abortion


The Early Christian Tradition

    Remarks from Rob Arner at the Warminster March for Life, November 2, 2019, at the Warminster Planned Parenthood center where they do abortions. Slightly edited.         It’s wonderful to be with you this afternoon for the first of what will hopefully be an annual event at this facility, until such…


Prevention of Child Abuse

by Rachel M. MacNair, Ph.D. Excerpts of Chapter 13 in Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion. References are turned into links.     Abuse of children is among the most horrific forms of violence and is depressingly widespread world-wide. Therefore, it is important to know whether the impact of abortion on its prevalence is helpful, harmful,…


Pro-Life Voting Strategy: A Problem without an Answer

A reminder: The Consistent Life Network doesn’t necessarily endorse everything said in its blog, since we encourage individual writers to express a variety of views. This is especially so when analyzing elections.   by John Whitehead With a new electoral season looming before Americans, we’ll no doubt soon hear the latest round of a long-running…


Peace & Life Referendums

by Rachel MacNair A reminder: The Consistent Life Network doesn’t necessarily endorse everything said in its blog, since we encourage individual writers to express a variety of views. This is especially so when analyzing elections. Because potential referendums get added and subtracted, this post will be updated now and then. The original post is September…


Abortion and Violence Against Pregnant Women

by Martha Shuping, M.D.   This is based on a handout Dr. Shuping made for widespread use; she sent it to us and we adapted it with her approval. Martha Shuping is a psychiatrist, and wrote several chapters of the book Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion, edited by Rachel MacNair.   Intimate Partner Violence Intimate…


What Does It Mean to Be Inconsistent?

by Julia Smucker   CLN President John Whitehead recently put a question to fellow consistent-lifers: does it necessarily make sense to call people “inconsistent” for not fully adhering to the consistent life ethic (CLE)? After all, the reasons people give for approving of some forms of killing and disapproving of others often follow their own…


“Everybody Else in the World Was Dead”: Hiroshima’s Legacy

(compiled by John Whitehead) The American atomic bombing of Hiroshima was 74 years ago today, August 6th. To mark the anniversary, we share stories from bombing survivors, in Japanese hibakusha (“bomb-affected people”). Hibakusha Stories Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was at home that morning, which was “still, warm, and beautiful. Shimmering leaves, reflecting sunlight from a cloudless…


Activists, Beware: Burnout is a Very Real Danger

by Rachel MacNair Part 2 of 2 posts responding to Ward Ricker’s essay, “Prolife – Not.” Here’s Part 1.   Ward Ricker’s main point is: haven’t pro-lifers been ineffective because we’ve sent mixed messages? Mainly, we’re proclaiming an abortion to be the murder of an innocent child, and yet our behavior shows we’re not taking…


“Why Haven’t We Ended Abortion?”

by Rachel MacNair Part 1 of 2 posts responding to Ward Ricker’s essay, “Prolife – Not” Ward Ricker has been active in opposing abortion, but has recently written an essay expressing alienation from the pro-life movement. In Part 2, I’ll address that feeling of alienation more directly, but first I was challenged by his complaint…


Oppressors of Women Scapegoat Fetuses to Preserve Patriarchy

by Richard Stith [Originally published in The New Human (Vol. VI, No. 5, June 1977), newsletter of the National Youth Pro-Life Coalition,, under the title “Abortion Proponents Are Often Exploiters of Women.” Lightly edited.] We’re all familiar with the argument that racism is fomented by those who exploit poor whites, in order to generate a…