FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day
March 19, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life urges Senate Democrat to release their hold on the Senate bill 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. All but four Senate Democrats oppose the bi-partisan bill to help victims of human trafficking because of language to prohibit the use of funds for abortion. The language to prevent abortion funding is consistent with the Hyde language that allows abortion funding for rape, incest and life of the mother.
“History tells us that when language to exclude abortion is not included, the strong arm of the abortion industry flexes its muscle and acquires a big piece of the pie ,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA.. “The Victims Fund should be used to help the victim, not line the pockets of the abortion industry.”
Human Trafficking is a multimillion dollar industry. Over 2.4 million people suffer at the hands of predators who sell innocent people for slavery. Eighty percent of the trafficking victims are sold into sexual slavery. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, would have created a fund to support the victims from fees assessed to the predators involved with human trafficking. Four Democrats, Senators Casey, Donnelly, Heitcamp, and Manchin supported the bill.
“That this critically important legislation has been compromised is testament to the narrow, self-interest politics of the abortion industry,” said Day. “Four Senate Democrats have sense enough to see beyond the facade and represent true democratic values to support victims. We strongly encourage Senate Democrats to take a second look at this reasonable language and support the legislation so the funds can be used to help victims.”
Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. DFLA’s primary mission has been to elect pro-life Democrats, support pro-life elected officials, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform, and achieve legislation that fosters respect for human life.
Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life, an international network for peace, justice, and life.