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Tips: Action & Dialog

Will for Life – Double Down / Tony Masalonis

Life-Affirming Doctors / Anonymous & Richard Stith 

Activists, Beware: Burnout is a Very Real Danger / Rachel MacNair

Tips on Dialogue / Rachel MacNair

Two Practical Dialogue Tips for Changing More Minds about Abortion / Josh Brahm

 

 

Perspectives on the Consistent Life Ethic

Spice Things Up with the Consistent Life Ethic / Carol Crossed

People Are So Much More Than Their Circumstances / Lisa Stiller

Pondering Justice / Carol Crossed

Seeking Peaceful Coexistence: The Varied Ways of Supporting a Consistent Life Ethic / John Whitehead

More than Double the Trouble: Another Way of Connecting [intersectionality] / Rachel MacNair

Different Ways of Looking at Issues / Sarah Terzo

The Vital Need for Diversity / Sarah Terzo

 
 
Win-Lose is a Mirage / Bill Samuel
 

What Does it Mean to be Inconsistent? / Julia Smucker

Specialization or Generalization? The Many Ways of Following the Consistent Life Ethic / John Whitehead

 

Answering Criticisms of the Consistent Life Ethic

Does the Consistent Life Ethic Water Down Life Issues? / Bill Samuel

Equal Concern for Each Human Being, Not for Each Human Issue / Richard Stith

Is Abortion Different from Other Violence? / Julia Smucker

 

Dynamics of Nonviolence

The Creativity of the Fore-closed Option / Rachel MacNair

The Parable of the Bridge / Carol Crossed

The Good Grandma / Bill Samuel

A New Pro-life Movement  / Shane Claiborne

No Resort to Violence / Jim Kelly

To Know a Person is to Recognize a Human  / Julia Smucker

Dynamics of Violence

 

Where Violence Begins  / Rachel MacNair

When “Choice” Itself Hurts the Quality of Life / Richard Stith

Misogyny vs. Patriarchy / Rachel MacNair

Oppressors of Women Scapegoat Fetuses to Preserve Patriarchy / Richard Stith

Abortion and War: Breaking through the Euphemism Barrier / Sarah Field

 

Dynamics of Social Movements

Converts or Heretics? / Rachel MacNair

Tribalism: A Major Obstacle for Building Bridges / Rachel MacNair

 

Thoughts on Issues

Abortion

If Men Could Get Pregnant / Rachel MacNair

What Do Men Have to Say on Abortion? / Rachel MacNair

Guns and Abortion: Extremists Resemble Each Other / Carol Crossed

Amnesty International’s Blind Spot / Julia Smucker

“Why Haven’t We Ended Abortion? / Rachel MacNair

How Abortion is Useful for Rape Culture / Rachel MacNair

“Trust Landlords”: Pro-Choice Candidate Supports Eviction Rights / Richard Stith

 
Animal Rights

Suffering and Injustice Concern Us All / Vasu Murti

Parallels of Veganism and Prolife-ism / Kristin Monahan

 
Environmentalism and Contaminants

Stewardship and the Consistent Life Ethic / Tom Taylor

Climate Change and the Consistent Life Ethic: An Opportunity to Connect Issues / John Whitehead

Tear Gas and Miscarriages / Sarah Terzo

 
Death Penalty

Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty / Destiny Herndon-de la Rosa

Racism and the Death Penalty  / David Cruz-Uribe

Is the Death Penalty Unethical? / Hannah Cox

Euthanasia

Figuring out Euthanasia: What Does it Really Mean? / Rachel MacNair

Reflections on the Charlie Gard Case / John Whitehead

#SayHisName: The Medical Murder of Michael Hickson / Sophie Trist

How Euthanasia and Poverty Threaten the Disabled / Sarah Terzo

What’s Cruel for the Incarcerated is Cruel for the Terminally Ill / Jacqueline H. Abernathy

