women’s rights


Abort or Face Discharge

by Sarah Terzo A book published in 2010 revealed that the military had a policy that all servicewomen who became pregnant had to abort or face discharge – and this policy was in place before Roe vs. Wade, when abortion was still illegal throughout the United States. The U.S. military’s purpose is to wage war….


Angela Kennedy (1963 – 2020)

by Katharine Gilchrist Consistent ethic advocate Angela Kennedy has died at the age of 57 (November 26, 2020). She was the editor of the anthology Swimming against the Tide: Feminist Dissent on the Issue of Abortion (1997), which covered the topic of the consistent life ethic. Angela leaves behind her daughter Stevie and son Sean….


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

by Rachel MacNair With the initial theater release interrupted by the Covid-19 closing of theaters, this movie was offered online April 3, 2020.   The title of the movie, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is based on an intense scene in which the protagonist, Autumn, is being counseled at an abortion facility before her abortion. Those…


Purple Sash Revolution

by C.J. Williams   Past and present converged at Nancy Pelosi’s office in Washington D.C., January 22nd, 2020. It was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Women across the nation were celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage. And a large crew of women — myself included — were tying it all together with a purple…


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

by John Whitehead Draconian Measures To curb population growth and supposedly promote national prosperity, China’s ruling Communist Party in 1979 launched an effort to ensure most Chinese parents would have only one child. For roughly the next 36 years the authorities would enforce this One-Child Policy through measures that included intense propaganda, forced sterilizations and…


Abortion and Violence Against Pregnant Women

by Martha Shuping, M.D.   This is based on a handout Dr. Shuping made for widespread use; she sent it to us and we adapted it with her approval. Martha Shuping is a psychiatrist, and wrote several chapters of the book Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion, edited by Rachel MacNair.   Intimate Partner Violence Intimate…


Oppressors of Women Scapegoat Fetuses to Preserve Patriarchy

by Richard Stith [Originally published in The New Human (Vol. VI, No. 5, June 1977), newsletter of the National Youth Pro-Life Coalition,, under the title “Abortion Proponents Are Often Exploiters of Women.” Lightly edited.] We’re all familiar with the argument that racism is fomented by those who exploit poor whites, in order to generate a…


Misogyny vs. Patriarchy

by Rachel MacNair Before I get into why I think it’s important to understand the difference between misogyny and patriarchy, I want to explain how they fit into the Consistent Life Network’s set of issues. We identified six issues of violence involving socially-tolerated killing of human beings, as listed on this banner: Each of the…


When Women Lead: The Pro-life Women’s Conference

by C.J. Williams This year’s Pro-Life Women’s Conference had a theme: WHEN WOMEN LEAD. But what might just as well have been the unspoken theme was unity, and underlying all unity is consistency.  As the Consistent Life Network (CLN) set up to table in the enormous Pontchartrain Conference Center in New Orleans, we were surrounded…


An Example of Why the Peace Movement is in Deep Trouble

by Rachel MacNair Ego and Anger Richard Rohr, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar, a prolific author, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC), a CLN member group. One major point made by CAC is that if we take action on nonviolence  without contemplation, there’s a danger we’ll bring in ego-centered thoughts and…