consistent life ethic


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

by Robert Randall (reprinted)   It is not OK to kill people because you don’t like them. It is not OK to kill people because they don’t like you. It is not OK to kill people because they are different from you. It is not OK to kill people because of what they believe. ​Or…


Reflections from My Decades of Consistent Life Ethic Experience

by Fr. Jim Hewes In 1978, Frank Staropoli and I founded the Diocesan Human Life Commission, with our charter clearly being what was later called a “consistent life ethic” or a “seamless garment.” During those years, when we tried to reach out to pro-life groups, we ordinarily didn’t find the warmest reception because of our…


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

by John Whitehead The Consistent Life Ethic (CLE) movement is very diverse. It includes people of different philosophical or partisan backgrounds, with different understandings of the CLE and different preferred activist strategies. One aspect of this diversity is varying approaches to specialization, that is, focusing on a particular life issue of the CLE. Some CLE…


Elections 2020: Three Consistent-Life Approaches

by Rachel MacNair The Consistent Life Network takes no stand on specific candidates. This is my own personal take on how people who support the consistent life ethic view the U.S. presidential election of November 3, 2020. Three Categories Category 1: Trump is Out of the Question; Biden is Bearable People in this category are…


The Early Christian Tradition

    Remarks from Rob Arner at the Warminster March for Life, November 2, 2019, at the Warminster Planned Parenthood center where they do abortions. Slightly edited.         It’s wonderful to be with you this afternoon for the first of what will hopefully be an annual event at this facility, until such…


Stewardship and the Consistent Life Ethic

by Tom Taylor Alarming reports about climate change and ecological damage along with John Whitehead’s recent blog post on climate change have led me to thinking about stewardship. The principle of stewardship, it seems to me, is inherent in the Consistent Life Ethic (CLE), has great value as a positive expression of CLE in practice,…


Rehumanize International – 6th Annual Conference

The 6th annual conference of our member group, Rehumanize International, happened October 18-20, 2019, in New Orleans. Consistent Life Network was a co-sponsor, and several of us attended. Sessions offered from CLN officers included: “Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress, Moral Injury, & the CLE” (Rachel MacNair) and “Apocalypse Never: Why We Must Reject Nuclear Weapons” (John Whitehead)….


Abby Johnson Remembers Dan Berrigan

Both Abby Johnson and Dan Berrigan are Consistent Life endorsers. Abby Johnson  ministers to abortion clinic workers to help them leave the industry and heal through her organization And Then There Were None and her book, Unplanned, recently adapted as a feature film, which tells the story of her conversion from Planned Parenthood Clinic Director…


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

by John Whitehead Respecting people’s human rights should go hand in hand with upholding the consistent life ethic. The concept of “human rights” broadly means those conditions that people can legitimately claim as necessary to living a decent human life. Life itself is one of these conditions, and many human rights documents recognize a right…


How to Move from Theory to Practice: Reading “A Consistent Life”

by John Whitehead Let’s say you’ve succeeded in winning someone over to the consistent life ethic. This person now wants to defend human life against abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia, war, and the myriad other threats to life. Now the question arises, “What should I do to promote the consistent life ethic?” A valuable new…