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Peace & Life Connections #282
October 16, 2015


Where the Money Is

        CL board member Rachel Peller (when working for CL member group Feminists for Nonviolent Choices) did a huge research project on campaign financing in the United States and found that – as is common with military and contractors and pro-death penalty groups – the abortion lobby is where the money is. She had commentaries on this published in the Times Union, Democrat and Chronicle, Buffalo News, and Syracuse newspapers.
                 
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
 
        Links between family violence in the home and our issues include:
 
∞    Women subjected to intimate partner violence are more likely to have pregnancies under adverse circumstances, thus inclining them toward abortion, or to be pressured by violence into abortions they don’t want. This problem is widespread enough to also be noted by those who favor abortion availability.
 
∞    There are still social-science arguments over the relationship of abortion to child abuse. The hypothesis that desensitizing violence to unborn children has a desensitizing effect on born children at least has some support in the rise and fall of child-abuse rates and abortion rates together in many locations.
 
∞    Elder abuse is another form of domestic abuse and can be related to wanting the elder dead, or in the elder person being more inclined to want euthanasia that she wouldn’t want if she were being treated with tender loving care. Prevalence on this is hard to know, but one case is one too many.
 
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Latest CL Blog
 
        Carol Crossed offers a post called “Spice Things Up with the Consistent Life Ethic.”
        Remember that those who’d like to submit a post for consideration, please send them to weekly@consistent-life.org. We're looking for a wide range of personal stories, interesting perspectives, news commentaries, event details, letters to the editor too long to run in Peace & Life Connections, or anything else suitable for sharing with the consistent-life community. 
 
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Quotation of the Week
people - Meehan 2Mary Meehan
The Left Has Betrayed the Sanctity of Life:
Consistency Demands Concern for the Unborn
The Progressive, September, 1980
       
        Doctors, businessmen, and clinic directors are making a great deal of money from abortion. Jobs and high incomes depend on abortion; it's part of the gross national product. The parallels of this with the military-industrial complex should be obvious to anyone who was involved in the anti-war movement.
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