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#449 Jones, Rape, Black Panther

R.I.P. Walter Jones (1943-2019) U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones. Jr. (R-NC), who passed away February 10, didn’t endorse the consistent life ethic (he supported the death penalty, for example). He did, however, challenge the usual left-right political divide through his opposition to both abortion and, in his later years, war. Originally a Democrat, Jones became a Republican partly because of his anti-abortion views. Originally a hawk who voted for the 2003 Iraq War, Jones became a fierce critic of U.S. military interventions abroad. Repenting of his support for the Iraq War, Jones once said “I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that.” To atone, he wrote th

#448 NY & VA, Hawaii Scare, Price of Violence

New York and Virginia Law & Bill: More Comments from Our Member Groups (See last week’s issue for other comments). Kristen Day of Democrats for Life of America was interviewed on TV network EWTN, which is noteworthy because it includes a clip of Rep. Tran of Virginia being asked whether the bill she was sponsoring there would allow babies to be killed as they were exiting the birth canal. While she was clearly uncomfortable, she answered “My bill would allow that, yes.” When pro-lifers are accused of lying about the bill allowing killing at time of birth, we can document that the sponsor of the bill has herself said so. Damian J. Geminder of Feminists for Life writes about the New York

#447 Late-Term, Yemen

The Tragic New Law & Bill The recent late-term abortion bills in the U.S. states of New York and Virginia generated some notable commentary from our member groups: Caroline Bennett of Feminists Choosing Life of New York on the New York law Rehumanize International’s video on the New York law Kelsey Hazzard of Secular Pro-Life on the Virginia bill Cuomo Defends Recent New York Law Because of negative remarks in the U.S. President’s State of the Union address last Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote an editorial defending the law in The New York Times the following morning. CLN Vice President Rachel MacNair sent in the following unpublished letter in response: I'm a

#446 Around the Web, Human Rights

In the Media: Catholics and the Consistent Life Ethic Bishop John Stowe is episcopal president of Pax Christi USA, one of our member groups. He wrote an Op-Ed in the Lexington Herald Leader, January 23, 2019. He points out that the “pro-life movement got its start among peace activists who saw their opposition to abortion as a natural extension of opposition to all forms of violence.” His main thesis is how pro-lifers would be more effective if they also opposed other violence. Michael Sean Winters takes it from the other direction – that those advocating other social justice issues would be more effective by applying their nonviolence principles to unborn children, in “

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