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Will for Life – Double Down / Tony Masalonis

Life-Affirming Doctors / Anonymous & Richard Stith 

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

Consistently Nonviolent Mutual Funds

Culture of Conscience: Would You Pay Taxes that Fund Abortions if Hyde and Helms were Repealed? / Thad Crouch

Tips: Dialog

Tips on Dialogue / Rachel MacNair

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

Dialog on Life Issues: Avoiding Some Obstacles to Communication / John Whitehead

 

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

The Case for Abortion as the “Preeminent Priority” / Fr. Jim Hewes

The Consistent Peace Ethic / Rachel MacNair

 

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

Reflections from My Decades of Consistent Life Experience / Fr. Jim Hewes

 

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

Instead of Division, Schools of Thought / Rachel MacNair

Making a Nonviolent Revolution: Review of Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know  / John Whitehead

 

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

Hospital’s Attitude Adds to Couple’s Heartbreak / Sarah Terzo

The Death Penalty and Abortion: The Conservative/Liberal Straitjacket / Rachel MacNair

“I Became Like a Soldier Going to Battle”: Post-Abortion Trauma / Sarah Terzo

 

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

A Daunting Disadvantage for the Pro-Life Side / Acyutananda

 
Animal Rights

Suffering and Injustice Concern Us All / Vasu Murti

Parallels of Veganism and Prolife-ism / Kristin Monahan

 
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

The Death Penalty and Abortion: The Conservative/Liberal Straitjacket / Rachel MacNair

Death Penalty Jurisprudence of  Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Laura Denvir Stith / Laura Denvir Stith

 

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

Lethal from the Start: Uranium Mining’s Danger to the Most Vulnerable / John Whitehead

 
Euthanasia (includes infanticide)

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

#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

A Lawyer’s Turnaround on Baby Doe with Her Own Down Syndrome Baby / Sarah Terzo

Killing the Disabled / Anonymous (pen name Tara Zoe Roshe)

 
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

A Cold War Comes Home? Anti-Asian Racism in Light of US-China Hostility / John Whitehead

 

Elena in front of the Angels Unawares sculpture

Immigration

 

Children in Cages 

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

Peas of the Same Pod / Elena Muller Garcia

 
Pandemics

A Healing Metaphor: Pandemic as War / Julia Smucker

Post-pandemic: What Worries Me / Lois Kerschner

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

“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

The Random Death Sentence: COVID in Prisons and Jails / Sarah Terzo

Masking Up but Not Shutting Up: Defending Freedom of Speech during a Pandemic  / John Whitehead

Pandemics Related to Christmas / Rachel MacNair

Vaccinations and Tender Consciences / Rachel MacNair

 

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

 
Prisons

The Random Death Sentence: COVID in Prisons and Jails / Sarah Terzo

 

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

Zoom Conference: April 24, 2021

 
 
 
 
 
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

Hospital’s Attitude Adds to Couple’s Heartbreak / Sarah Terzo

 

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

Peas of the Same Pod / Elena Muller Garcia

Angela Kennedy  (1963-2020)  / Katharine Gilchrist

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

Fratelli Tutti – Consistent-Life Excerpts

 

 

 

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

Consistent Life History: Being Across the Board / Jim Hewes

 
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

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

The Civil War Conundrum, 150 Years Later / Rachel MacNair 

Abort or Face Discharge / Sarah Terzo

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)

The Biden Administration and Russia: Steps to Build a More Stable Relationship / John Whitehead

 
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

My Ideas for 2021 Legislation / Rachel MacNair

 
Nuclear Weapons

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

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

one of the quarterly anti-nuclear vigils we do with a coalition of groups

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

“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

Catastrophe by Mistake: The Button and the Danger of Accidental Nuclear War  / John Whitehead

A Global Effort to Protect Life: The UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons / John Whitehead

Lethal from the Start: Uranium Mining’s Danger to the Most Vulnerable / John Whitehead

Wasting Money on Instruments of Death: Nuclear Weapons in the 2022 Budget / John Whitehead

 

Racism

Racism and the Death Penalty  / David Cruz-Uribe

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

The Civil War Conundrum, 150 Years Later / Rachel MacNair 

“The Affairs of a Handful of Natives”: Nuclear Testing and Racism / John Whitehead

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

The Civil War Conundrum, 150 Years Later / Rachel MacNair 

Encouraging Words That Require Action: Comments on the Geneva Summit / John Whitehead

 
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

Death Penalty and other Killing: The Destructive Effect on Us / Jim Hewes

 

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

Pandemics Related to Christmas / Rachel MacNair

 

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

 

 

 

Catastrophe by Mistake: The Button and the Danger of Accidental Nuclear War  / John Whitehead

 

 

 

 

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

 

Poetry

“Seamless Garment” – Poem by Daniel Berrigan

Let us all agree on this one simple thing: It is not OK to kill people. / Robert Randall

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

 The Cure for Headache / Acyutananda 

 
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

Fratelli Tutti – Consistent-Life Excerpts

 
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