abortion


Sinn Féin and the New Legacy of Violence

  by Maria Horan “The [Irish] State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” Inserted into the Irish Constitution on the…


Right-to-Life Issues in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature

  by Jeff Koloze Note: The post is based on a paper that was to be presented at the University Faculty for Life conference in 2018. The complete paper and bibliography can be found on LifeIssues.net. Now retired from his most recent position as associate professor at South University, Dr. Koloze continues teaching at various…


Defining Reproductive Justice: An Encounter

 by Julia Smucker   Among the overwhelming plethora of workshop options at this summer’s Wild Goose Festival, one in particular piqued my curiosity – not in the sense of appearing purely edifying, but as something that might be worth an effort to engage from a Consistent Life perspective. Titled, “Reproductive Justice Is _______: Moving Beyond…


The Wages of War: How Abortion Came to Japan

by John Whitehead   “I hate Japs. I’m telling you men that if I met a pregnant Japanese woman, I’d kick her in the belly.” — Remark attributed to Admiral William Halsey, commander of U.S. naval forces in the South Pacific during World War II “Tsubachan, I’m sorry I couldn’t give birth to you. I…


The Future of Fake Social Conservatism

by James R. Kelly James R. Kelly is a professor emeritus of sociology at Fordham University. Susan Bevan and Susan Cullman, co-chairwomen of the political action committee Republican Majority for Choice, wrote a much commented-on op-ed in the June 24 New York Times entitled “Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P.” For their abandoned party, for…


Does Planned Parenthood Reduce Abortions by Preventing Pregnancies?

by Rachel MacNair We’re aware of people whose hearts sincerely ache at the killing of unborn children, and who take action to educate about the horrors of abortion and otherwise try to prevent it, who ask: if PP is a major provider of contraception, and this prevents pregnancies, doesn’t PP therefore prevent abortions? PP certainly…


Where Does Martin Luther King Jr. Fit into the Consistent Life Ethic?

by Rob Arner First, if there’s anything we know, we know where Martin Luther King Jr. stood on racism and poverty – for all of his public life. We know that he came out strongly against war as well, toward the end of his public career. And we know that he saw the three as…


Parallels of Veganism and Pro-Lifeism

by Kristin Monahan I compare abortion and animal farming/exploitation. Similarities between Veganism and Pro-lifeism Both are centered around the idea of respecting life, especially that of the particularly innocent, vulnerable, voiceless, helpless, and defenseless. Concern for the right to life is present in both. With pro-lifeism, the unborn child is being killed, so the focus is…


Conscientious Objectors

Excerpt from Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion Section of Chapter 14: Differing Perspectives on Specific Populations (pages 234-237) book edited and this chapter written by Rachel M. MacNair references turned into links     For centuries, when militaries drafted people, some refused on grounds of conscience. In the 20th century, several nations recognized a legal…


Quick Responses

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…