Consistent Life: Peace & Life Connections March 15, 2013
March 16th, 2013
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Another “Good News” Segment:
Drones – the “flying robots that kill children” – are not getting by unnoticed. Senator Rand Paul did a 13-hour speaking filibuster and got attention for it. Paul has connected opposition to both abortion and war before, and this was an occasion on which civil libertarians of both left and right could be pleased. (The American Conservative also has an excellent article against drones from a pro-life perspective.) Let’s hope we see more objections to these appalling targeted killing machines.
Death Penalty — Several U.S. states are moving toward the repeal of the death penalty, and Maryland has made so much progress that it may happen within hours of this e-newsletter’s arrival – if there’s a glitch, then maybe next week. You can follow news on Twitter at @NCADP or with the hashtag #MDRepeal. Two more campaigns are introducing legislation to abolish the death penalty: Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Delaware Repeal Campaign. And last week, the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty launched its bill.
Abortion — While this chart was put together by people who oppose “restricting” abortion in the U.S. states, it gives a good state-by-state overview of how protective legislation is advancing. Something like “informed consent,” after all, would be a good thing to give soldiers and executioners, too, since full information is one of the best protections against participating in any kind of violence. (Thanks to subscriber Elizabeth Palmberg for sending this in)
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April 2: Kansas City, Missouri Votes on Nuclear Weapons
Information about a city’s chance to vote on the nuclear weapons issue is at foolish-investment.com, with a new video. Please remember to think of people you know who vote in Kansas City Missouri and give them a call to let them know how important it is to get out to vote yes.
Quotation of the Week
Pope Paul VI. Pastoral Constitution: On the Church in the Modern World
December 7, 1965
“Furthermore, whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where [people] are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury.”