euthanasia


The Mind’s Drive for Consistency

by Rachel MacNair Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in the series of blog posts based on presentations at our 30th Anniversary conference, held August 4-6, 2017. The presentation this post is based on was given at the session of the Consistent Life Network’s research arm, The Institute for Integrated Social Analysis.   Any bit…


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…


Reflections on the Charlie Gard Case

by John Whitehead The legal battle over the treatment of Charlie Gard, a gravely ill baby in the United Kingdom, recently ended. Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, and the Great Ormond Street Hospital disagreed over whether to pursue an experimental medical treatment. The parents had wished to pursue the treatment, while the hospital…


Would Nonviolence Work on the Nazis?

by Rachel MacNair   While it took time to realize the extent of the Nazis’ brutality, the night of November 9-10, 1938, gave intense warning that Jews were in great danger. Hundreds of synagogues and thousands of businesses were attacked with sledgehammers. Several dozen Jews were killed, in what became known as Kristallnacht, the Night…


Historical Black Voices: Racism Kills

February is Black History Month, celebrated in the U.S. and Canada (and in Great Britain in October); it’s commonly also called African American History Month in the U.S.  In the US, the virulence of racism leads to a disproportionate impact on African Americans of the forms of  lethal violence: more likely to be targeted for…


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…


The Creativity of the Foreclosed Option

by Rachel MacNair In an episode of Star Trek, The Next Generation, the Klingon Worf was in an accident leaving him paralyzed. According to Klingon tradition, this meant he should commit ritual suicide. He was intent on doing so. The doctor was appalled. She tried to research Klingon physiology to find treatment, but Klingons had…


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…


Figuring Out Euthanasia: What Does It Really Mean?

By Rachel MacNair, Vice President of Consistent Life, and Director, Institute for Integrated Social Analysis A lot of people when asked their position on “euthanasia” will assume you’re talking about animals being “put to sleep.” Proponents will call it “death with dignity.” The phrase “assisted suicide” is more common when it’s presented as a political…


A President for Life and Peace?

[Administrator’s Note: This is a guest commentary by Mary Meehan, a writer and speaker who was present at CL’s founding conference and has remained a friend of ours ever since. This was originally published at her site on The President We Need. It is reproduced here with her permission.] Defend Life and Peace We need…