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Abortion Language Will Prevent Passage of Women's Rights Package

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Democrats for Life of America
Feminists Choosing Life of New York
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Contact: Kristen Day -202-220-3066
ABORTION LANGUAGE WILL PREVENT PASSAGE
OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS PACKAGE
Consensus Means Removing Abortion Expansion
 
Albany, NY – Democrats For Life of New York and Feminists Choosing Life of New York issued an open letter to supporters of the Women’s Equality Act (WEA) to urge removal of the abortion expansion provisions. There is consensus and widespread support for the first nine points of the WEA concerning equality and safety for women, but not for the abortion language of the tenth point.
 
“Governor Cuomo stated that he is looking for consensus, and we have that on the first nine points of his proposal,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America.  “The abortion language is divisive, controversial, and unnecessary. The only purpose it serves is to scuttle passage of a bill to advance women’s rights. The governor should not put the demands of the abortion industry above good legislation to promote, protect, and support women.”
 
Forty years ago, the failure to include abortion-neutral language prevented passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. It was on the verge of passing with 35 states agreeing to ratify the Amendment. Abortion-neutral language was proposed but not included, causing five states to repeal their approval of that federal constitutional amendment and resulting in the ERA's eventual defeat.
 
“We should not make the same mistake today that our leaders made 40 years ago.  Most groups who support the Women’s Equality Act do not take a position on abortion,” said Carol Crossed, board member of DFL of New York. “We should work together to demand immediate passage of the nine points that we all agree on that will provide immediate support and equality for women.”
 

New York Dems Urge Cuomo to Support Women - Not Abortion Industry

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Democrats for Life of America
 
Democrats For Life of New York
 
 
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Contact: Kristen Day -202-220-3066
April 18, 2013                                                                                                                           
 
 
 
 
 
New York Pro-Life Democrats Urge Governor
 
to Support Women – Not Abortion Industry
 
 
 
 
Albany, NY – New York Pro-life Democrats held a press conference this week to oppose Governor Cuomo’s abortion expansion proposal and to call for more support for pregnant women and their unborn children, the codification of federal law, and a re-commitment to Democratic values that protect the weakest—even if they are unborn.
 
 
 
“Abortion is big business in New York with unlimited public funding and an abortion rate twice the national average,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “The Governor’s proposal will not address the high abortion rate nor help pregnant women. The Governor’s proposal will help an influential and financially flush corporation increase its customer base and profit margin; that sounds more like a Republican value.”
 
 

Measure Steers Women to Clinics

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Pro-life Democrats enthusiastically greeted the many progressive components in the Women's Equality Act described by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, in areas such as family status discrimination, workplace sexual harassment and human trafficking. We were dismayed, however, at his inclusion of extremist measures that would promote abortion while repealing some existing protections for pregnant women.

DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE FILES AMICUS BRIEFS ON HHS MANDATE AND ABORTIFACIENTS

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Democrats for Life of America 

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Contact: Kristen Day (202-220-3066) 
March 26, 2013
 
DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE FILES AMICUS BRIEFS ON HHS MANDATE AND ABORTIFACIENTS

 

 

Washington, DC – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) has filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in two federal court cases in support  of the conscience clause of  individuals and organizations who oppose parts of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate  that  requires  individuals to facilitate abortions through their employees’ health insurance coverage.  DFLA argued that private entities, including for-profit businesses, should not be required to cover drugs  when there is reason to believe these drugs may cause abortions of new embryos. Specifically, DFLA cites emergency contraceptives such as Plan B (the “morning after” pill) and Ella (the “seven-day after” pill) that cause the abortion of new embryos.

 

The legal briefs were filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth and Third Circuit,  in Newland v Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, respectively. DFLA  argued that the HHS mandate to cover  these drugs violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The HHS mandate is also inconsistent with conscience protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) itself.  An additional signatory of the briefs is former Congressman Bart Stupak, who led the effort to include pro-life provisions in the ACA and who negotiated an Executive Order by President Obama re-affirming that the ACA would continue to protect conscience rights of all Americans and prevent the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions.

 

 

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