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Thank You Nat Hentoff and Senator Colgan

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THANK YOU NAT HENTOFF AND SENATOR COLGAN
Pro-life leaders remembered
 
Nat Hentoff 
Nat Hentoff was a friend and supporter of Democrats For Life of America and served on our Advisory Board for several years. A writer for the Village Voice for more than 50 years, he held a liberal orthodoxy. His passion was jazz and he frequently wrote about his love of music, including several books. He was a fierce advocate for free speech,  and strongly opposed abortion. The intersection of these two principles coincided in the early 1990’s.
 
In 1992, after Governor Robert Casey of Pennsylvania was prevented from speaking at the Democratic National Convention about abortion, Hentoff hosted the governor at the historic Cooper Union so he would have an opportunity to share his views on abortion. However, the governor was once again silenced by a group of “hooligans” who “made all speech except their own inaudible.”
 
In addition to opposing abortion, Hentoff defended the rights of peoplel with disablities and the elderly. His consistently well-thought writings and advocacy for human rights will be missed.
 
Farewell Nat Nentoff by Jonathan Turley
 
Senator Colgan
Senator Chuck Colgan retired from the Virginia state senate in 2015, at the young age of 89. Part of me wonders if he stayed there because he was the lone pro-life Democrat in the Virginia senate.
 
He was the longest-serving member of the Virginia state senate. First elected in 1975, he served in the leadership as the president pro tempore and budget conferee.
 
He was quiet but effective, not only willing but also encouraging of working across party lines for the good of the state. We hope we can find a pro-life Democrat to fill Senator Chuck Colgan's very big shoes and the hole left in our state legislature.
 

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U.S. House Scorecard

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***Following are the 8 critical votes in 114th Congress we consider for endorsement.  We only endorse and support candidates that are both pro-life and Democrat. Candidates that vote are pledge to support all 8 votes receive a “8 Star Rating” and receive automatic endorsement.

To see how your Member voted, please click here. We only rank Democratic Members since we do not endorse Republicans.

May 13, 2015. H.R. 36 Roll Call Vote #223. The Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act—This was a vote by the House of Representatives to ban abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of a mother. The House passed the bill by a 242-184 margin. However, when it arrived in the Senate it was defeated when they were unable to get to the 60 votes needed to move the legislation forward.

Why this was important: The US is just one of 7 nations that allows abortion after 20 weeks. Recent studies have indicated that preborn children can feel pain. Further, medical advancements have pushed the viability standard set in law over 40 years ago.

January 22,2015 H.R. 7 Roll Call Vote #45 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act- This legislation was introduced to prohibit taxpayer funding of elective abortion anywhere in the federal government. The bill passed the House by a 242-179 margin. However, it has not been voted upon by the Senate. It is currently with the Senate Finance Committee.

Why this was important:  There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. However, it has to be added as a rider to every piece of legislation. This would make the ban on public funding of abortion permanent.

February 3, 2015 H.R. 596 Roll Call  Vote #58 To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010- The vote passed the House by a 239-186 margin. However, it did not get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to proceed with the legislation.

Why this is important:  The ACA provides access to affordable health care to all families regardless of pre-existing conditions, which is critical if families are to feel supported in bringing children into the world. Repealing the legislation would eliminate lifesaving healthcare for millions of Americans.

September 18, 2015 H.R. 3134 Roll Call Vote #505 Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015- This was a vote to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding for one year. Funding would be transferred to community health centers instead. This passed the House by a 241-187 margin but was unable to get to the procedural 60 votes in the  Senate to proceed.

Why this is important: Planned Parenthood, the number one abortion provider in the nation, takes money away from Community Health Centers and other health care clinics that provide comprehensive care to women. Almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are STD Testing/Treatment, contraception, and abortion. DFLA’s position is that limited federal funds should be allocated to organizations, such as Community Health Centers, that provide comprehensive healthcare.

July 10, 2015 H.R. 6 Amendment #3 Roll Call Vote #432 21st Century Cures Act- This bill was to reauthorize the National Institute of Health through Fiscal Year 2018 to continue their work and research. Barbara Lee of California introduce an amendment to allow federal funds be used for abortion through the NIH. The amendment was defeated on a 176-245 vote.

Why this is important:There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. Limited funds should be used to research cures, not pay for abortion.

