The Human Life Review

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, Summer

Abortion and the Negation of Love
Those of us in the pro-life movement often claim that we live in a "culture of death." But most of us don't believe it. Not really. We may use the phrase as a rhetorical tool, but deep in our hearts we think that our family, friends, and neighbors wouldn't...
Abortion "Rights" and the Duty Not to Know
Perhaps the most frustrating counter-argument that pro-lifers constantly confront is the charge that we are making a fetish of a "single issue." Nothing-not the sheer moral horror of a mother deciding to kill her own child, the revulsion that attends...
About Faith . .
. . . when the Review's founding editor, J.P. McFadden, died in 1998, I wrote in this space that "I didn't know Jim when he didn't have cancer," that his illness "was part of the baggage he brought to our relationship." Not so with his wife Faith McFadden,...
An Interview with Arthur Caplan & Robert P. George
Part One: Stem Cells: The Scientists Knew They Were Lying?In December 2010, SherifGirgis sat down with Arthur Caplan, a professor at the Univer- sity of Pennsylvania and unofficial "dean" of liberal bioethicists, and Robert P. George, a professor at...
Bathsheba Spooner's Plea of Pregnancy and State "Personhood" Amendments
In 1778, during the course of human events which gave birth to our nation, Bathsheba Spooner had her own nascent concern. Facing death as a condemned prisoner, Mrs. Spooner resorted a second time to the common-law plea of pregnancy to spare the life...
Death Comes for Dr. Death
J ack Kevorkian inhabited the right century all right-the centuiy of the self.It was the century that ratified a woman's right to "control" her own body, at the probable expense of whatever life she might carry within herself.It was the century that...
Death Dignified by Christ
He was a dignified man suffering all the embarrassing ways cheerful young women the age of his granddaughter deal with the body's failure as cancer begins shutting down the organs. Dying in a hospice, you lose all rights to modesty as you lose control...
Down Syndrome and the Texas Sonogram Law
I hate to do it, but I have to mess with Texas.Hailed as a victory by many in the pro-life movement, the so-called "sonogram law," passed recently by the Texas Legislature and now awaiting Governor Rick Perry's signature, requires women seeking an abortion...
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Love of Life (1981)
By a macabre coincidence the flowering of a pro-abortion ideology has occurred in an era which to a greater degree than any other in the history of Western Society is characterized by undiscriminating solicitousness for "Life." Although critics of modern...
From the Klan to the Court: A Brief Analysis of Alien Ideas
On May 23,1992, Pope John Paul II beatified Eulalie Durocher and declared her to be "a woman for all times." Blessed Eulalie was born in Quebec in 1811, the tenth of eleven children, in the village of St. Antoine on the Richelieu River. Three of her...
Introduction
Senior editor William Murchison opens this issue with a reflection on the death (in early June) of "Dr. Death" himself, Jack Kevorkian. The man infamous (or famous, to supporters of assisted suicide and euthanasia) for his ghoulish commitment to helping...
Juan Williams's Public-Service Announcement
Abortion is miserable. It's miserable in itself and, if you're one of the survivors- she who "chose," as they say, he who supported (or coerced) her choice, those who are family of the child who never had the chance to walk, or crawl, among us-the misery...
Kevorkian: A Dark Mirror on Society
The death of Jack Kevorkian by natural causes has a certain irony, but it is not surprising. His driving motive was always obsession with death. Indeed, as he described in his book Prescription Medicide, Kevorkian's overriding purpose in his assisted-suicide...
Live Action Lies?
Imagine this scenario:A city is plagued by a "Phantom Racer," a speedy driver who emerges sud- denly from the mist and runs down children as they cross the street. Parents' complaints go unheeded and the Phantom is allowed to roam the city, killing at...
Lying and the Love of Enemies: Reflections on Live Action's Action
I.In recent months I have had instructive conversations in person, by phone, and by email with my seminary colleagues over the question of whether Live Action's videotaped undercover operation at various Planned Parenthood clinics across the country-videotapes...
On "Unabashed Mendacity"
In her April 7 New Republic book review of three recent quasi-feminist "histo- ries" of abortion and contraception, Christine Stansell argues that contemporary Tea Party activists are heirs of the "single issue" politics that took shape around abortion...
Peeling the Onion
The headline in a recent issue of The Onion blasts: "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.""Cecile Richards told reporters that the new state-of-the-art fetus-killing facil- ity located in the nation's heartland offers quick, easy, in-and-out...
Remarks at the Vita Institute
Thank you, David, for those words. Though you did make it sound as though I can't keep a job.What a happy evening this is, to be standing on these grounds ... talking to a group like this one ... about the great cause of our time.Some of you, I know,...
Statement of Americans United for Life President & CEO on the Need for Congressional Hearings and Investigation of Planned Parenthood Based on AUL's Report "The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood."
Thank you Congresswoman Ellmers and Congressman Hultgren for hosting this event today and for your principled stand on behalf of the American taxpayer against federal subsidies for the abortion industry.By Planned Parenthood's own accounting, $363 million-one-third...
Teenage Daughters and the Great Work
I knew Seraphina; Nature gave her hue,Glance, sympathy, note, like one from Eden,I saw her smile warp, heard her lyric deaden;She turned to harlotry;-this I took to be knew.-Edmund Blunden"Report on Experience"The other day I met with Chris Bell, Executive...
The Church and Abortion: A Catholic Dissent
America is currently marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War: 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the sixteenth President of the United States and, within a month, Southern rebels were firing on Fort Sumter. The causes of the War-regional...
The Doctor Who Saw What He Did
Th e good doctor could have stepped out of a Louis Auchincloss short story. A fashionable but conscientious professional on the Upper West Side, his ideas, like his Brooks Bothers suits, were tailored to fit in. His ideals were those of the enlightened,...
The War against Girls
The War Against GirlsUnnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men By Mara Hvistendahl PublicAffairs, 314pages, $26.99Mara Hvistendahl is worried about girls. Not in any political, moral or cultural sense but...
Tracking the Times on Fetal Pain
This Sunday, the New York Times ran a hostile article about pro-life efforts to enact fetal-pain laws. Because of the gains that Republicans made in the state legislatures during the 2010 midterm elections, pro-lifers have gone on the offensive. A number...
Why Liberals Should Defend the Unborn
Why does the warm heart of liberalism turn to ice on the subject of unborn children? Why do so many liberals support abortion and Roe v. Wadel These are not easy questions to answer, given liberal convictions that should instead lead them to oppose abortion....