Greens & the consistent life ethic

A Party for "We the People." All People.

More than three decades ago, a group of environmental activists met in St. Paul Minnesota to create the Nation's first Green organization. State-level Green Parties began to gain momentum across the country. In the early 2000s, The Green Committees of Correspondence developed into the fourth largest political party in the U.S.-- the Green Party. As the party that emphasizes ecological wisdom, cooperation, and non-violent action; as the party that advocates for a human centered political order, we stand for peace, ecology, social justice, and democracy. We aspire to break through America's two-party system and bridge the ever increasing gap between the rich and the poor. In a similar fashion, the Consistent Life Ethic is a non-violent, human centered philosophy based on the intrinsic value of every individual human being. Those who uphold the CLE agree and believe that it's time to acknowledge the rights and protect the lives of all human beings — no exceptions. And therefore, guiding our politics and our world towards a more compassionate, peaceful, and human-centered order. 

The CLE opposes all forms of aggressive violence, including but not limited to war, capital punishment, torture, human trafficking, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.

Greens generally oppose capital punishment, torture, & unjust wars...

As Greens, we believe that we must avoid war as much as possible, and that we should aim to solve international conflict without the loss of thousands of human lives through violent battles. We seek to demilitarize, eliminate weapons of mass destruction, and steer our country towards peaceful conflict resolution by popularizing effective non-violent techniques. Although we are not naive regarding the motives of other states, we still respect the lives and dignity of both American and foreign soldiers by favoring diplomacy to deter global threats and promote peace. Upholding the same value for human life, President Obama banned torture without exception within his first week in office. Greens nationwide have been fighting to end cruel and unforgiving executions of inmates on death row. Similarly, we believe in rehabilitation rather than retribution. It is important that we continue to push our politicians to act on these convictions by stopping violent drone attacks, ending capital punishment, and closing Guantanamo Bay.

according to non-violence 

principles, greens should also oppose abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research...

It is vital that we ask our politicians to recognize the inherent dignity and rights of all human beings, not just the rights of victims to war, torture, and capital punishment. If we are truly going to stand as the party of nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation, we need to recognize abortion and euthanasia for the violent practices they are. If we are truly to stand for the defenseless and marginalized, we need to fight for the lives of preborn human beings, and for the lives of the sick and elderly as well. Considering our party's pillar of peace, we need to demand that Greens adopt an opposition to abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and physician assisted suicide.

"...but Women need abortion in order to achieve success in school and the workplace!"

Four decades after Roe, pregnant women still suffer from discrimination in school and the workplace, women still struggle to earn equal pay for equal work and don’t have guaranteed paid leave. We need to attack these injustices directly with sustainable solutions instead of attacking the lives of human beings in the womb.

 

"...But By defunding abortion providers, you are taking away women’s access to healthcare!"

The health needs of women comprise much more than just pelvic exams, PAP smears, STD tests, UTI inspections, manual breast exams and birth control. However, these limited services are the only things Planned Parenthood offers [A]. Federally Qualified Health Centers offer all those services and more fully comprehensive healthcare vital to the health of women [B]. FQHCs outnumber Planned Parenthoods 13 to 1 and serve 22.8 million people yearly (compared to PP’s 2.8 million) [C, D]. Beyond this, it is important to recognize that the government shouldn’t contract with an organization that kills human beings.

"...But Without embryonic stem cell research, we lose the potential for lifesaving treatments!"

Adult stem cells have been used successfully in human therapies for years, but embryonic stem cell therapies have proven medically problematic at best, and deadly at worst. Additionally, recent advances have allowed us to create induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are similar to embryonic stem cells in both form and function [E], but don’t require the destruction of a human’s life in their creation. It is important for us to respect the lives of humans in their early embryonic life like those of any other human beings and explore research and treatment options that do not require their destruction.

"...But The disabled should have the right to die!"

While pain is often cited as the primary reason people advocate for assisted suicide, Oregon doctors did not report this as any of the top five reasons they issue lethal prescriptions. Instead, “loss of autonomy”, “less able to engage in activities”, and other issues of disability were listed as the top reasons [F]. It is clear that assisted suicide is the product of a society which devalues the lives of people with disabilities. It is important to stand against these attitudes and respect the life and dignity of all individuals by providing holistic and comprehensive care to the sick instead of reinforcing the stigmatization of impairment by allowing them to kill themselves.

WORKS CITED

[A] Planned Parenthood Federation of America. http://www.plannedparenthood.org

[B] Medicare Benefit Policy Manual.

      https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/Downloads/bp102c13.pdf

[C] HRSA National Data, 2013-2014. http://bphc.hrsa.gov/uds/datacenter. aspx?q=tall&year=2014&state

[D] Planned Parenthood Annual Report, 2013-2014.

      https://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/6714/1996/2641/2013-2014_Annual_Report_FINAL_WEB_VERSION.pdf

[E] Takahashi et al., 2007. Induction of pluripotent stem cells from adult human fibroblasts by defined factors. Cell, 131 (2007), pp.

      861–872

[F] Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act—2013.    http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year16.pdf

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