The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 4, Fall

Aborting Logic
John Irving, novelist and short-story writer, established his reputation in 1978 with The World According to Garp, which was made into a film in 1982. He broadened his acclaim when The Cider House Rules (1985) was made into a movie (1999) and won Academy...
Abortion and Humanism
The dependence of the abortion industry on the philosophy of secularism has often been noted by pro-life commentators. Writers such as the late President Ronald Reagan1 have been aware of the ties between the practice of abortion and the philosophy of...
Abortion and the "Catholic Right": A Response to James Hitchcock
When HLR published James Hitchcock's first attack on The Wanderer in 2007, I immediately called Jim and interviewed him for the paper. I have long admired him and consider him a friend in spirit. I was surprised at the tenor of his 2007 attack, and also...
About This Issue . .
. . . since the November presidential election there's been the predictable chatter about whether the victory of the abortocratic Barack Obama - supported by socalled prolifers like former Reagan aide Douglas Kmiec who claimed Obama was the true prolifer...
A Coach Steps over the Line
"But as you are just, you govern all things justly . . .For you show your might when the perfection of your power isdisbelieved; and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity."- Wisdom 12: 15, 17It all started with a seemingly innocuous newscast on...
Bioethics Today
There can be no doubt that the public face of contemporary philosophy is the professional who goes by the name of "bioethicist." Since the bioethics industry - which is what it is - sprang up in the 1970s, large numbers of professional philosophers have...
"Donor Offspring" Redefining Family
Go to Yahoo Groups, and type in the words "Donor Conceived." You'll get a listing of some 40 Internet-based communities a person can join and search further.Search for what?"This group is for families who conceived with North West Andrology and Cryobank...
Euthanasia's "Unproductive Burdens"
There was a moment of great significance during the euthanasia debate a decade ago that should be brought to the attention of today's legislators. A moment that crystallised the concerns of many that the so-called 'right to die' would come to be felt...
Great Defender of Life Dinner
THE SIXTH ANNUALOctober 16, 2008HonoringRITA L. MARKER and WESLEY J. SMITHFAITH MCFADDEN:Welcome! A hearty welcome to you all.Thanks for being here, this Fall.In past years, I've welcomed you with rhyme:I'm not going to do it, this time,For I have Serious...
Introduction
I write this in the earliest days of the New Year, in the "transition" time - the election over (thank God), the new regime not yet begun. So we ask: What did happen on November 4, 2008, and what does it mean for the pro-life movement? I doubt there...
Obama's Abortion Extremism
Sen. Barack Obama's views on life issues ranging from abortion to embryonic stem-cell research mark him as not merely a pro-choice politician, but rather as the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket.Barack Obama...
Pro-Life Obamanistas
Democratic elections can bring out the worst as well as the best in us frail, fragile mortals. Whichever force carries whatever day, it remains worth noting that an electoral slap in the puss - the kind that Republicans in general and pro-life people...
Should We Show Pictures of Aborted Babies?
St. Thomas Aquinas remains the model of fairness, because, before stating his own arguments for a position, he would give full voice to the strongest objections to it. This was fitting, because good and serious people often hold differing opinions. Today,...
The Abortion President
During a July 17, 2007 speech before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, then Sen. Barack Obama pledged: "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." That is a bizarre way "to bring us together," another goal of his as president....
The Last Acceptable Prejudice
Amid partisan wrangling over legislative solutions to the economic crisis, there was a rare moment of unanimity on Capitol Hill recently concerning the need to alleviate a much different, but equally serious, crisis.Passed overwhelmingly by both houses...
This Dog Won't Hunt: A Reply to Gregory J. Roden
In my article "Sacred Cows, Whole Hogs & Golden Calves" (Human Life Review, Summer 2007), I challenged three ways of thinking that continue to interfere with the progress of the pro-life movement. The first, the "Sacred Cow" syndrome, is the uncritical...

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