Authors

Jacqueline H. Abernathy

What’s Cruel for the Incarcerated is Cruel for the Terminally Ill

 

Acyutananda

Acyutananda (“c” pronounced as in “ciao”) is a yoga monk. Blog: No Termination Without Representation.

 

 The Cure for Headache (poem)

A Daunting Disadvantage for the Pro-Life Side

Rob Arner

(CLN Board member)

Rob Arner is author of Consistently Pro-Life: The Ethics of Bloodshed in Ancient Christianity

My Day at the Democratic National Convention

On Being a Consistent Chimera

The Consistent Life Consensus in Ancient Christianity 

The Real Meaning of Mother’s Day

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

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

The Early Christian Tradition

Mary Lou Bennett

The Tragedy of Carrie Buck: A Review of Imbeciles

Mothers and Daughters (movie review)

Book Review: “Resisting Throwaway Culture”

Daniel Berrigan

“Seamless Garment” – Poem by Daniel Berrigan

 

Ms. Boomer-ang (pen name)

Political Homelessness is Better than a Wrong Political Home

“Shut Up and Enjoy it!”: Abortion Promoters who Sexually Pressure Women

 

 

Josh Brahm

Josh Brahm is the President and Co-Founder of Equal Rights Institute, an organization that trains pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively. They use speaking, writing, YouTube videos, podcasts, online courses, and campus outreach to train pro-life advocates in the areas of practical dialogue tips, relational apologetics, pro-life philosophy, and sidewalk counseling.

Two Practical Dialogue Tips for Changing More Minds about Abortion

 

John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe

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

Shane Claiborne

A New Pro-life Movement 

 

 

Hannah Cox

Hannah Cox is the Senior National Manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.

Is the Death Penalty Unethical? 

 

Carol Crossed

(CLN Advisory Board member)

Carol Crossed

First Stirrings in Connecting the Life Issues

The Adventures of Prolifers for Survival: Scorned by Mobilization for Survival

Reminiscing on the Founding Meeting of the Consistent Life Network

Spice Things Up with the Consistent Life Ethic

Pondering Justice 

The Parable of the Bridge

Guns and Abortion: Extremists Resemble Each Other 

Valentine Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass 

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

 

Thad Crouch

(CLN Advisory Board member)

Thad Crouch is a social media consultant for the American Solidarity Party, producer of the Choose Life Abort War Podcast for Peace, and a member of both the Respect Life Ministry and Parish Social Ministry Committee at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.

 

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

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

 

David Cruz-Uribe

(CLN Board Member)

Racism and the Death Penalty

 

Mary Krane Derr

Mary’s expertise was in historical research for pro-life feminism and the consistent life ethic. She was responsible for most of the “Yesterday” section of ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today. She died in 2012; see our memorial special issue.  

Progressive Prolifers at the Progressive Magazine 100th Anniversary Celebration 

Ancient Roots of the Consistent Life Ethic: Greece

Women’s History Month: Jane Addams

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Sarah Field

Sarah Field believes she can learn something from everyone she meets. She has also contributed to the Imago Dei Politics and American Solidarity Party blogs.

Abortion and War: Breaking through the Euphemism Barrier

 

Elena Muller Garcia

M.A. in Religious Studies

Peas of the Same Pod

 

Destiny Herndon-de la Rosa

Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty

 

 

Fr. Jim Hewes

Father Hewes helped found the Diocese of Rochester Human Life Commission in 1978, with our charter clearly being a consistent life ethic, five years before Cardinal Bernardin gave his famous talk at Fordham on the CLE.

Death Penalty and other Killing: The Destructive Effect on Us

Consistent Life History: Being Across the Board

Reflections from My Decades of Consistent Life Experience

The Case for Abortion as the “Preeminent Priority”

The Consistent Life Ethic: My Christian Perspective

 

 

Andrew Hocking

Andrew Hocking writes about spiritual and political themes in movies, TV, and books at asyourpoetshavesaid.com.

How to Value People Like Mister Rogers

Three Nonviolent Lessons from Dr. Who

How Black Panther Promotes a Consistent Life Ethic

A Consistent Day in the Neighborhood

Maria Horan

Sinn Féin and the New Legacy of Violence

The Referendum on Abortion in Ireland: The Violation of Rights

Northern Ireland’s New Colonialism

Ireland’s Votes for Violence: Sinn Féin and Abortion

Ireland’s New Silence and Its 6,666 Victims

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic who’s now actively pro-life, as portrayed in the movie Unplanned, which was based on her book of the same name. 

Abby Johnson Remembers Dan Berrigan

Jim Kelly

No Resort to Violence 

The History of Framing the Arguments

Common Ground

The Future of Fake Conservatism

Katharine Gilchrist

Angela Kennedy  (1963-2020)

Lois Kerschen

Lois is an author and retired educator who has been engaged for 40 years in pro-life and other activism. She co-founded and was a long-time board member of Democrats for Life of America. Lois is also a supporter of Feminists for Life and involved with church charities.

