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Peace & Life Connections #53 - April 1, 2011

 Impact on Public Policy
Quinn        The New York Times reports that when Governor Patrick Quinn of Illinois was contemplating whether or not to sign legislation to abolish the death penalty for his state last March 9, the idea of the consistent life ethic was on his mind. One of its most well-known and energetic exponents, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, had been Archbishop of Chicago; Quinn is pictured here holding up Bernardin’s final book, The Gift of Peace. (Thanks to subscriber Jim Kelly for bringing this to our attention).

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Web Links  
  • Elliott Institute has created a 30-second video on the topic of unwanted abortions – when the decision is someone else’s, not the mother’s.  

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Quotation of the Week
Ginette Paris
The Sacrament of Abortion, 1992, 25-27
An abortion defender makes the connection between war and abortion. 
 A53 Paris       “Men have the right to kill and destroy, and when the massacre is called a war they are paid to do it and honored for their actions. War is sanctified, even blessed by our religious leaders. But let a woman decide to abort a fetus . . . and people are shocked. What's really shocking is that a woman has the power to make a moral judgment that involves a choice of life or death. That power has been reserved for men . . . the ancient Goddess Artemis invites us to imagine a new allocation of life and death powers between men and women, an allocation that allows men to appreciate the cost of a life and women to make decisions based on their mother-knowledge.”
(In a 1986 book, Pagan Meditations, she says, "I believe it is time to sacrifice to Artemis the fetus to which we are not prepared to give the best." She’s clear she’s not speaking metaphorically.)
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