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OVERTURNING HOBBY LOBBY: AN ANALYSIS OF S. 2578

The Senate on July 16 failed to end a filibuster in its effort to fast-track passage of Senator Patty Murray et al.’s bill to overturn the Supreme Court’s June 30 Hobby Lobby ruling. By a vote of 56-43 (four short of the number required to invoke cloture), the bill failed. Every...
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Coming To Peace with Brain Death

This will be personal. Ten years ago, my best friend had a stroke. He lay unconscious on his bathroom floor for about 20 hours before anyone (me!) realized he wasn’t answering his phone. I called the police before dashing to his house. Officers were there when I arrived; Richard...
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Robert M. Patrick interview with Nat Hentoff, for the Human Life Foundation March 31, 2014

RMP:  Good Morning Mr. Hentoff, thank you for taking the time to talk about Jim McFadden and the Human Life Review. NH: Thank you for calling me. Yes, of course, I love the McFaddens. They are some of the most important people in my life. RMP:  As we discussed last week, the...
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Jennifer Lahl on Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

Jennifer Lahl on Breeders: A Subclass of Women? Jennifer Lahl, Director and Executive Producer of the new documentary film Breeders: A  Subclass of Women? about the experience of women and surrogacy, is president and founder of the Center for Bioethics and Culture in Pleasant...
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Obvious Child and Obvious Propaganda

This month a new abortion comedy titled Obvious Child opens in theaters. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it, abortion comedy? Okay, how about a comedy with a story about abortion? That may be even more accurate, because for this film, written and directed by Gillian...
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Issues Controversial Statement on the Family

It is customary for the Secretary-General of the United Nations to issue a statement every time there is a special day designated by the UN to honor or commemorate something or other. May 15th is chosen as the “International Day of Families.” Ban Ki-moon’s statement to mark this...
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Ernest: The impact of one life

This is the story of Ernest Trice, who entered my life in a way I can only ascribe to Divine Providence. I am a volunteer who visits elderly and disabled persons in nursing homes. Several years ago I asked a staff member at one of these homes if they had anyone who could use a...
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United Nations Debate on the ICPD Beyond 2014 and Human Progress and Sustainability

They came from every continent and many countries. There were more than 30 speakers with a very specific purpose: the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, family planning, universal contraceptive use, and abortion. Shockingly, but perhaps not surprisingly,...
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TWILIGHT OF THE GODS

[Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared on townhall.com on March 25, 2014. reprinted here with permission.] What a joy to find the New York Times editorial page staff on duty whenever a tough moral question arises, such as, “Can the U. S. government require business...
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Witnessing to Life in 2014

Witnessing to Life in 2014 [This is the text of the Keynote Talk for the Sacred Heart Major Seminarians’ 5th Annual Charity “Dinner for Life” for Rachel’s Vineyard on February 7, 2014, in Detroit. Mark S. Latkovic, S.T.D., is Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Major...
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Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis v. Greg Abbott

      Superceleb Wendy Davis—headed down the path to becoming Wendy Who?—won, as expected, the Texas Democratic primary for governor. She plans to base her campaign against Republican Greg Abbott on education, the economy, and jobs. As if Abbott were likely to let her off the...
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DEFINING DEATH, NOT DEFINING LIFE

  The February 5, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) features an opinion piece by two bioethicists and a medical doctor vigorously defending a “brain death” definition of death against individual dissenters—such as the McMath family in California—in the name...
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Swiss Abortion Update

  On Sunday, February 9, the Swiss electorate voted on three referenda, one of which was the following: Do you accept the popular initiative “Paying for an abortion is a private matter—reduce the burden on health insurance by ending basic coverage for abortion?” The popular...
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A Sign of the Times

     The late Fr. Stanley L. Jaki once remarked that “it takes unusually strong guts to challenge that secularist and unabashedly anti-Catholic stronghold which is the New York Times.” His choice of the word “guts” is significant. The word “courage” is derived from the French...
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Eli Judice: An Inspiration

  Pro-choice critics of the multi-state push for 20-week abortion bans say such bans place an undue and onerous burden on women, because many serious and “lethal” fetal abnormalities are not discovered until ultrasounds performed at about the 20-week mark. According to the Alan...
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The Magic School Bus Author’s Abortion Propaganda