Post-pandemic: What Worries Me

Jeff Koloze

Jeff is a member of University Faculty for Life; our post is adapted from a paper he gave there. 

Right-to-Life Issues in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature

Eve Dawn Kuha

Coming to Peace and Living a Consistent Life After Military Service

 

Frank Lane

My Personal Journey on Veganism, War, and Abortion

Sharon Long

Sharon Long: My Personal Pro-life Journey

Mary Liepold

Off the Fence and Taking My Stand on Abortion

 

Alex Christian Lucas

Alex Christian Lucas is a New Orleans native who has been involved in pro-life activism since his high school days and founded the current Consistent Life Ethic pro-life student group at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a member of the Committee on Human Trafficking for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, has testified in Committee at the Louisiana capitol to end the death penalty, participated in mother/baby supply drives for immigrants at the border, and raised money for the homeless at Covenant House. After his graduation from Loyola in the spring of 2020, Alex Christian will pursue a Masters degree in musical theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.  

Mask Up: It’s Pro-Life

Rachel MacNair

(CLN Board member)

Rachel – Reflections on Social Movements

It’s a Wonderful Movement 

Activists, Beware: Burnout is a Very Real Danger

Converts or Heretics?

Tribalism: A Major Obstacle for Building Bridges

Inconsistency Sabotages the Peace Movement 

Almost No One? How Survey Polls Work

Why Haven’t We Ended Abortion?

Unconnecting a Dot? (Campaign Nonviolence)

Why the Interfaith Approach is Important

The Civil War Conundrum, 150 Years Later

The Death Penalty and Abortion: The Conservative/Liberal Straitjacket

Instead of Division, Schools of Thought 

Rachel – Strategies

Tips on Dialogue

Peace and Life Referendums (2020)

Elections 2020: Three Consistent-Life Approaches

My Ideas for 2021 Legislation

The Consistent Peace Ethic

Rachel – How Ideas Work

The Creativity of the Fore-closed Option 

Where Violence Begins

The Mind’s Drive for Consistency

Rachel – Reflections on Aspects of Issues

Figuring out Euthanasia: What Does it Really Mean?

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

A Historical Success Story: Duels

Our Experience with Overturning Terrible Court Decisions

Would Nonviolence Work on the Nazis?

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

Pandemics Related to Christmas

Vaccinations and Tender Consciences

Rachel – Pro-life feminism

How Abortion is Useful for Rape Culture

If Men Could Get Pregnant 

What Do Men Have to Say on Abortion?

Who the Law Targets

Why the Hyde Amendment Helps Low-Income Women

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

Misogyny vs. Patriarchy

Rachel – Adventures

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

A Tale of Two Cruises 

My Trip to Pakistan

Wars Cause Abortion

Rachel – Planned Parenthood

Defunding Planned Parenthood?

Noncooperation with Planned Parenthood

Finding Alternatives to Planned Parenthood

Does Planned Parenthood Reduce Abortions by Preventing Pregnancies?

Planned Parenthood Staff Revolt

Rachel – Movie Reviews 

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

Hollywood Movie Insights II (Never Look Away, The Report, and Dark Waters)

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

Jasmine, Aladdin, and the Power of Nonviolence

The Darkest Hour: “Glorifying” War?

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

Rachel – excerpts from Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion

Excerpt – Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion

Excerpt — Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion: Wars Cause Abortion

Excerpt – Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion: Child Abuse

Tony Magliano

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at tmag@zoominternet.net.

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

Tony Masalonis

(CLN Board member)

Will for Life – Double Down

Mary Meehan

Activists Reminisce: An Oral History of Prolifers for Survival

A President for Life and Peace?

Kristin Monahan

Parallels of Veganism and Prolife-ism

Sonja Morin

Sonja Morin is with the Consistent Life Network as its communications and social media intern. She can be found on social media @eastsidegeek19, or on her website westcottcollective.org

Intervention: What a Red Rose Rescue Reminds Us About Civil Disobedience in the Consistent Life Movement

Vasu Murti

Suffering and Injustice Concern Us All [connection to compassion for animals]

Abortion and War are the Karma for Killing Animals 

Patrick O’Neill

(with wife Mary Rider)

Remembering Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr.

Aneeza Pervez

Reconstruction of a Nation: Resilience in the Face of Terror  (Pakistan)

Karen Swallow Prior

Karern Swallow Prior

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

Jessica Renshaw

In addition to the book The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat, Jessica has written To Russia with Love: An American Family Challenges Nuclear Testing, and a biography of her mother: MUM: The Conscience, Courage and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds, 1915-1990.

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

Mary Rider

Activists Reminisce: An Oral History of Prolifers for Survival

Bill Samuel

(CLN Board member)

Bill Samuel’s blog. Bill Samuel is a Board member and former President of the Consistent Life Network. He is a retired civil servant living in Rockville, Maryland, and an active ecumenical Christian.

 

Does the Consistent Life Ethic Water Down Life Issues?

The Good Grandma

Supporting the Dignity of Every Life

Brown v. Board of Education and Me

Should Abortions be Illegal?

