#571 - Who Are Our Readers? | Recommended Resources and Conferences - July 23, 2021
New Book on Euthanasia
Charles Camosy has written extensively about the consistent life ethic. His new book is called Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine Is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality. He uses recent stories to illustrate the problems and makes action suggestions. (Here’s an interview with the author.)
Who Are Our Readers?
We have basically three kinds of people reading Peace & Life Connections, as well as our blog posts:
People who primarily identify as consistent-lifers.
People who primarily identify as pro-lifers, but are either sympathetic or at least curious on opposition to war and the death penalty, and prefer to be educated on these points by fellow pro-lifers. (Opposition to racism and poverty is already common in the wider pro-life movement).
People who primarily identify as peace and justice activists, but are either sympathetic or at least curious on opposition to abortion and euthanasia, and are only willing to hear about this from fellow peace and justice activists.
So when you read what we publish, you’ll usually see we’re keeping all three groups in mind.
Reminder: Upcoming from Member Groups
July 24, 2021
Feminists Choosing Life of New York (FCLNY) has the second in its series An Unsafe Space: A Symposium on Contemporary Feminism, in which pro-choice and pro-life feminist scholars engage each other. Episode 2 is on Abortion and Bodily Integrity. This online event is Saturday, July 24, in the morning (check time zones). Register here.
July 31, 2021
Democrats for Life Conference - July 31 in Columbus, Ohio, with on-line and in-person options, plus meet-up opportunities on July 30 and August 1.
September 4, 2021
Rehumanize International Conference - September 4 online.
Our Latest Blog Post
Disappointments with the Biden budget include a tremendous amount for “modernized” nuclear weapons. At a time when the need to reduce these mass killing machines substantially should be more and more obvious, ways of thinking of a bygone era are persisting. John Whitehead offers: Wasting Money on Instruments of Death: Nuclear Weapons in the 2022 Budget
Quotation of the Week
(co-counsel on Roe v. Wade and ex-husband of Sarah Weddington)
Letter to President-Elect Bill Clinton, January 6, 1993
Note: This is one of the seamless-shroud quotations, someone making the same connections we do, but from the perspective of favoring the killing.
Sarah and I have been discussing the notion of our setting up a nonprofit corporation to license and distribute [the abortion pill] RU486. It’s possible that such an endeavor could be the vehicle for a number of birth control efforts. 26 million food stamp recipients is more than the economy can stand . . . you can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that.
The problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies who can’t afford to have babies. There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it.