Will I be Treated the Same Way Now? / Anonymous

 
Guns

Guns and Abortion: Extremists Resemble Each Other / Carol Crossed

 
Human rights

Open Letter to Fellow Human Rights Activists / Richard Stith

Human Rights & the Right to Life: Reconsidering Conventional Human Rights Activism / John Whitehead

“I Gave Birth to Too Many Children”: Population Control and Repression in Xinjiang / John Whitehead

 
Pandemics

 

A Healing Metaphor: Pandemic as War / Julia Smucker

Post-pandemic: What Worries Me / Lois Kerschenr       

“Millions Who Are Already Hanging by a Thread”: The Global Repercussions of Covid-19 / John Whitehead

Mask Up: It’s Pro-Life / Sophie Trist & Alex Christian Lucas

 

Police Brutality

Voices on Police Brutality in the Aftermath of the Murder of George Floyd

Tear Gas and Miscarriages / Sarah Terzo

Police Brutality to the Preborn / Sarah Terzo

Police Brutality Against Protesters / Sarah Terzo

 
Poverty

Over 20 Million People Facing Starvation – And We Should Care! / Tony Magliano

How Euthanasia and Poverty Threaten the Disabled / Sarah Terzo

“Millions Who Are Already Hanging by a Thread”: The Global Repercussions of Covid-19 / John Whitehead

 
Women’s Rights

Gendercide: Millions of “Missing” (Dead) Women

Abortion and Violence Against Pregnant Women / Martha Shuping, M.D.

The Myth of Sexual Autonomy / Julianne Wiley

How Abortion is Useful for Rape Culture / Rachel MacNair

 

 

Personal

Actions and Adventures in Large Groups

Violence Bolstered by Professional Contradictions (in the American Psychological Association) / Rachel MacNair

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

My Day at the Democratic National Convention / Rob Arner

Adventures as a Delegate to the Democratic Party Convention / Lisa Stiller

A Tale of Two Cruises / Rachel MacNair

The Marches of January (2017)

Progressive Prolifers at the Progressive Magazine 100th Anniversary Celebration / Mary Krane Derr

Unconnecting a Dot? (Campaign Nonviolence) / Rachel MacNair

Roe Anniversary Protests, 2019

An Example of Why the Peace Movement is in Deep Trouble / Rachel MacNair

When Women Lead: The Pro-life Women’s Conference / C.J. Williams

Rehumanize International – 6th Annual Conference (2019)

#Rehumanize2020: Experiences of a Virtual Conference (2020)

Purple Sash Revolution / C.J. Williams

Fifty Years of Protesting for Peace / Lisa Stiller

 

 
 
 
 
 
Individual Encounters

The Adventures of Organizing as a Consistent Lifer / Lisa Stiller

The Frustrations of Being a Consistent Life Activist / Lisa Stiller

Intolerance Knows No Partisan Boundaries / Lisa Stiller

My Trip to Pakistan / Rachel MacNair

Defining Reproductive Justice: An Encounter / Julia Smucker

A Friendly Approach / Richard Stith

 

Violence Workers (Present and Former)

Abortion Doctor Says: We are the Executioners / Sarah Terzo

“But I was Empty”: The Story of a Doctor Who Left Planned Parenthood  / Sarah Terzo

 

Personal Journeys (in alphabetical order by last name)

On Being a Consistent Chimera / Rob Arner

Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty / Destiny Herndon-de la Rosa

Coming to Peace and Living a Consistent Life After Military Service / Eve Dawn Kuha

My Personal Journey on Veganism, War, and Abortion / Frank Lane

Off the Fence and Taking My Stand on Abortion / Mary Liepold

Sharon Long: My Personal Pro-life Journey / Sharon Long

Reconstruction of a Nation: Resilience in the Face of Terror  / Aneeza Pervez of Pakistan

Nukes and the Pro-Life Christian: A Conservative Takes a Second Look at the Morality of Nuclear Weapons / Karen Swallow Prior

