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Peace & Life Connections #29 - October 1, 2010


Member Groups Educate

PFYTAPAW     The Feminism and Nonviolence Studies Association offers articles with scholarship on the consistent life ethic and prolife feminism. They also offer two books. One is an in-depth offering of the     pro-life writings of early and contemporary feminists ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today. The other is a short book applying the principles of peace psychology to current U.S. abortion social dynamics, Achieving Peace in the Abortion War.

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Interesting Tidbit – Another Kind of Connectedness

        Subscriber Ken Maher sent in this quotation about abortion groups on the web from a very popular book about networking from a social science perspective:

         "Lada Adamic, from Stanford University, recently investigated communities discovered by searching for the phrases 'abortion--pro choice' and 'abortion--pro life.' The pro-life query resulted in a core of forty-one documents in which you could get from each page to the other ones. In contrast, the pro-choice movement was fragmented into many disconnected sites.

        "Such differences in the structure of competing communities have important consequences. . . a campaign against the partial birth abortion bill launched from the middle of the pro-life cluster could easily reach other pro-life sites, since there are many links between them . . . However, one would need to advertize at several disconnected pro-choice Websites to achieve an equally efficient campaign against the bill. Therefore, not only does the pro-life community have a better presence on the Web, it is also better organized – its sites are more aware of each other."

        From Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi (New York: Plume, 2003), p. 172. There is also information on the web.

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Delving Deeper – Online Radio Shows

 Roth         CL Advisory Board member Jen Roth has an interview with Point of Inquiry. She makes a secular case against abortion on a secular show, with the consistent life ethic a major part of the case.

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Quotation of the Week

Alan Guttmacher, 1970

This is the man after whom the research arm of Planned Parenthood is named, so here’s another example of someone who makes the same connections we do but from the side of favoring rather than opposing the violence.  

         "If you're going to curb population, it's extremely important not to have it done by the damned Yankees, but by the UN. Because, the thing is, then it's not considered genocide. If the United States goes to the black man or the yellow man and says slow down your reproductive rate, we're immediately suspected of having ulterior motives to keep the white man dominate in the world. If you can send in a colorful UN force, you've got much better leverage."  

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