The abortion movement, heir to the successes of modern feminism
and the sexual revolution, was born out of the legal power of hard
case testimonies: rape, incest, and maternal health risks. As the
movement grew and accelerated, virtually any ill-timed pregnancy
became a case in which an elective abortion might be
recommended. In short, the exceptions became the rule. Further, the
crafted images of crisis pregnancies and unwanted children
became the public relations twins that drove a juggernaut claiming
over one million lives per year. Even the centuries old Hippocratic
Oath met with alteration to discreetly legitimize the abortionist's
practice. We are now long past the days when the procedure of
abortion needed the hard cases to justify itself. In fact, one might
wonder how long it might be before the mother wishing to carry her
child to term will need an advocate of her own.
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Richard John NeuhausPower corrupts. So does abortion. The stain of its influence
touches many aspects of our government and society.
Medicalizing Abortion Decisions
Thomas Murpy GoodwinThe author, a physician himself, argues that the medical community has
a crucial bias with regard to the abortion
issue. More specifically, this bias
consists in bringing political aspects
of the abortion issue into the medical
decision-making process. To build his
case, he points out the scarcity of cases
in which pregnancy poses a genuine health
risk to the mother. He also uses five case
studies, taken from his own experience, in
which abortions were unnecessarily
recommended by other doctors as a
The Abortion Cocktail
Bernard N. NathansonA former abortionist (who is now a pro-life doctor) reviews the
history of chemical abortafacients. He also
describes a current drug that is used for
the same purpose. Will the removal of
surgery from this procedure ultimately
bring about the end of the political and
legal battle over abortion?
Picture Perfect: The Politics of Prenatal Testing
Elizabeth KristolThis article addresses the issues involved in prenatal screening.
Abortion, Breast Cancer, and Ideology
Joel BrindMany studies over the decades have linked induced abortion to an
increased risk of breast cancer in women.
In spite of their substantial statistical
evidence, however, these studies have been
ignored and criticized by the medical
establishment. On what basis do they
attempt to undermine these consistent
Roe: Twenty-Five Years Later
First ThingsThe editors of First Things make a well-informed,
even dramatic, statement against the tide of Roe v. Wade. They
firmly defy the "culture of death" legacy that the Supreme Court
spawned with this most infamous decision.
Infanticide for Beginners
James NuechterleinPro-lifers have long argued that the line between abortion
and infanticide is merely an arbitrary one--the moment of birth. This
essay reviews an article, recently appearing in a well-known
publication, in which an abortion proponent makes an argument along
these same lines. In an ironic twist of rhetoric, that author turns
the concern of the abortion/infanticide distinction into an argument
to exclude newborns from the protection of murder laws.
The Public Policy of Casey v. Planned Parenthood
Michael G. SmithThis article considers the abortion issue by examining the central
argument in the Supreme Court's 1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood
decision. Points of consideration in this examination include:
feminism, abortion as murder, sexual revolution, and violence in
society. The author's argument, written from a legal point of view,
rejects the notion that abortion is simply a matter of individual
Robert BorkRobert Bork re-examines the abortion question in this sweeping
biological and philosophical discussion.
He expresses concern with the current
protected status of abortion on demand, as
well as the broader cultural implications
of such acceptance.
Abortion Before Roe
Russell HittingerWould abortion soon have become legalized across the board in state
legislatures if Roe v. Wade had left the questions to the states?
The author answers this question by considering the political and
legal climate regarding abortion prior to this landmark decision.
The America We Seek: A Statement of Pro-Life Principle and Concern
A group of authors, professors and organization leaders state their
united concern in this document for
America's unborn children. They describe
the many problems with the current status
of abortion on demand. They also address
possible solutions to this tragedy.
Doing What Can Be Done
Clarke D. ForsytheAn attorney argues against the partial-birth abortion procedure.
Roe v. McCorvey
Norma McCorvey with Gary ThomasNorma McCorvey was the plaintiff
in Roe v. Wade.
This 1973 Supreme Court decision in her favor effectively struck down
any restrictions on abortion. She used her status symbol role
in the Feminist movement to promote the Pro-Choice cause and to work
in the abortion industry. More recently, she changed her mind and
heart regarding the issue of abortion. This is her story.
Arguments Against Abortion
Kerby AndersonBiblical, medical, legal and philosophical arguments against abortion
College Right-to-Life Handbook
Andrew A. SiicreeThis handbook is intended to serve as a resource for college students
working to bring the right-to-life
movement to their campuses. It is meant to
be a practical, working manual - with a
smattering of pro-life theory for good
Sue BohlinA woman's look at abortion from a biblical position. This
essay explores the reason abortion is such an emotionally
volatile subject, as well as biblical and
medical reasons why it is wrong, concluding
with some personal stories dealing with
Facing Up to Infanticide
J. BottumEven abortion advocates are beginning to admit that abortion, although
it should remain legal, is actually the
killing of a child. The attempt to
reconcile a belief in legalized killing
with liberal "compassion" is most
difficult. The author describes the
philosophical framework of both pro-life
and pro-choice positions.
Building Holy Families the Natural Way
Cindy OmlinThe author presents a rarely heard argument on the relationship
between Christian marriage and birth control.
The Sanctity of Human Life: Harvesting Human Fetal Parts
Dr. Ray BohlinOnce a sanctity of human life standard is abandoned for a quality of
life ethic, a slippery ethical slope leads to
horrors undreamed of even 20 years ago.
Legalized abortion has led to the sale of
fetal tissue and eventually to legalized
Human Cloning: Have Human Beings Been Cloned?
Dr. Ray BohlinRecent claims to have cloned human beings are exaggerated. George
Washington University researchers Stillman and Hale more
correctly achieved artificial twinning of human embryos. True
human cloning is still a far-off possibility with
many ethical pitfalls.
Population and the Wealth of Nations
William McGurnIn the 1950's and 1960's there was a trend in academia to write and
speak out against the dangers of
overpopulation. The power of this argument
was rooted in the alleged scarcity of
resources, particularly in the Third
World. There are, however, events in
recent history which may be used to
challenge these widely held assertions.
Swearing to Life
John RoddenJustice Harry Blackmun found it necessary to render the verbiage of
the Hippocratice Oath an historical artifact
as he launched the modern abortion age.
Shortly thereafter, this traditional
physician's oath was either significantly
altered or completely abandoned by medical
schools. Attempts to build a consensus on
an alternative ethical standard for the
medical profession have proven to be less
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