A Pro-Life Feminist Critique of the “Rape and Incest Exception”

Posted on May 23, 2017 By

 by Rachel MacNair Pregnancies resulting from the horror of a rape or incest are often proposed as cases where there should be an exception to allow or fund abortion even when it’s not allowed or funded for other pregnancies.  I’ll propose several reasons why this is a bad idea. We Oppose Abortion as Violence, Not…


Self-Defeating Violence: The Case of the First World War

Posted on May 16, 2017 By

by John Whitehead The United States recently reached the 100th anniversary of American entry into the First World War. Although American businesses had provided arms and money to the Allied nations (which included Britain, France and Russia) in their war against Germany and the other Central Powers, US President Woodrow Wilson had sought to avoid…


Removing Health Care Access is an Act of Violence

Posted on May 9, 2017 By

by Lisa Stiller Editor’s note: Many pro-lifers are celebrating the fact that a measure ending Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood is included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that was passed by the US House of Representatives on Thursday, May 4. Planned Parenthood does a huge number of abortions and is a major advocate…


Unconnecting a Dot?

Posted on May 2, 2017 By

by Carol Crossed and Rachel MacNair Note: a draft of this post was sent to staffers at Campaign Nonviolence for feedback, and they thanked us and offered no comments.    Campaign Nonviolence (CNV) has been a wonderful project, run by the organization Pace e Bene. The Consistent Life Network (CLN), also known as Consistent Life, became…


Three Reasons for Opposing the US Bombing of Syria

Posted on April 25, 2017 By

by John Whitehead The United States’ intervention in the Syrian civil war took a new turn on April 7, when American ships launched a missile strike on the Syrian government’s Al Shayrat air base. This attack on Bashar al-Assad’s regime marked a shift in US policy—previous American military actions in Syria over roughly the past…


Intolerance Knows No Partisan Boundaries

Posted on April 18, 2017 By

by Lisa Stiller As a CL board member who has been working to promote CL representation at conferences and festivals—and the vast majority of the time loving it!—I have sometimes been amazed and discouraged at the amount of intolerance found on both the Left and Right. In the spring of 2015, I applied to have…


Noncooperation with Planned Parenthood

Posted on April 12, 2017 By

by Rachel MacNair As nonviolence advocates, when we take on abortion as one of our issues we naturally want to apply the knowledge about effective nonviolent action to countering abortion practice. A major part of the theory of why nonviolence works is that any kind of power relies on other people cooperating. From independence movements…


Pondering Justice

Posted on April 4, 2017 By

by Carol Crossed Why is it so difficult to get people to act for justice? There are seven qualities that acts of justice embody. First: Justice is public. You are trying to change the culture; people need to see you.  It’s not private. Second:  Justice is judgmental.  People “admonish the sinner” and “instruct the ignorant.” We…


More than Double the Trouble: Another Way of Connecting

Posted on March 28, 2017 By

by Rachel MacNair An important idea for understanding how social injustice works is making the rounds. It’s called “intersectionality,” and it’s a specialized way of connecting issues. That makes it right up our alley. Many good examples of intersectionality  have been offered, but those of us familiar with the consistent life ethic can offer some…


Progressive Prolifers at the Progressive Magazine 100th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on March 22, 2017 By

by Mary Krane Derr Note: this was originally published in the Consistent Life Network’s paper newsletter at the time it happened in 2009. It is offered now in the history of our adventures. We weren’t gate crashers. We were there as part of the festivities, sometimes recognized, sometimes not, sometimes welcome, sometimes, not. For starters, take…