  My seven-year-old son and I were hunting for books in the children’s section of the local library when I noticed a text with the title Asking About Sex & Growing Up, subtitled A Question and Answer Book for Kids (2009 Revised Edition). When I saw the author’s name,...
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ABORTION AND THE FILIBUSTER

So, the New York Times tells us, Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” to change Senate rules and ban filibusters of judicial nominations[1] was driven by—surprise!—the desire of Senate Democrats to put radical pro-abortionists on the federal bench. Our self-proclaimed national “paper of...
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THE PRO-LIFE MESSAGE OF TWO CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

        “Culture of life” is a term Blessed John Paul II highlighted in his 1995 encyclical, Evangelium vitae. The Pope wanted to address the civilizational struggle afoot between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” the latter understood as...
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Grand Bargaining No, Rethinking Yes

“Grand Bargain,” No. Serious Rethinking, Yes

“Grand Bargain,” No. Serious Rethinking, Yes Many weeks ago, I all but completed a reply to the critique that George McKenna published in the Human Life Review of “Beyond the Stalemate,” my June 21 Commonweal article, on the current state and future prospects of Catholic...
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Psychiatrists Censor Pro-Life Speech

  Many mental-health providers where I live, in Westchester County, New York, censor speech about abortion in day programs, outpatient or inpatient therapy, group therapy, one-on-one therapy, social clubs and half-way houses. I have a mental illness. I also believe strongly...
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Film Review: It’s a Girl

  It’s a Girl Directed and edited by Evan Grae Davis Produced by Andrew Brown 1:02, Shadowline Films, 2012. www.itsagirlmovie.com           “The three deadliest words in the world,” according to this documentary, are “it’s...
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A Bad Bargain: A Postscript

A Bad Bargain: A Postcript           At about the middle of September I wrote a piece on this site critical of an article in Commonweal magazine by Peter Steinfels, a writer and former editor of the magazine...
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Life Goes On . . . Thank God

  Pope Francis’s arrival on the international scene didn’t come about without a few glitches. For instance, when he warned in a recent interview that “small minded rules” could cause “the moral edifice of the Church . . . to fall like a house of cards,” his remarks were...
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2013 DINNER WELCOME to: a Sell-Out Crowd

(Maria McFadden Maffucci delivered this speech at the Human Life Foundation’s Great Defender of Life Dinner on Sept. 26, 2013,  at which Eric and Susanne Metaxas were honored.) Welcome to all our friends—I see many beloved faces here, and many new ones as well; I am so...
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All Abortion, All the Time

New Yorkers are used to listening to two AM all-news stations: WCBS and WINS. WINS’ venerable motto is “all news, all the time.”   Well, the motto of America’s abortion establishment is fast becoming “all abortion, all the time.”  That’s essentially what Jessica...
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A Great Bargain

A Bad Bargain

 A Bad Bargain In his 1858 debates with Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln argued not for an immediate national abolition of slavery but for preventing its spread into the new territories. Lincoln understood that if slavery’s growth were arrested as the rest of the...
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The Wendy Davis Boomlet

  Back in 1968, Andy Warhol observed that everybody “will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” The latest recipient of 15 minutes of fame is Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), being lauded as gubernatorial timber (and perhaps even more) for her “epic” 1 eleven-hour...
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The Nature of Marriage Is in Nature

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Euthanasia for Minors: The Drumbeat Continues

A Belgian website features a picture of a hospital bed with some stuffed toys on it. The picture is captioned: “the latest news on the euthanasia front (from a so-called ‘civilized’ country).”1 The image vividly captures the current drumbeat for the euthanasia of minors.2...
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Royal Baby Love

  Oh, baby! Just can’t get enough of you! After all, how many cuddly, brand-new royal kids are out there? Just one: Prince George. And does the world love him or not? Consider:  People magazine expects to sell 1.4 million copies of its “Royal Baby Joy!” collector’s issue. ...
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Why are Special-Needs Parents Fair Game?

