McCaughey septuplets are manifestations of the same cultural malaise. In the middle of her high school prom,...
The Clinton Legacy
APPENDIX A [The following article first appeared in The Weekly Standard (August 17, 1998) and is reprinted here with permission of the magazine (Copyright 1998, The Weekly Standard). Miss Emery, a frequent contributor to the Standard, lives in Alexandria,...
The Hollow Men
Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons. Hence their lives would seem to be no more worthy of protection than the life of a fetus. -Peter Singer, Rethinking Life and Death There is...
The Lambeth Squawk: "The Bible Tells Us No"
Among the readers of this distinguished journal, I strongly suspect, only the tiniest percentage is Anglican. Well, meet a member of that exiguous percentage: me. As an Episcopalian, I belong to a worldwide communionto give it a fancy name-that embraces...
The Road to Abortion (I): How Eugenics Birthed Population Control
The typical account of the battle for legal abortion in the United States goes something like this: brave civil libertarians and women's rights advocates, encouraged by liberating currents of the 1960s, dared to raise the abortion issue in public and...
When Charity Dries Up
How much is a bit of pleasure worth? A dime? Ten bucks? A couple of hundred? How about a life? (Somebody else's, of course; one's own is presumably priceless.) There are people who seem willing to pay plenty for their fun. Highwire daredevils, obsessive...
Will "Neonaticide" Become the New Buzzword?
Amy Grossberg was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison for the death of her newborn son. Her boyfriend Brian Peterson, the baby's father, was sentenced to two years for his role in the crime. In November 1996, the fresh-faced teenage couple's arrest...
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