Magazine article The Human Life Review

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Magazine article The Human Life Review

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... when I told Wesley Smith we were publishing an article by Ross Blackburn ("A Reply To Wesley Smith," HLR Winter 2012) taking issue with Smith's contention that human life was best defended in the public square using arguments framed in secular terms ("The Bioethics Threat to Universal Human Rights," HLR, Winter/ Spring 201 1 ), Wesley got excited. "I think," he emailed me, that this subject "would make a very interesting symposium. I can imagine all kinds of fascinating essays ... I am sure we could get very notable people on both sides of that argument."

Well, you don't get much more notable these days than Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. But then His Eminence has plenty of eminent company in the symposium ("Truth-Telling in the Public Square," pages 25-59) we feature here: R.R. Reno and David Mills of First Things; Greg Pfundstein of the Chiaroscuro Foundation; Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics and Culture; David Klinghoffer of die Discovery Institute; and the Review's own senior editors, Ellen Wilson Fielding and William Murchison. Wesley Smith also joins the conversation. And that is indeed what it is - a congenial discussion of how best to propose the pro-life point of view for consideration in the noisy, media-occupied bazaar that is today's public square.

This is the first time we have published work by Mr. Reno and Ms. Lahl in the Review - welcome to our pages. Welcome, too, to Robert F. Nagel ("What Do the Justices Think They Are Doing?" page 13), the Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado School of Law, who has written a most interesting piece on how Supreme Court justices regard die role they play in the nation's governance. …

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