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DFLA Newsletter
November, 2016
 
 
The Pro-Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
Statement by Kristen Day 
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
 
 
When Republicans nominated the most unpopular candidate for president since Barry Goldwater, pundits believed it was a sure thing that Democrats would retake the United States Senate. Rather than appeal to independents and soft Republicans, Democrats continued with a losing strategy.
 
They nominated a slate of U.S. Senate candidates – many of whom lost their own re-elections just six years ago –  who believe in late-term abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion. The national Democratic message stressed the importance of nominating pro-choice Supreme Court justices and repealing the Hyde Amendment. It once again backfired in purple states.
 
Our party should not be content being a coastal party and needs to recognize that the bi-coastal messaging does not play in the heartland. Candidates matter. And if the Democratic Party continues to run radically pro-choice candidates in pro-life states, we will never win a majority of seats in the U.S. Senate.
 
During the Democratic National Convention, Democrats for Life of America issued the “Open the Big Tent” report, which lays out the correlation between the decline of the pro-life Democratic members of Congress and the total number of Democratic members. We thought these numbers could not go any lower, but this election cycle produced three more Republican governors, giving Republicans their highest number in history.
 
The Democratic Party needs to win again so that a united party can fight for the party’s key economic issues that sustained it in the past:  the right to organize labor, the minimum wage, and Social Security.  Pro-life and pro-choice Democrats can work together to achieve these goals. 
 
But we cannot do that as a minority party.  We must do three things to win again:
 
  • Change the party platform to acknowledge our pro-life members and to protect religious conscience
  • Resurrect the “fifty state strategy” while recruiting candidates who reflect their districts’ values
  • Eliminate the litmus test for pro-life candidates.
 
The last four election cycles have taught us this:
 
It is time for the Democratic Party to return to its economic and human- rights roots as exemplified by former pro-life Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who said, “The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
 
There were 6 million fewer Democratic voters in 2016 than in 2012. Many of those voters were people I spoke with or have heard from over the past few months. They are concerned that our party has lost its way. They expressed hesitancy about supporting a candidate who supported late-term abortions. They were looking for other options.
 
We call on our Democratic Party to be representative of the one-third of our members who define themselves as pro-life and to open the big tent to every American who feels politically homeless after this divisive campaign. If we bring pro-life Democrats home in 2020, we can take back the White House. 
 
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STATE CHAPTER NEWS:
 
 
We held our monthly conference call with state leaders this past Wednesday. It was wonderful to hear the successes of some of our pro-life democrat candidates around the nation. We wanted to share some of our victories.
 
LA: Foster Campbell is headed to a run off in the U.S. Senate race
 
LA: Sharon Weston Broome is headed to a run off for Mayor of Baton Rouge.
 
MI: Brian Elder defeated a Planned Parenthood endorsed candidte in the primary and won the general for the State House seat.
 
MI: DLFA Member and supporter Victor Celentino won re-election for County Commission. 
 
MA: We can now call State Representative Walter Timilty State Seantor-elect.
 
NY: DFLA heros State Senator Ruben Diaz and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, who led the effort to defeat Governor Cuomo's aboriton expation effort, both won handily.
 
PA: Many victories in Pennsylvania. More on this state in a future e-mail.
 
RI: Numberous victories in Rhode Island. We will have a full list in a future e-mail.
 
Did a pro-life democrat win in your state? Please let us know!
 
 
Buy Tickets Today for the March for Life Breakfast! 
NEW DATE: March for Life (1-27-2017)
 
Due to the Inauguration, the March for Life in D.C. has been pushed back one week to January 27, 2017. You can purchase your tickets here.
 
 
 
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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...