Win-Lose is a Mirage

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

Martha Shuping

Abortion and Violence against Pregnant Women

Julia Smucker

(CLN Board member)

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

Amnesty International’s Blind Spot 

Defining Reproductive Justice: An Encounter

The Redemptive Personalism of Saint Oscar Romero\

Media Stories on Abortion Access

What Does it Mean to be Inconsistent?

On Praying for the Military

Is Abortion Different from Other Violence?

A Healing Metaphor: Pandemic as War

To Know a Person is to Recognize a Human

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

My Christian CLE Perspective: Absolute Nonviolence Across the Issues

Monica Sohler

Monica with baby Maura

My Difficulty in Voting: Identifying the Problem

 

Lisa Stiller

(CLN Board member)

People Are So Much More Than Their Circumstances 

The Adventures of Organizing as a Consistent Lifer 

Adventures as a Delegate to the Democratic Party Convention

Intolerance Knows No Partisan Boundaries 

The Frustrations of Being a Consistent Life Activist

Removing Health Care Access is an Act of Violence

Would My Grandparents Have Died in the Pogroms?

Fifty Years of Protesting for Peace

 

Laura Denvir Stith

(former Missouri Supreme Court Judge)

Judge Stith recently retired from the Court after serving 20 years. 

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

Richard Stith

(CLN Board member)

Richard Stith is now a research professor after 41 years as a member of the teaching faculty at Valparaiso University Law School. Most of his writings can be found here.

Equal Concern for Each Human Being, Not for Each Human Issue

Open Letter to Fellow Human Rights Activists

When “Choice” Itself Hurts the Quality of Life 

A Friendly Approach

Life-Affirming Doctors

The Mirror-Image Counterpart of the Selfish Society

Oppressors of Women Scapegoat Fetuses to Preserve Patriarchy

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

Tom Taylor

Stewardship and the Consistent Life Ethic

Sarah Terzo

(CLN Board member)

Perspectives on Issues

Different Ways of Looking at Issues 

The Vital Need for Diversity 

Rights for People with Disabilities

How Euthanasia and Poverty Threaten the Disabled 

How Ableism Led (and Leads) to Abortion

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

Those Who Killed

Abortion Doctor Says: We are the Executioners

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

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

How People Are Hurt

The Random Death Sentence: COVID in Prisons and Jails

Hospital’s Attitude Adds to Couple’s Heartbreak

Abort or Face Discharge

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

Police Brutality

Tear Gas and Miscarriages

Police Brutality to the Preborn

Police Brutality Against Protesters

 

Sophie Trist

Sophie Trist became involved in the pro-life/consistent life movement her freshman year of college and has never looked back. She graduated with a B.A. in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans in May of 2020 and hopes to pursue a career as a novelist, English professor, and CLE activist. In the past, she has contributed to the Secular Pro-life and Rehumanize International blogs, and she hopes to keep spreading the whole life message through her writing.

#SayHisName: The Medical Murder of Michael Hickson

Mask Up: It’s Pro-Life

 

John Whitehead

(CLN Advisory Board member, past Secretary and President)

 

John – Lessons from History

Rejecting Mass Murder: Looking Back on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Finding Common Ground on and Learning from World War II 

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

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

Finding Common Ground on and Learning from World War II

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Combat Experience, No Opinion: Parallels in Pro-bombing and Pro-choice Rhetoric

People Standing against Tanks: The Civil Resistance of August 1991 and Its Ambiguous Legacy

Hard Questions about the Response to Terrorism: Looking Back on September 11th

 

John – Comments on Contemporary Events

Reflections on the Charlie Gard Case 

Three Reasons for Opposing the US Bombing of Syria

Varieties of Hawk: Clinton v. Trump on Foreign Policy

Human Rights & the Right to Life: Reconsidering Conventional Human Rights Activism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encouraging Words That Require Action: Comments on the Geneva Summit

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

 

John – Strategy

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

Making the Case for Peace to Conservatives

Using Empathy during a New Cold War

Breaking Stereotypes in Fearful Times

Pro-Life Voting Strategy: A Problem without an Answer

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

Dialog on Life Issues: Avoiding Some Obstacles to Communication

John – Reviews

Recognizing Humanity: Orwell and the Consistent Life Ethic

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

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

A War on the People: A Review of One Child Nation

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

Julianne Wiley

Julianne (aka Juli Loesch) founded Prolifers for Survival, a group which focused on opposing nuclear weapons and abortion; it was at the final meeting of that group that the Consistent Life Network (then the Seamless Garment Network) was founded.  

The Myth of Sexual Autonomy 

Courageous Woman: Elizabeth Anscombe (1919-2001)

Activists Reminisce: An Oral History of Prolifers for Survival

C.J. Williams

(CLN Board member)

When Women Lead

Purple Sash Revolution

 

Kae-Leah Williamson

Kae-Leah is a CLE and disability activist who has a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling. When she isn’t advocating for human rights on social media, she likes to spend her time coloring mermaid pictures and watching shows about history and other worlds.

How Disney Princesses Exemplify the Consistent Life Ethic