connecting issues


Stewardship and the Consistent Life Ethic

by Tom Taylor Alarming reports about climate change and ecological damage along with John Whitehead’s recent blog post on climate change have led me to thinking about stewardship. The principle of stewardship, it seems to me, is inherent in the Consistent Life Ethic (CLE), has great value as a positive expression of CLE in practice,…


Rehumanize International – 6th Annual Conference

The 6th annual conference of our member group, Rehumanize International, happened October 18-20, 2019, in New Orleans. Consistent Life Network was a co-sponsor, and several of us attended. Sessions offered from CLN officers included: “Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress, Moral Injury, & the CLE” (Rachel MacNair) and “Apocalypse Never: Why We Must Reject Nuclear Weapons” (John Whitehead)….


Abby Johnson Remembers Dan Berrigan

Both Abby Johnson and Dan Berrigan are Consistent Life endorsers. Abby Johnson  ministers to abortion clinic workers to help them leave the industry and heal through her organization And Then There Were None and her book, Unplanned, recently adapted as a feature film, which tells the story of her conversion from Planned Parenthood Clinic Director…


The Price of Violence: When Dehumanizing the Vulnerable Hurts One’s Own Causes

by Julia Smucker   Last October, in one of a series of opinion pieces in Slate on how the political left should approach the U.S. Supreme Court, Christopher John Sprigman made the point that the liberalization of abortion laws that came with Roe v. Wade, without popular consensus in its favor, has proven disastrous for…


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…


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…


Almost No One?

by Rachel MacNair In our neck of the internet, many are abuzz over an article in Christianity Today (CT) entitled “Almost No One in the US Believes in a ‘Consistent Ethic of Life.’” The subheading is: “Pope Francis’ critique of President Trump would apply to 96 percent of Americans, surveys suggest.” Thousands of hits, hundreds…


My Difficulty in Voting: Identifying the Problem

by Monica Sohler Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in the series of blog posts based on presentations at our 30th Anniversary conference, held August 4-6, 2017. The Consistent Life Network doesn’t endorse specific candidates or political parties, but offers helpful information on all of them.   “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution….


War Causes Abortion

by Rachel MacNair and Catherine Coyle This is a condensed version of Chapter 4 in Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion. References are in APA style – authors in parentheses, full citation at the bottom. War as an Instrument of Unchosen Abortion  In an article entitled “Abortion and War,” Emanuel Charles McCarthy (2011) points out what…


Unconnecting a Dot?

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…