poverty


Home of the Brave? A CLE Response to City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson

by Sonja Morin (published July 2, 2024) Americans everywhere are preparing to celebrate the United States’ 248th anniversary of independence this Thursday. Many recall their own history of living in the U.S., or their families’ reasons for calling this land their home. The national anthem’s famous line “o’er the land of the free, and the…


Euthanasia by Poverty: Stories from Canada

by Sarah Terzo   Canada’s Medical Aid in Dying law took effect in June 2016. The law allows those with disabilities or chronic illnesses to be killed by a doctor at their request. Many stories have come out about disabled people “choosing” euthanasia because of poverty or inability to get treatment. A Charity Worker Speaks…


Referendums to Reduce Poverty and Their Impact on Abortion & Euthanasia

See our Peace & Life Referendums website.      Raising the Minimum Wage On ballot in 2022: Nebraska, Nevada   Raising the minimum wage will help Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) to have an easier time working with pregnant women for prenatal care and new mothers for women’s and children’s health care. The more women are…


The Impact of Family Caps on Abortion

by Sarah Terzo   Women sometimes choose abortion due to poverty. Therefore, the existence of social programs to help the poor have an impact on the abortion rate, according to numerous studies. Researcher Laura Hussey asked the following question to women who had abortions: Other countries provide a lot of assistance to women and their families…


Social Programs to Help the Poor are Pro-life

by Sarah Terzo   Statistics in the United States One of the most common reasons women give for having abortions is they can’t afford to care for their baby. In a 2004 study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, of U.S. women who had abortions, 73%  gave this as one of the reasons There’s evidence the…


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

by John Whitehead The Covid-19 pandemic threatens life in multiple ways. The virus not only has killed people directly—more than 400,000 to date—but has also worsened poverty and inequality. By disrupting the world economy, the pandemic has taken away many people’s livelihoods and harmed the poor. The illness and the resulting economic hardships don’t fall…


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

by John Whitehead Climate change and how to counter it has been much in the news over the past few weeks, with these topics being raised in the United Nations and in the streets. Harm to our shared environment should concern all of us and should especially concern advocates of the consistent life ethic. We…


Peace & Life Referendums

by Rachel MacNair For updated information starting January 6, 2020, see this constantly-updated website: Peace and Life Referendums The original post was published September 3, 2019, and revisions were added until January 6, when the website took over the function   A reminder: The Consistent Life Network doesn’t necessarily endorse everything said in its blog,…


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

by Rob Arner As anyone who has embraced the consistent life ethic (CLE) will tell you, the sense of isolation, of not fitting in  can be paralyzing. This is all the more true when it comes to the traditional American political spectrum, with its the left-right/conservative-progressive dichotomy. CLE political positions, linked as they are by…


The Future of Fake Social Conservatism

by James R. Kelly James R. Kelly is a professor emeritus of sociology at Fordham University. Susan Bevan and Susan Cullman, co-chairwomen of the political action committee Republican Majority for Choice, wrote a much commented-on op-ed in the June 24 New York Times entitled “Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P.” For their abandoned party, for…