abortion


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…


Rejoicing in the Gospel of Life?

  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…


Tribalism: A Major Obstacle for Building Bridges

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 Ableism Led (and Leads) to Abortion

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…


Amnesty International’s Blind Spot

by Julia Smucker Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is well known for its advocacy on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized people around the world. Amnesty’s goal is a worthy one, and  many of its efforts are to be commended.  The organization’s laudable work in defense of human rights makes it all the more unfortunate that…


Seeking Peaceful Coexistence: The Varied Ways of Supporting a Consistent Life Ethic

by John Whitehead That consistent ethic of life advocates are at odds with more conventional American political categories—conservative, liberal, libertarian—is well recognized. Less often recognized are the ways different consistent life ethic advocates diverge from each other and the tensions this can cause. People can understand the consistent life ethic in different ways and have…


Healing for the Perpetrators: The Psychological Damage from Different Types of Killing

by Sarah Terzo Violence harms not only its victims but in some cases also harms its perpetrators. Consistent Life Network Vice President Rachel MacNair has written extensively on how those who kill (in war, in abortion clinics, in execution chambers) are psychologically damaged by their actions, a situation she calls “Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress (PITS).” Recent…