Ugly thoughts and ugly projections are also sources of death. It just takes maybe a little longer for the person to die, if you're thinking ugly stuff, but after a while you've killed them in your heart, you've killed them in your thoughts, and you kill off parts of yourself with that. So I think to be consistent means that you have to be consistent yourself, and that is the hardest part for me. If I could just go out here and speak and write and toot along with all this and not ever be confronted with my own shadow, my own darkness and my own propensities to not love, then life wouldn't be too difficult. But it's pretty complex when it gets down to: so how're you going to get through the day? How peaceful are you going to be?
Serrin Foster, President of feminists For Life of America, Speech at Consistent Life 25th Anniversary conference, March 2012
As we continue to be inspired by incredible women from history, and women who are making history right now, we shine a light on this rich woman's rights history. And cheer this consistent life ethic with men and women around the world, who deserve so much better than trading one form of violence and exploitation for another. I'm going to echo Frederica Mathews-Green's words, but she said in effect, "no matter her age, no matter her ability, no matter her size, her parentage, no matter her location, whether she's in the womb or she's in the other side of the world, today women deserve better." May peace begin in the womb and spread throughout the world. All people are equal, all choices are not.
Dr. Catherine Meeks, Speech at Consistent Life 25th Anniversary conference, March 2012
The bottom line has always got to be "let's be humane." That is what being consistent in the way we approach life means, that you have a bottom line. For me the bottom line is "let's be humane."
Nick Neal, “Comparing Evils and Condemning Them Both: a Response to Scott Klusendorf,” posted June 26, 2012
Klusendorf is making an idiotic move in expelling consistent lifers from the pro-life movement. By advocating that in order to be pro-life you are not allowed to oppose other forms of legalized homicide, he narrows the movement. Especially by making support for an unpopular war a requirement to be in the movement...I've been concerned for unborn rights nearly all my life and I refused to be excommunicated from my own movement. The same goes for other consistent lifers.
Warren M. Hern and Billie Corrigan, "What About Us? Staff Reactions to the D & E Procedure," Boulder Abortion Clinic. Advances in Planned Parenthood 15(1):3-8, 1980
Two respondents described dreams which they had related to the procedure. Both described dreams of vomiting fetuses along with a sense of horror. Other dreams revolved around a need to protect others from viewing fetal parts, dreaming that she herself was pregnant and needed an abortion or was having a baby...In general, it appears that the more direct the physical and visual involvement (i.e. nurses, doctor), the more stress experienced. This is evident both in conscious stress and in unconscious manifestations such as dreams. At least, both individuals who reported several significant dreams were in these roles.
James Martin, S.J., America: The National Catholic Weekly, “Why Gun Control is a Religion Issue,” July 22, 2012
There is a "consistent ethic of life" that views all these issues as linked, because they are. All of these issues, at their heart, are about the sanctity of all human life, no matter who that person is, no matter at what stage of life that person is passing through, and no matter whether or not we think that the person is "deserving" of life... These shootings would not have happened if the shooter did not have such easy access to firearms and ammunition. So religious people need to be invited to meditate on the connection between the more traditional "life issues" and the overdue need for stricter gun control. The oft-cited argument, "Guns don’t kill people, people do," seems unconvincing to me. Of course people kill people; as people also procure abortions, decide on euthanasia and administer the death penalty. Human beings are agents in all these matters. The question is not so much how lives are ended, but how to make it more difficult to end lives. Pro-life religious people need to consider how it might be made more difficult for people to procure weapons that are not designed for sport or hunting or self-defense...If one protests against abortions clinics because they facilitate the taking of human life, why not protest against the largely unregulated suppliers of firearms...because they facilitate the taking of human life as well?
Rachel MacNair, Achieving Peace in the Abortion War, p. 139
The better part of my early adulthood was spent being an activist against the arms race, raising concerns about the bad health effect of nuclear weapons and their dangers of destruction. Suppose you had come to me in those days and told me the Soviet Union would collapse into its component republics, and the arms race would wind down as tensions decreased because of a popular pro-democracy upsurge in Russia. I would have told you that I enjoyed the impishness of that idea, but it wouldn't have struck me as realistic. Ideas seemed a little too entrenched to allow for that. But there were underlying weaknesses in the Cold War situation that led to the dynamic which, in hindsight, looks more like it was inevitable. History shows that many things aren’t as entrenched as they might appear.
"A New Ethic for Medicine and Society," California Medicine 113. September, 1970, p. 68.
Medicine's role with respect to changing attitudes toward abortion may well be a prototype of what is to occur...One may anticipate further development of these roles as the problems of birth control and birth selection are extended inevitably to death selection and death control.