The Consistent Life Ethic

is the belief that all human beings, by virtue of their humanity, deserve to live free from all aggressive violence, from conception to natural death.

Image by Maria Oswalt

The Consistent Life Ethic is the ethos behind our human rights work. 


In a nutshell, it asserts that our value as human beings is intrinsic — rather than being affected by extrinsic factors such as ability, level of development, dependence, guilt, or anything else. It strips away the arbitrary distinctions put forth by various sides of the political spectrum and simply says: to be deserving of human rights, it is enough that you are human.

Consequently, as adherents to the Consistent Life Ethic, we oppose all acts of aggressive violence against humans. Any act of aggressive violence functions as a form of lethal discrimination and undermines our equality. 

That means no abortion, no war-making, no death penalty, no euthanasia, no torture, no destruction of human embryos, no police brutality.

Nonviolence towards all.


Human rights are built upon the solid, unchangeable foundation of our shared humanity. Our commitment to nonviolence requires that we be active, engaged, and dedicated to bringing an end to all forms of violence in our communities both local and international.

To build a culture of peace and life, we must build a world that upholds the inherent dignity of each and every human being. It means upending political paradigms and refusing to participate in the dehumanizing culture war. After all, we need everyone on board if we hope to eliminate even one form of aggressive violence. This non-partisan, non-sectarian approach to human rights allows us to connect with people of all backgrounds, to build bridges, and to walk side-by-side for life, peace, and justice.

Image by Maria Oswalt
Image by Maria Oswalt


Is the Consistent Life Ethic a religious point of view? 

No, Rehumanize International is a secular organization that includes people from all faiths or lack thereof. 

What about self-defense?

The Consistent Life Ethic does not take a position on self-defense. When we use the phrase "aggressive violence" we are referring to violence that is perpetrated by an aggressor against a victim. While some Consistent Life Ethic adherents are pacifists, Rehumanize International welcomes everyone committed to a more just world to join us in our work.


Why don’t you address [X issue related to life]?

While there are many important issues to consider when trying to create a culture of life, our goal is to build a broad coalition of people from all backgrounds and political ideologies to oppose aggressive violence against human beings. As a result, we do not take a position on issues such as welfare programs, gun control, animal rights, or others. 


Why don’t you address [X issue of illegal aggressive violence]? 

Rehumanize International does oppose every act of aggressive violence against human beings. However, when deciding which acts among those we should focus on, we've found it most worthwhile to direct our energy toward the ones that are currently legal and/or socially acceptable because changing hearts and minds on these issues can lead to the legislative change necessary to achieve equal rights for all.