Jacqueline H. Abernathy







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

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

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 

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








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

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

Destiny Herndon-de la Rosa







Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty

Andrew Hocking

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

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

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

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

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 / Rachel MacNair

Rachel – Strategies

Tips on Dialogue

Peace and Life Referendums (2020)

Elections 2020: Three Consistent-Life Approaches

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]

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? r

Rachel – Movie Reviews

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

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



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

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 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

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

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)

Different Ways of Looking at Issues 

The Vital Need for Diversity 

Abortion Doctor Says: We are the Executioners

How Euthanasia and Poverty Threaten the Disabled 

How Ableism Led (and Leads) to Abortion

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

John Whitehead (CLN Board member)







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

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

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

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

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 when 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