The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat / Jessica Renshaw

Supporting the Dignity of Every Life / Bill Samuel

Brown v. Board of Education and Me / Bill Samuel

Will I be Treated the Same Way Now?  / Anonymous

 

In Their Own Voices (sets of quotations)

Women with Disabilities Speak

Historical Black Voices: Racism Kills

When Linking Abortion with Other Violence Comes Naturally to Pro-lifers – Part 1: Connections Show Importance

When Linking Abortion with Other Violence Comes Naturally to Pro-lifers – Part 2: Consistency Strengthens the Case

“An Inferno That Even the Mind of Dante Could Not Envision”: Martin Luther King on Nuclear Weapons

Voices on Police Brutality in the Aftermath of the Murder of George Floyd

 

History

 History of the Consistent Life Ethic

First Stirrings in Connecting the Life Issues / Carol Crossed

The Consistent Life Consensus in Ancient Christianity / Rob Arner

Ancient Roots of the Consistent Life Ethic: Greece / Mary Krane Derr

The Adventures of Prolifers for Survival: Scorned by Mobilization for Survival / Carol Crossed

Reminiscing on the Founding Meeting of the Consistent Life Network / Carol Crossed

Activists Reminisce: An Oral History of Prolifers for Survival

The History of Framing the Arguments / Jim Kelly

Common Ground  / Jim Kelly

 

Violence

Rejecting Mass Murder: Looking Back on Hiroshima and Nagasaki / John Whitehead

Finding Common Ground on and Learning from World War II  / John Whitehead

How Ableism Led (and Leads) to Abortion / Sarah Terzo

The Wages of War, Part 1: How Abortion Came to Japan / John Whitehead

Wages of War, Part 2: How Forced Sterilization Came to Japan / John Whitehead

Nuclear Disarmament as a Social Justice Issue / John Whitehead

“Remember Pearl Harbor—Keep ‘Em Dying”: War and Racism in the Pacific / John Whitehead

Five excerpts from the book Racism and Abortion by John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe: 

1. Plato’s Words about Eugenics 

2. The Jukes and Kallikaks “Studies”

3. Sterilizing the “Unfit”

4. Post-World War II Eugenics

5. Eugenics in Roe v. Wade

 

Nonviolence Advocacy (outside the consistent life ethic)

The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat / Jessica Renshaw

The Real Meaning of Mother’s Day / Rob Arner

 

Violence Overcome

A Historical Success Story: Duels / Rachel MacNair

Our Experience with Overturning Terrible Court Decisions / Rachel MacNair 

Would Nonviolence Work on the Nazis? / Rachel MacNair

East Germany’s Peaceful Revolution: Remembering the Berlin Wall’s Fall / John Whitehead

 

Notable Individuals (in alphabetical order)

Women’s History Month: Jane Addams / Mary Krane Derr & others

Courageous Woman: Elizabeth Anscombe (1919-2001) / Julianne Wiley

Valentine Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass  / Carol Crossed

Celebrating the Life of Daniel Berrigan

Abby Johnson Remembers Dan Berrigan

Dorothy Day and the Consistent Life Ethic: Rejecting Conventional Political Paradigms / Rob Arner

Remembering Gandhi at 150: The Power of Nonviolence and Respect for Life

Is it Too Late? 1971 Speech of Fannie Lou Hamer

Nat Hentoff, Rest in Peace

Remembering Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr. / Patrick O’Neill

Where Does Martin Luther King Jr. Fit Into the Consistent Life Ethic? / Rob Arner

Dr. Charlotte Denman Lozier (1844-1870): Restellism Exposed

How to Value People Like Mister Rogers / Andrew Hocking

The Redemptive Personalism of Saint Oscar Romero / Julia Smucker

Elizabeth Cady Stanton / Mary Krane Derr & Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Difference this Time: Prolife Heroism  (Garrett Swasey, the pro-life police officer killed in shootings at the Colorado Planned Parenthood] / Rachel MacNair

