Report From the Philadelphia Conference

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DFLA Newsletter
April, 2017     
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
DFLA STATE CHAPTER CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA -- A SUCCESS!
 
On April 1st and 2nd, Democrats For Life of America held its 2nd State Chapter Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Penn Cardinal Newman Center. Seven panels were held, and a good contingent of Pro-Life Democrats from Pennsylvania and neighboring states were in attendance.
 
 
 
First, we would like to thank all of the speakers who attended the conference:
 
-Michael Bayer of the Diocese of Raleigh, NC
-Aimee Murphy of Rehumanize International
-Father Joe Zaleski
-PA 173rd District State Rep. Mike Driscoll
-former Michigan State Rep. Joel Sheltrown
-Robert Christian of Millennial Journal
-Amy Grace Miller of Guiding Star Home
-Amy Ford of Embrace Grace
-DFLA Board Member Charlie Camosy
-DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day
 
The panelists were exceptional and encouraging. Democrats For Life is a Whole Life organization, and the first two panels talked about breaking the stereotypes of Pro-Lifers, including how our movement started as a liberal movement, and how the Pro-Life position is not solely tied to Republican Party politics. You can support both pregnant mother and child, and there are many different Pro-Life faces. You can be against the death penalty, abortion, and war. These positions are not mutually exclusive.
 
One of the most encouraging panels was from Amy Grace Miller of the Philadelphia Pro-Life Union, who runs Guiding Star Home, and Amy Ford of the organization Embrace Grace. Both are working directly with pregnant women, who deserve respect and support – not shame and pressure to abort.
 
Our very own Kristen Day spoke about legislative opportunities and challenges, and how the Pro-Life Movement can move forward at the federal level through legislation passed by Congress. On the same panel, DFLA Board Member Charlie Camosy talked about the best strategies for the Pro-Life Movement going forward, and he cited statistics indicating that despite popular belief, fewer than 1% of women who got abortions felt that their relationships with their partners improved, felt better about themselves, or felt more control in their lives.  On the flip side, 62% of women who got abortions felt they were unable to forgive themselves, and 15% of women experienced post-traumatic stress disorder.
  
Our Pro-Life Democratic state legislators shared how difficult it is to be a Pro-Life Democrat and how much pressure there is to change. One of the most important things we can do as Pro-Life Democrats is to support our local elected officials who are Pro-Life Democrats by sending them letters of thanks and encouragement, writing to them, and supporting them at town halls for their positions on supporting life. 
  
In case you missed them, streams of the panels are all available to rewatch on the Democrats for Life of America Facebook page.
 
 
Pro-Life Democrats came prepared with many ideas for the conference, and how to move DFLA forward as an organization. We look forward to continue putting up the good fight in the Democratic Party for all human life!
 
 
 
 
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
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Dear Friend,
 
You may have noticed, from our upcoming events, that DFLA is going places.
 
Our message will not be heard if we only share it in Washington, DC.  We enjoyed holding our annual conference in New Orleans in 2016 and Philadelphia in 2017. The decision for 2018 will be up to you!
 
We are opening up bids to our state chapters to convince us to hold our next conference in your state. Simply fill out the attached form and return it to us by May 15, 2017. If we choose you, we will partner to create the largest meeting of pro-life democrats to date!
 
We have a lot to do and a lot to plan (see our list of upcoming events), so your additional support would be very much appreciated.
 
 
Sincerely,
Kristen
 
NEWS FROM OUR STATE CHAPTERS
 
Do you want the next DFLA Conference in your state?
 
Send us your proposal with the following information:
  • Democrats For Life should come to (your town here) because…
  • I have/have not planned an event prior and/but I am well-prepared to plan this conference because...
  • Do you have a venue in mind?
  • Do you have local support to help and assist?  How big is your committee?
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
Defund Planned Parenthood Rally
 
Your Town
April 28-29, 2017
 
Pro-Life Women's Conference 
DFLA will be a sponsor! (FUNDED!)

Orlando, FL
June 23-25, 2017
DFLA will be a sponsor
(FUNDED!)
Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1, 2017
 
Consistent Life Conference
DFLA will be a sponsor
(FUNDED)  
Kristen Day is a speaker!
 Eastern, PA
August 4-6, 2017
 
March for Life Conference
(NEED FUNDING)
Washington, D.C.
January 19, 2018
 
 March For Life
DFLA Pro-life for the Whole Life Breakfast
January 19, 2018
 
DFLA Pro-Life Summit
May, 2018
 
Will you consider a contribution today to our Conference Fund? Every dollar counts toward making DFLA's presence known to both Pro-Lifers and Democrats. Please click here.