Quick Responses

Posted on May 22, 2018 By

by Rachel MacNair While there’s not much you as a consistent life ethic supporter can do with the obstinate, many people who don’t agree with us on life and peace issues are willing to listen to what we have to say. A lot of questions really require in-depth answers, and when you have the time…


Different Ways of Looking at Issues

Posted on May 15, 2018 By

Editor’s Note: As usual with our blog, opinions expressed are those of the author only. Our mission statement includes opposition to poverty but doesn’t include the issue of “gun violence.” Our general policy is to accommodate a variety of different strategies—including different laws or public policies—to advance our mission, provided those strategies are nonviolent and…


The Real Meaning of Mother’s Day

Posted on May 8, 2018 By

by Rob Arner Mother’s Day is the singular day when the culture turns its attention to honor the mothers among us – our own, or those whom we admire. It’s nearly impossible to get a table at a nice restaurant to take your mother out without reservations far in advance. Hallmark and other greeting card…


Rejoicing in the Gospel of Life?

Posted on May 1, 2018 By

  compiled by Tony Masalonis from a discussion by (in alphabetical order) Tony Masalonis, Bill Samuel, Julia Smucker, Lisa Stiller, Richard Stith   Consistent Life Network blog posts express the opinion of the authors only. Although several of our Board members contributed to it, this post does not represent an official statement by Consistent Life…


Finding Common Ground on and Learning from World War II

Posted on April 24, 2018 By

by John Whitehead Writing on this blog, Consistent Life Vice President Rachel MacNair recently examined several moral issues related to the Second World War and how we interpret and remember that war today (see The Darkest Hour—“Glorifying” War?). An observation in that piece that struck me was that when a nonviolence advocate discusses war with…


Tribalism: A Major Obstacle for Building Bridges

Posted on April 17, 2018 By

by Rachel MacNair   Two media personalities, one right-wing, the other left-wing, have recently been in the public eye for their comments on abortion. Writer Kevin Williamson has been in the news because he was hired by The Atlantic and then, before starting, was dismissed because of abortion-related comments. Also, John Oliver in his comedy…


How Euthanasia and Poverty Threaten the Disabled

Posted on April 10, 2018 By

by Sarah Terzo This is Part 2 of 2. Part 1 was How Ableism Led (and Leads) to Abortion   Now that abortion has become entrenched in our culture, people are pushing for legalizing suicide. Currently in the United States, usually if someone wants to commit suicide, the police can be called. Suicidal persons will…


Eugenics in Roe v. Wade

Posted on April 3, 2018 By

by John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe Editor’s note: this is an excerpt from the book The Roots of Racism and Abortion: An Exploration of Eugenics, pp. 151-153.   The 1973 Supreme Court decisions that ended all legal protection of unborn children were based on eugenics. Despite that, comments about the decisions usually focus on privacy and women’s rights,…


How Ableism Led (and Leads) to Abortion

Posted on March 27, 2018 By

by Sarah Terzo   Part 1 of 2; Part 2 is How Euthanasia and Poverty Threaten the Disabled.   To be truly pro-life is to value all human beings. People are valuable not because of what we can do but because of what we are: human beings. For pro-lifers, people are not judged by how…


Post-World War II Eugenics

Posted on March 20, 2018 By

by John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe Editor’s note: this is an excerpt from the book The Roots of Racism and Abortion: An Exploration of Eugenics, pp. 114-116. The dominant figure in American eugenics after World War II was a complex individual, Frederick Osborn (1889-1981). He is credited with reforming eugenics, removing the taint of racism and putting the…