 

Documents

Is it Too Late? 1971 Speech of Fannie Lou Hamer

The Poor Cry Out for Justice, and We Respond with Legalized Abortion / Graciela Olivarez

 

Graciela Olivarez

Fannie Lou Hamer

 

 

 

 

 

Government Policy

Administrative Policy

Children in Cages (compilation of statements on separation of US immigrant parents and children)

 
Courts

Our Experience with Overturning Terrible Court Decisions / Rachel MacNair

Eugenics in Roe v. Wade / John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe

Brown v. Board of Education and Me / Bill Samuel

June 29: Double Day of Death Dealing at the Supreme Court

 

Election Politics

See our website: Peace and Life Referendums

A President for Life and Peace? / Mary Meehan

Varieties of Hawk: Clinton v. Trump on Foreign Policy / John Whitehead

My Day at the Democratic National Convention / Rob Arner

Inconsistency Sabotages the Peace Movement   / Rachel MacNair

Adventures as a Delegate to the Democratic Party Convention / Lisa Stiller

My Difficulty in Voting: Identifying the Problem (about the American Solidarity Party) / Monica Sohler

The Future of Fake Conservatism / Jim Kelly

Pro-life Voting Strategy: A Problem without an Answer / John Whitehead

How Consistent-life Advocacy Would Benefit from Ranked-Choice Voting / Rachel MacNair

Elections 2020: Three Consistent-Life Approaches / Rachel MacNair

 

Laws – Ireland

 

Maria Horan

Sinn Féin and the New Legacy of Violence / Maria Horan

The Referendum on Abortion in Ireland: The Violation of Rights / Maria Horan

Northern Ireland’s New Colonialism / Maria Horan

Ireland’s Votes for Violence: Sinn Féin and Abortion / Maria Horan

Ireland’s New Silence and Its 6,666 Victims / Maria Horan

 

Laws – U.S.

Should Abortions be Illegal? / Bill Samuel

Who the Law Targets / Rachel MacNair

Why the Hyde Amendment Helps Low-Income Women / Rachel MacNair

Removing Health Care Access is an Act of Violence / Lisa Stiller

A Pro-Life Feminist Critique of the “Rape and Incest Exception” / Rachel MacNair

A War on the People: A Review of One Child Nation / John Whitehead

Climate Change and the Consistent Life Ethic: An Opportunity to Connect Issues / John Whitehead

Sickness is the Health of the State? Civil Liberties and Conflict during a Pandemic / John Whitehead

 
Nuclear Weapons

Rejecting Mass Murder: Looking Back on Hiroshima and Nagasaki / John Whitehead

The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat / Jessica Renshaw

To Save Humanity: What I Learned at the “Two Minutes to Midnight” Conference / John Whitehead

Nuclear Disarmament as a Social Justice Issue / John Whitehead

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

The Danger That Faces Us All: Hiroshima and Nagasaki after 75 Years / John Whitehead

 
Racism

Racism and the Death Penalty  / David Cruz-Uribe

Voices on Police Brutality in the Aftermath of the Murder of George Floyd

War Policy (other than Nuclear Weapons, covered above)

Three Reasons for Opposing the US Bombing of Syria / John Whitehead

Wars Cause Abortion / Rachel MacNair

Making the Case for Peace to Conservatives / John Whitehead

Using Empathy during a New Cold War / John Whitehead

Would Nonviolence Work on the Nazis? / Rachel MacNair

The Darkest Hour: “Glorifying” War? / Rachel MacNair

Finding Common Ground on and Learning from World War II / Rachel MacNair

Would My Grandparents Have Died in the Pogroms? / Lisa Stiller

 

