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Peace & Life Connections #242
January 9, 2015

No Conscience Allowed in Britain
        Sadly, the Scottish midwives who won in lower court were finally denied by the highest court their right to avoid being involved in abortion without losing their jobs.
        Why are people who committed to violence as a problem-solver also committed to compelling others to participate? See the Quotation of the Week below.
242 midwives 2
 Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood
January 22 Roe Events
        All those who would like to participate with CL in the March for Life in Washington D.C. or the West Coast March for Life, please visit our events page. We also have resources to print up to spread the CL word at your local events around the U.S.

Austin Regional Conference
        Online registration is now available for our Austin Texas Conference, to be held on Saturday, February 14. It’s called Making the Connections: Life, Peace & Justice, and features keynote speakers Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood employee, now pro-life activist) and Helen Prejean (author of Dead Man Walking and death penalty abolitionist) along with many exciting workshops.
242 SelmaMovie: Selma

        The Hollywood movie about a high point of the U.S. Civil Rights movement is receiving very positive reviews.
         Nonviolence makes for compelling drama, and understanding the power of nonviolence, as conveyed by this film, should be helpful for those who employ nonviolence in their activism on all issues. Check your local theater listings. 

Video: Onlookers See Pressure for Abortion
        A candid-camera style program called What Would You Do set up actors to portray in front of people in a restaurant:  A Pregnant Teen Girl Is Pressured By Her Vicious Boyfriend To Get An Abortion. They did this three times with different reactions. This being a common scenario in our society, though usually not out in public, the feelings of sympathy for the pregnant teen are interesting.
242 WWYD
Quotation of the Week
John Noonan
A Private Choice, 1979, p. 82
The author explicitly applies the principle to abortion; it clearly applies to other violence as well.
       Why did the slave-holders act as if driven by the Furies to their own destruction? . . . Why did they take such risks, why did they persist beyond prudent calculation? The answer must be that in a moral question of this kind, turning on basic concepts of humanity, you cannot be content that your critics are feeble and ineffective, you cannot be content with their practical tolerance of your activities. You want, in a sense you need, actual acceptance, open approval.  If you cannot convert your critics by argument, at least by law you can make them recognize that your course is the course of the country.
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