Are You Consistent? (p1)

I’m in Washington DC at the Consistent Life 25th Anniversary Conference.

This is a group committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today’s world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia.  This group believes that these issues are linked under a ‘consistent ethic of life.’  It’s all about a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected.

The question is this:  What does it mean to be pro-life?

Normally we think of being pro-life as being just anti-abortion.  However, abortion is not the only life issue.

Ultimately, the question is, “Are you consistent–consistenly pro-life on every issue?”

3 thoughts on “Are You Consistent? (p1)

  1. For what it is worth.
    We had a dog who we knew that his time was coming to an end.
    You would be surprised how many people told me to “just put him down and be done with it”.
    But I could not even think of it as long as I saw him chasing squirrels and stuff.
    Finally on Monday he stopped eating altogether, so we knew it was soon.
    I would hold him and tell him it was okay.
    But just like the bunny with the battery, he just kept going.
    Early Saturday morning, I heard him fussing.
    That’s went I found out he was paralized.
    To make it worse, I could hear him crying. Like a person was crying.
    I have never had to “put any of our pets down” before and I did not want to start.
    To me that is murder.
    But it was clear that he was hurting so much and it broke my heart.
    We took him in and they thought I was strange because I refused to let go of him until he was gone.
    So they did what they needed to, only I was holding him in my arms through all of it.
    Then they charged us and extra $65 because I was holding him. really?
    I was told normally people just drop off their pets with instructions and leave.
    I feel so torn as if I did the right thing. It is just killing me inside.

    • I can tell you were a very loving dog owner. Your dog knew you cared about him–you did not want him to suffer anymore.

  2. Sandy,
    I am so sorry for your loss and that the vet’s office added insult to injury. Shame on them.

    I once had to make the choice to end a pets suffering. What helped me decide was this…unlike humans, animals just don’t have the cognitive reasoning to understand what is going on. They only know the pain. They don’t know why or when it will end or what it will take for it to end, it is just pain. I couldn’t let my girl be in that place of endless pain, that just seemed mean. It was hard but I am glad we did it, and she had our family with her loving her in the end.

    Please don’t worry anymore, the definition of humane is : 1.Having or showing compassion or benevolence.
    You did the humane thing Sandy.

    You are in my prayers.
    -Maura

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