Magazine article The Human Life Review

About This Issue . .

Magazine article The Human Life Review

About This Issue . .

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. . . Winter 2007 marks the start of our thirty-third year of publishing-no small feat for a "niche" journal that was pretty much all alone out there when it launched into the national storm called up by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. In the time since, we've compiled a rich and unique record of the pro-life debate; our authors, going back to the beginning, have been an impressively diverse crew. The first issue, Winter 1975, featured a U.S. Senator, a doctor, two professors-one of whom went on to become a federal judge-a Rabbi and a journalist. A quick look at the bios attached to the articles in this issue will confirm that we remain committed to bringing a variety of voices into the debate.

Over the years, some of the most compelling prose we've had the privilege to publish has come to us from people who were moved by personal experience to make their own record. We have such an example in this issue: a truly stunning piece of personal testimony sent to us by Mr. Tom Nolan, who told us he "writes computer code and cuts firewood." As you will see in ". . . and God will make him a cake" (page 56), Mr. Nolan is also one mighty fine writer.

Mary Kenny, our European editor and 2006 Great Defender of Life honoree, told a riveted audience at our award dinner last fall that she believed "stories" have the potential to move hearts and minds that might otherwise remain inhospitable to the pro-life argument (the text of her address begins on page 45). So committed is she to exploring the transformative power of art, she has tried her own hand at writing a short story. …

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