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Peace & Life Connections #45 - February 4, 2011

 Stopping Money for Violence in the U.S.


       The third bill offered in the new session of the House of Representatives was H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Introduced by Chris Smith, this bill has 161 co-sponsors, and in addition to extending Hyde-amendment bans and making them permanent, rather than subject to annual renewal, it includes important conscientious-objector protections. It has been assigned to the Ways and Means Committee. Meanwhile, House leaders such as John Boehner and Eric Cantor have made clear statements in the media that “defense” spending is on the table when considering cuts, and many Tea Party activists are indicating that their commitment to spending cuts includes military spending. This gives us, rhetorically at least, better possibilities than we've had since the attacks of September 11, 2001. In the financially-strapped states, there's progress on de-funding the death penalty as states become increasingly aware of the high cost of capital cases.  Another obstacle has arisen recently acquiring the needed drugs for lethal injection because of problems with manufacturers.

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 Photos from West Coast Walk for Life, January 22, 2011

        Thanks to Edward Chow for sending these.

 
PLC 45 walk

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Quotation of the Week
Juli Loesch Wiley
Consistently Opposing Killing, ”An Oral History of Prolifers for Survival”
 
PLC Loesch        ”Brent Bozell [was] the most right-wing person I've ever met. He was married to Pat Buckley, Bill Buckley's sister, but he broke with the Buckley family because they were too liberal. . . . He came to see me one snowy night in the early 1980s. He drove through a snowstorm from Washington D.C. to Erie, Pennsylvania nonstop because he wanted to talk to me about nuclear arms. He thought nuclear arms were an abomination . . . not just the theory of nuclear deterrence, but even the mere possession of nuclear weapons, he thought was a mortal sin. And this is a guy who took very seriously the concept of mortal sin  . . . if you threaten, if you possess these diabolical things you could compare it to the possession of hardcore pornography and other things that simply as property don't deserve to exist. He said some kinds of property don't have a right to exist . . .  like instruments of torture, nuclear bombs, or [abortion] suction machines.”
 
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