Imagine this scenario: an acquaintance comes up to you at a function, and you exchange the usual pleasantries—how ‘s the job, the kids, etc. And then he or she says: So, how old is “your spouse,”—“50” or so?  How’s his health? Think he’ll get cancer or have high blood...
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Late Term Abortions, Politics, and Democrats

  The June 18 vote in the House of Representatives on the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” was telling—and what it told us about abortion absolutism was highly disturbing. The 228-196 vote was almost completely along party lines: If there are “Democrats for Life,”...
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Done

          Done.  And of course there wasn’t more than the inevitable shadow of doubt – the one that hangs over all human enterprises – that the Texas Legislature was going to pass that abortion bill, as duly happened last Saturday....
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Texas Abortion Bill Moves Forward

                 The Texas Senate votes Friday or Saturday on an anti-abortion bill the House approved Wednesday, 96-49. Declares Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: “We’re not in the filibuster range right now, and we’re going to pass th...
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Gov. Perry Puts Out the “Firebrand”

        Sorry, Wendy, it’s going to pass, and this time you probably can’t do a thing about it, pink sneakers or no pink sneakers.        Nothing probably is ever final in politics, and febrile assumptions can turn to dust; but...
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Warriors

                                                                People going into nursing homes fear both loss of independence and having little to do. Some, who are literate, maintain a degree of control by devouring books. On my visits to homes as a volunteer I’ve encountered...
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NANCY PELOSI AND JOHN McCORMACK

            On June 13, Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack asked former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the morality of late-term abortions.  His question was probably driven by the recent convictions of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell for first degree murder of...
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HLR BLOG

Welcome to the blog! Scroll down for older entries. NEW:  Wendy Davis v. Greg Abbott by William Murchison (March 7, 2014) Defining Death, Not Defining Life by John Grondelski (February 26, 2014) Double Header Blog: Sign of the Times by Donald DeMarco & Swiss Abortion...
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Is Your Twelve Year Old Ready to Commit Suicide?

I have a daughter who’s eight years younger than a friend’s. My friend, therefore, has become a kind of authority on what to expect a little bit down the road. When my Alexandra became a teenager, he warned: “Right now your daughter knows you are the biggest nerd in the world....
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IS RUTH BADER GINSBURG GETTING MELLOW IN HER OLD AGE? ASK THE TIMES….

               You wouldn’t think there’d be any doubt that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a votary of abortion.  You would have thought wrong.
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Nat Hentoff tells it like it is

Nat Hentoff : Why Obama is Silent on Murdered Babies
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Nat Hentoff tells it like it is

Why Obama is Silent on Murdered Babies
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Obama vs. Reagan on abortion

President Obama could really learn a thing or two about Planned Parenthood from the Human Life Review . . .    
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Great Defender of Life Dinner

THANK YOU! For making our 2013 Great Defender of Life Dinner our most successful event ever.        Join us next year? Get on our mailing list now! Please call 212-685-5210; or email humanlifereview@verizon.net
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National Prayer Service

The Human Life Review is proud to be a co-sponsor of the National Prayer Service: the largest national, interdenominational prayer service in observance of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade. On Friday, January 25, 2013 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., this service will take place in Constitution...
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Keeping the Lights On

            Re the Nov. 6 mess: First thing to say is, can we avoid the sin of over-extrapolation? The journalistic, not to say human, tendency is to ride every political tide out to sea and back. Gee, if we’re here now, won’t we...
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Stand Up for Religious Liberty Rally June 8th 2012

I am the president of the Human Life Foundation, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization in Manhattan, dedicated to the defense of human life, founded in 1974 in response to the Roe. v. Wade decision. Our quarterly journal, the Human Life Review, seeks to change hearts and...
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Spain: The Abortion Agenda

This article was originally published in our Spring 2010 issue. The author suggested that we post this article on our website, saying: “The new Government has announced a reform of the abortion law, but it is still unclear how it would be implemented. That is the reason why...
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HOPE FOR THE FUTURE:

National Catholic Register editorial on March for Life 2012
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RONALD REAGAN'S HLR ESSAY in the NEWS

Maria McFadden Maffucci speaks to CNSNews.com about Reagan’s Historic “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation”
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ANNE CONLON on THE DEBATE SINCE ROE

Read National Review’s interview with Anne Conlon here:
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