abortion


The Impact of Abortion on Child Abuse

by Rachel MacNair Here’s the reasoning for an assertion that abortion availability helps reduce  child abuse: Abuse can be caused when children were born unwanted and are therefore resented. There may be fewer births in those groups most likely to engage in child maltreatment. And here’s the reasoning to think abortion availability helps increase  child…


The Referendum on Abortion in Ireland: The Violation of Rights

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 7th…


How Abortion is Useful for Rape Culture

by Rachel MacNair During this time of uproar over an allegation against Brett Kavanaugh of committing attempted rape when he was 17, I’d like to remark on the connection of the violence of rape with the violence of abortion. I see it much differently from many of the pundits. It’s a mark of social progress…


Answering Objections to the Consistent Life Ethic from Mainstream Pro-Lifers

by John Whitehead Advocacy for the consistent life ethic (CLE) requires making the CLE more comprehensible and appealing to those with very different philosophies. Consistent Life Network Vice President Rachel MacNair offered valuable guidelines for discussions about the CLE in her blog post, “Tips on Dialogue.” Taking a cue from her post, I offer thoughts…


Media Stories on Abortion Access

The PBS NewsHour ran a 10-minute story called Even with Roe v. Wade intact, many states have aggressively restricted abortion access (September 7, 2018). We offer below a letter in response from one of our board members, and then some comments on this kind of story from another board member. Since the episode and a…


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…