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Peace & Life Connections #201
March 14, 2014

Life/Justice/Peace Conference near Philadelphia – March 29
        Consistent Life, along with several of our member groups, are co-sponsoring a regional CLE conference in the Philadelphia area: “Life/Peace/Justice: A Conference on Life Issues.” It will be held March 29, 2014 at Villanova University, 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM. See details and register. There’s a “flash sale” discount for registrations through March 15. If those going could get registered now, it helps them organize for the number coming and so is much appreciated.
New Web Resource
        CL member group Friends Witness for a Pro-life Peace Testimony has a new page on its site called “Is Abortion Against Peace Principles? Listen to those who do them.” It has several quotations from abortion doctors and nurses and their supporters showing a clear link to war or an understanding that abortion is indeed killing. This website is for persuading Quakers, but of course could be helpful to all peace activists.
        Most quotations have run in Peace & Life Connections; one that hasn’t yet is below.
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New Member Group
        Consistent Life welcomes the Eucharistic Catholic Church in Toronto. We remind everyone that we’re a network of organizations and would welcome new member groups; we also offer individual memberships.
Letter to Editor
       Subscriber Marilyn Kopp has had another letter published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

        In her Feb. 23 opinion art ("A Common Garden"), Andrea Levy proclaims she is pro-choice because she “reveres” children. She cites shocking statistics of abuse and poverty as a justification for abortion.
         Deciding that someone’s life has no value because she might be poor or abused is not a workable standard. Do we really want to tell those children that they are better off dead? We need to address poverty by finding solutions to eradicate poverty, not to eradicate the children of poor people.

        Those who are unwanted by biological parents are wanted desperately by adoptive parents. For newborns there are parents available for all races and even for children with disabilities. Those who become “unwanted” well after birth are the hardest to place for adoption, and innovative programs should deal with this. Would anyone propose that “unwantedness” is so severe a problem as to warrant putting a five year old to death? Why should that same child be put to death six years earlier?
        Abortion is child abuse. Slashing a child to death is abusing that child. We can solve problems without killing.
At the White House

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Photo: Our friend Kathy Boylan, from member group Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., March 7, 2014.

Quotation of the Week
"Abortion Providers Share Inner Conflicts," by Diane M. Gianelli  
American Medical News, July 12, 1993
        A nurse who had worked in an abortion clinic for less than a year said her most troubling moments came not in the procedure room but afterwards. Many times, she said, women who had just had abortions would lie in the recovery room and cry, "I've just killed my baby. I've just killed my baby.” "I don't know what to say to these women," the nurse told the group. "Part of me thinks, 'Maybe they're right'.” Such self-doubt is not uncommon to the abortion field.
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