September 18, 2015 H.R. 3504 Roll Call Vote #506 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act- This bill required any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion to give the same care they would to any other newly born child and ensure that the child is immediately admitted to a hospital. This passed the House by a 248-177 margin but has not been acted on in the Senate.

Why this is important: Infants born alive during the abortion procedure have been left to die. This would ensure a standard of care would be given to children born alive.

July 6, 2016. H.R. 5485 Roll Call Vote #364 Grayson Amendment to allow tax subsidized abortion for federal employees- While the House was passing budget bills for Fiscal Year 2017 Congressman Alan Grayson provided an amendment that would change long standing history and allow for taxpayer dollars to be used to pay for abortions for federal employees. The House defeated this amendment as it got 177 yes votes to 245 no votes.

Why this is important: This keeps with the long standing Hyde amendment that prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.

July 13, 2016 S 304 Roll Call Vote #364 Amendment to Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act- This amendment was added to prohibit the federal government and state and local governments that receive federal financial assistance for health-related activities penalizing or discriminating against a health care provider based on the provider's refusal to be involved in, or provide coverage for, abortion. This passed the House on a 245-182 vote.

Why this is important: Provides protection to health care providers who have a moral or religous objection to abortion from being forced to be inolved in the abortion process.

 

U.S. Senate Scorecard

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***Following are the 5 critical votes in 114th Congress we consider for endorsement.  We only endorse and support candidates that are both pro-life and Democrat. Candidates that vote or pledge to support all 5 votes receive a “5 Star Rating” and receive automatic endorsement.

To see how your Member voted, please click here. We only rank Democratic Members since we do not endorse Republicans.

1. September 22, 2015.  H.R. 36, The Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act– This was a procedural vote to allow the Senate to begin debate on legislation to ban all abortions from 20 weeks (22 weeks after the woman’s last period) except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.  20 weeks is the time when a prenatal child is known to experience pain. The vote failed to garner the necessary 60 votes.   Key vote: Roll Call No. 268. Result: The bill failed by a vote of 54 to 42. (Under Senate rules, the Senate needed 60 votes to proceed with consideration of the legislation.)

Why this was important: The US is just one of 7 nations that allows abortion after 20 weeks. Recent studies have indicated that preborn children can feel pain. Further, medical advancements have pushed the viability standard set in law over 40 years ago

2. August 3, 2015.  S. 1881, To prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  This was a procedural vote to allow the Senate to begin debate on legislation to prohibit Federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The legislation did not reduce funding for women’s health.  Key vote: Roll Call No. 262. Result: The bill failed by a vote of 53 to 46. (Under Senate rules, the Senate needed 60 votes to proceed with consideration of the legislation.)

Why this is important: Planned Parenthood, the number one abortion provider in the nation, takes money away from Community Health Centers and other health care clinics that provide comprehensive care to women. Almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are STD Testing/Treatment, contraception and abortion. DFLA’s position is that limited federal funds should be allocated to organization, such as Community Health Centers, that provide comprehensive healthcare.

3. July 26, 2015. Amendment No. 2328, Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Educational Reconciliation Act of 2010 in its entirety. DFLA Opposes the repeal. Key vote: Roll Call No. 253.  Result: The bill failed by a vote of 49 to 43. (Under Senate rules, the Senate needed 60 votes to proceed with consideration of the legislation.)

Why this is important:  The ACA provides access to affordable health care to all families regardless of pre-existing conditions  which is critical for families to feel supported in bring children into this world. Repealing the legislation would eliminate lifesaving healthcare for millions of Americans.

4. April 22, 2015. Amendment No. 301 to S. 178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.  The legislation would curb sex trafficking crimes by creating a Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund that would levy fines against perpetrators and provide additional resources to assist the victims. The Leahy Amendment would strike the Hyde language, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion, from the bill. Roll Call No. 301. Result: The Amendment failed by a vote of 43 to 55.

Why this is important: There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. The legislation should focus on helping victims of crime, not subsidizing abortion.

5. April 14, 2015. Amendment No. 1117 to H.R. 2., Medicaid Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. H.R. 2 would strengthen Medicare access and improve and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Murray Amendment would have allowed taxpayer funding of abortion. Roll Call No. 140. Result: The Amendment failed by a vote of 43 to 57.

Why this is important:  Again, there is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. The legislation should prioritize comprehensive healthcare, not taxpayer funding of abortion.

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