Planned Parenthood

See campaign website: Finding Alternatives to Planned Parenthood

Defunding Planned Parenthood? / Rachel MacNair

Noncooperation with Planned Parenthood / Rachel MacNair

Finding Alternatives to Planned Parenthood / Rachel MacNair

Does Planned Parenthood Reduce Abortions by Preventing Pregnancies? / Rachel MacNair

Planned Parenthood Staff Revolt / Rachel MacNair

 

 

Psychology & Sociology

Violence Bolstered by Professional Contradictions / Rachel MacNair

The Creativity of the Fore-closed Option / Rachel MacNair

Where Violence Begins / Rachel MacNair

Excerpt – Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion

Excerpt – Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion: Wars Cause Abortion

Excerpt – Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion: Child Abuse

Common Ground / Jim Kelly

Almost No One? How Survey Polls Work / Rachel MacNair

The Mind’s Drive for Consistency/ Rachel MacNair

Healing for the Perpetrators: The Psychological Damage from Different Types of Killing / Sarah Terzo

Does Socially-Approved Killing Increase Criminal Homicide? / Rachel MacNair 

Explaining Belligerency / Rachel MacNair

 

Literature

Commentaries on Literature

It’s a Wonderful Movement  / Rachel MacNair

Right-to-Life Issues in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature / Jeff Koloze

Dickens (Christmas literature)

Recognizing Humanity: Orwell and the Consistent Life Ethic / John Whitehead

“Somewhere Else When the Trigger is Pulled”: Orwell and War / John Whitehead


Book Reviews

A Way Beyond the Abortion Wars? / Bill Samuel (book by Charles C. Camosy)

Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-life Movement Before Roe v. Wade / Carol Crossed (book by Daniel K. Williams)

 

 

 

 

The Tragedy of Carrie Buck: A Review of Imbeciles  / Mary Lou Bennett (book by Adam Cohen)

 

 

 

How to Move from Theory to Practice: Reading “A Consistent Life”  / John Whitehead (book by Mary Grace Coltharp & Aimee Murphy)

 

 

 

Resisting Throwaway Culture / Mary Lou Bennett

 

 

 
 
 

Movie and Television Reviews

Hollywood Movie Insights (The Giver, The Whistleblower, and The Ides of March) / Rachel MacNair

Mothers and Daughters / Mary Bennett

Three Nonviolent Lessons from Dr. Who / Andrew Hocking

The Darkest Hour: “Glorifying” War? / Rachel MacNair

Movies with Racism Themes: “Gosnell” and “The Hate U Give” / Rachel MacNair

How Black Panther Promotes a Consistent Life Ethic / Andrew Hocking

Jasmine, Aladdin, and the Power of Nonviolence / Rachel MacNair

 
 
 

A War on the People: A Review of One Child Nation / John Whitehead

 

 

 

 

A Consistent Day in the Neighborhood / Andrew Hocking

The Message of “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”: Abortion Gets Sexual Predators Off the Hook / Rachel MacNair

Justice Littered with Injustice: Viewing Just Mercy in a Charged Moment / Julia Smucker

 

Poems

“Seamless Garment” – Poem by Daniel Berrigan

What Do Men Have to Say on Abortion? (has three limericks) / Rachel MacNair

 

Art Exhibits

Gendercide: Millions of “Missing” (Dead) Women

 

Media

Media Stories on Abortion Access / Julia Smucker and Rachel MacNair

 

Religion

Atheism

The Vital Need for Diversity / Sarah Terzo

 

Christianity

The Consistent Life Consensus in Ancient Christianity  / Rob Arner

On Praying for the Military / Julia Smucker

The Early Christian Tradition / Rob Arner

 

Hinduism

Abortion and War are the Karma for Killing Animals / Vasu Murti

 

Interfaith

Why the Interfaith Approach is Important / Rachel MacNair

 

Islam

Breaking Stereotypes in Fearful Times / John Whitehead

 

Paganism

Ancient Roots of the Consistent Life Ethic: Greece / Mary Krane Derr