Month: November 2016

American Attitudes on Abortion and the Goal for Persuasion

by Jack Quirk As it turns out, the New Pro Life Movement is hurting some feelings. There has been a pro-life movement around for a while now, of course, and it should not be altogether surprising that the attempt at a broader based approach to life issues would be received as criticism of the efforts

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Month: November 2016

Month: November 2016

Is “Pro Life” Supposed to Refer Only to Abortion?

By Rebecca Bratten Weiss Was the term “pro-life” specifically coined to mean “anti-abortion,” without reference to other issues of life and justice? Many seem to think so, and argue that using the term in a consistent-life-ethic sense betrays both the goal of the movement, and the intention of the term. “Oh, but terms change,” one

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Month: November 2016

Roe’s Companion

By Jack Quirk On June 7, 1965, Sandra Race, the daughter of an Atlanta sanitation worker, married one Joel Lee Bensing. He was a part-time construction worker she had known for about a week. She was 17-years-old at the time. Eleven months after the marriage, Sandra gave birth to Joel Lee, Jr., her first child.

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Month: November 2016

Single Issue Voting Leads to Anti-Life Negotiations

By Matthew Tyson and Rebecca Bratten Weiss In a recent Facebook post, Priests for Life member Fr. Stephen Imbaratto took the New Pro-Life Movement to task, and in doing so, admitted to something (and not for the first time) that is actually one of the main reasons we founded the NPLM in the first place:

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Month: November 2016

Dear Pastor: Now That Trump Has Been Elected…

By H. Lillian Vogl Dear Pastor, This must have been a difficult year for you, as I presume you felt deep moral ambivalence about boosting Donald Trump these past few months, subtly or not-so-subtly. You were well aware of his three marriages and his unapologetic playboy lifestyle. I’m pretty sure you were aware that he

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Month: November 2016

Voting With An Informed Conscience

By Tara Simons As we creep closer to the finish line of this election season, exhausted and a bit the worse for wear, we are reminded by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, of the Catholic Church’s instructions for how to exercise our voting rights as Christian citizens: “Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in

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Month: November 2016

A Response to Father Lankeit, from a Long-Time Pro-Life Advocate

By John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe I share Fr. Lankeit’s conviction that abortion is the primary issue facing the nation in our time. About 1.2 million children die from surgical abortion annually in the USA, and their moms are deceived and exploited, and Hillary Clinton supports this violence. However, abortion is not on the ballot. Trump is. He

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Month: November 2016

The Death Penalty Unjustly Targets the Poor and Disabled

By Elizabeth Broadbent On October 19th, the state of Georgia executed 63 year old Gregory Paul Lawler for the October 1997 murder of police Officer John Sowa. A white man who killed another white man, Lawler also critically wounded another police officer, Patricia Cocciolone, who attended the execution in a wheelchair. He is the seventh inmate put to death in Georgia this

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Month: November 2016

The Feminist Case for a New Pro-Life Movement

by Rebecca Bratten Weiss Elsewhere, I wrote about how our economic and social system depends on abortion. To quote Germaine Greer: “What women “won” was the “right” to undergo invasive procedures in order to terminate unwanted pregnancies — unwanted not just by them but by their parents, their sexual partners, the governments who would not support mothers, the

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