DFLA General

We Are Pro-Life and Democrat

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We believe in the fundamental worth, dignity, and equality of all people.  We believe that the protection of human life is the foundation of human rights, authentic freedom, and good government.  These beliefs animate our opposition to abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, embryonic stem cell research, poverty, genocide, and all other injustices that directly and indirectly threaten human life.


We believe in the core values and principles of the Democratic Party.  We are committed to freedom and justice, security and prosperity, equality and community, and hope and progress.  We are proud to be members of the party that created the New Deal, Fair Deal, and New Frontier.  We share the party’s commitment to the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from fear and want.  We look to continue and perfect the party’s commitment to the most vulnerable members of our society.


We believe in the legal protection of unborn life and a comprehensive approach to reducing the number of abortions in America and around the world.  We believe in supporting women and children and strengthening families and communities.  We believe in the elimination of the death penalty, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research, but support the life enhancing promise of adult stem cell research.

In representing pro-life Democrats within the true “big tent” party, DFLA works across a broad spectrum of life ethics. We recognize that people of good faith have different approaches to these issues; therefore, we refuse to use a single issue as a “litmus test” to exclude those who would otherwise seek common ground with us on the expansion of human rights.  We encourage all people committed to the common good to work together to protect human life at all of its stages.

Pro-Life Democrats Speak at Democratic Convention

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At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) showcased Pro-life Democratic leaders in the political, academic, and religious fields who have spent years standing up for pro-life values and continue to fight for life today.

You can read the remarks of the speakers below:

Former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper;

Former Congressman Bart Stupak;

Tom Berg, St. Thomas Law School;

Steve Schneck, policy analyst at Catholic University of America


NOTE: Some media are incorrectly reporting that Congressman Bart Stupak believes that the ACA is illegal.  The reports are false.  The Congressman was referring to the HHS Contraception mandate.  You can read his statement here

Our Voices, Our Party

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"I believe Democrats better support life after birth by helping the poor & middle class & the sick, denouncing the death penalty in cases where the criminal can be safely kept out of society through incarceration without parole, and promoting peace.  Pro-life Democrats also support the right of the unborn to life and for health care & financial help for those mothers who might feel forced to abort because they don't feel they can afford to carry a baby to viability &/or raise a baby.

As a Pro-life Catholic Democrat, I also support natural lifelong families which statistics show to be the best environment for growing healthy children. I denounce the philosophy of Planned Parenthood which promotes extramarital sex & birth control methods that are harmful to women & marriages & families. Our country is in a dying population crisis & we need to promote strong, fruitful, exclusive marriages to avoid demographic winter.  May God guide our country's leaders and have mercy on us for US promotion of abortion in other countries."

B.A. Ballenger


"The Democratic Party has long stood up for the rights of the poor, disenfranchised, and minority groups here in America. Well, there's no group more helpless and voiceless than the unborn, so it makes perfect logical sense to me to extend the civil rights plank of the party to cover the unborn. Either life matters or it doesn't; that's the question we as Democrats need to ask ourselves.

I hope to promote progressive reform in America that can work harmoniously alongside the right to life and religious freedom."

Brent V


"I am a Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul the Apostle (Paulist Fathers), America's first Catholic religious order of men. Our founder, Isaac Thomas Hecker, was a Jacksonian Democrat and early New York social reformer.  I believe Democrats for Life embraces the rich social teachings of my Church, in the spirit of the late R. Sargent Shriver and his dear wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. I myself am an evangelist based in Memphis, Tennessee, and active in movements to end abortion, the death penalty, poverty, racism, international, local, and domestic violence, and to promote universal health care and immigration rights.  I am proud of the involvement of Democrats for Life in all of these areas."

Catholic Priest

DFLA Mission Statement

Democrats For Life of America advocates and supports programs and policies that respect and promote life from conception to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.  Learn more...