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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kristen Day October 28, 2015 (202) 220-3066
Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse John Bel Edwards
WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats For Life has announced its endorsement of John Bel Edwards for Governor of Louisiana. The organization cited Edwards’ strong record and leadership in defending and protecting life at all stages and his successful advocacy on behalf of his constituents. Edwards currently serves as the Chair of the Louisiana House Democratic Caucus and has a notable record from his military career.
“Representative John Bel Edwards has shown by example that he is a consistent and reliable whole-life advocate,” said Kristen Day, executive director of DFLA. “He is a voice for the voiceless. As governor, he will not only protect the unborn but also provide support to new mothers, address income inequality for families, and be a real leader for all the people in Louisiana, not just the wealthy.”
In announcing his candidacy, Edwards said Louisiana needs “a healthy dose of common sense and compassion for ordinary people.” Louisiana has the second highest poverty rate in the nation yet the current administration has made budget cuts, including cuts to state hospitals and colleges and universities, that disproportionately affect lower-income Louisianans. Tuition has increased over 80 percent over the past 6 years and almost 20 percent of Louisianans do not have healthcare. Edwards supports Medicaid expansion to allow more Louisianans to have access to comprehensive health care.
“There are still too many people without access to basic healthcare,” said Day. “John Bel Edwards is a proven leader, and we are confident that his ability to lead and his compassion for his fellow Louisianans will strengthen the state and help lift people out of poverty. The number one reason women choose abortion is financial stress. The next governor must address the high poverty rate in the state.”
Edwards has a strong pro-life record in his personal life and as a legislator. He and his wife went against a doctor’s recommendation to abort their child when she was diagnosed with spina bifida. He further has a 100 percent voting record with Louisiana Right to Life.
“Republicans are already trying to tie Representative Edwards to the extreme abortion position promoted by NARAL and Planned Parenthood just because he is a Democrat,” said Day. “But actions and votes speak louder than rhetoric. His actions and record are clear.”
Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Its 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.