#624 - Peace & Life: Nukes, Pregnancy Fairness, Unions - August 12, 2022
Many of us attended commemorations of the first and hopefully last time nuclear weapons targeted human beings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki; pictured is CL Board member Julia Smucker’s protest.
Nuclear weapons are now illegal according to international treaty, as of January 22, 2021.
That date will look familiar to pro-lifers as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We’ve declared it every year as the Day of Horror and Hope, to be observed locally by all who wish. Do you have any ideas of how your own locale might commemorate it?
And for more immediate action, there’s a U.S. House Resolution: Embracing the goals and provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Here’s official contact information for U.S. Representatives.
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
In the U.S. Senate, S. 1486 would require employers to provide pregnant employees with reasonable accommodations, such as a chair, a modified schedule, light duty for jobs that require heavy lifting, and additional breaks for the restroom and water. Things that would make it safer for mother and baby aren’t now legally required, and they need to be. The House of Representatives passed this on May 14, 2021.
Here’s official contact information for U.S. Senators.
Planned Parenthood is a Large Corporation
Many of our problems stem from huge, heartless, and profit-driven corporations, especially with war weapons production, environmental degradation, and associated poverty. Mistreatment of workers is also common.
A recent video by More Perfect Union interviews Planned Parenthood workers. It’s assertive about supporting abortion, so it’s hardly pro-life propaganda. Here are screenshots:
Planned Parenthood’s Union Busting Could Have a Chilling Effect for Workers Everywhere, In These Times
‘Frustrating,’ ‘Confusing’: Planned Parenthood Workers Grapple With Organization’s Union Fight: A fight in Colorado over Planned Parenthood unionization has some wondering why the reproductive health-care champion would stand in the way, Rewire News Group
Planned Parenthood is Asking Donald Trump’s Labor Board for Help Busting its Colorado Union: If Planned Parenthood is to prevail, it could be a setback for similar workers across the country, The Intercept
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Quotation of the Week
The Pro-Life Movement Isn’t in Kansas Anymore
National Review, August 3, 2022
There are many strategic lessons that pro-lifers take from the progress of the anti-slavery movement . . . Anti-slavery became a powerful force . . . only after it had (1) convincingly won over the voters in the states where slavery was least popular . . . (2) shown the practical workability of emancipation in states . . . (3) demonstrated the superiority of the free-state model, and (4) built a sufficient power base to keep the federal government from strangling political anti-slavery in new territories . . . Trying to sell the nation on a complete federal ban on slavery in 1787 would have been lunacy . . . but by 1807, even a slave-owning president was willing to sign a ban on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. By the 1850s, however, freedom – not slavery – was the status quo in states housing 60 percent of the nation’s population . . .