consistent life ethic


A New Pro-Life Movement

by Shane Claiborne Note: Shane Claiborne founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia and heads up Red Letter Christians (people who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.”) His books include The Irresistible Revolution and Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why it’s Killing Us.     We…


The Marches of January

We’re usually especially busy in January, but much more this year. More to the point, consistent-lifers and pro-life feminists have gotten way, way, way more coverage than usual. This is easily done, since in the past we rarely got any. We were delighted to get one quotation into one article. There is something about current…


Hollywood Movie Insights

Now that the Golden Globes have passed and the Oscars are coming up, we’ll comment on past Hollywood movies from a consistent-life point of view. The Giver, 2014 This movie is based on a book for young people by Lois Lowry that sold over 10 million copies, so the story has huge appeal. Prolife commentators…


A Tale of Two Cruises

by Rachel MacNair   The National Review is a magazine founded by William F. Buckley in 1955 to give intellectual heft to conservatism. The Nation is a magazine that was founded in 1865 as a successor to William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator and it offers progressive thought. Each of them regards the other as being…


The Good Grandma

by Bill Samuel, President, Consistent Life Network   This Thanksgiving, a story about a Mesa, Arizona, grandmother named Wanda Dench went viral on the Internet. Wanda had texted family members about coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. One grandson had changed his number, which was now owned by 17 year old Jamal Hinton of nearby Phoenix….


The Parable of the Bridge

by Carol Crossed There was a village and a river ran through its center. Every day at 4:00 people would go to the church to pray for those who were drowning in the water. The farmers put aside their plows, the students put down their books, the mothers took their children by the hand and…


When “Choice” Itself Hurts the Quality of Life

by Richard Stith Consistent Life Network board member and Research (non-teaching) Professor of Law Editor’s note: these ideas are more fully developed in a 2011 paper available for sale, entitled Her Choice, Her Problem: How Having a Choice Can Diminish Family Solidarity. Here’s a question about “choice” and abortion, assisted suicide, and voluntary euthanasia: Could…


Adventures as a Delegate to the Democratic Party Convention

by Lisa Stiller Reminder: The Consistent Life Network’s blog is for the airing of a wide variety of views connected to the consistent life ethic. Therefore, the views are those of the author and not necessarily of the organization. Political elections are especially likely to elicit sharply differing perspectives from consistent-lifers.   It was quite…


Ancient Roots of the Consistent Life Ethic: Greece

by Mary Krane Derr  The ancient Greek mathematician, musician, vegetarian, and spiritual teacher Pythagoras (580? BCE-??) taught a nonviolence ethic rooted in the kinship of all living beings. Pythagoras’ ethic did not exclude or denigrate women. Most unconventionally, Pythagoras defined only sexual misconduct, not intercourse itself, as polluting. He accepted women equally as his students….


Mourning After & Hoping for the Future, We Call for a Consistent Life Texas!

Mourning After & Hoping for the Future, We Call for a Consistent Life Texas! Thad Crouch (speaking of himself in the third person) offers this report:   Mourning after the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) overturned two of four provisions of Texas law on medical regulations for abortion clinics —while also looking hopefully at…