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About Democrats For Life of America

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Who We Are

We are the preeminent national organization for pro-life Democrats. We are the pro-life voice and wing of the Democratic Party.

We are:

Pro-life: We believe in the fundamental worth, dignity, and equality of all people. We believe that the protection of human life is the foundation of human rights, authentic freedom, and good government. These beliefs animate our opposition to abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, embryonic stem cell research, poverty, genocide, and all other injustices that directly and indirectly threaten human life.

Democrats: We believe in the core values and principles of the Democratic Party. We are committed to freedom and justice, security and prosperity, equality and community, and hope and progress. We are proud to be members of the party that created the New Deal, Fair Deal, and New Frontier. We share the party's commitment to the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from fear and want. We look to continue and perfect the party's commitment to the most vulnerable members of our society.

Pro-life Democrats: We believe in the legal protection of unborn life and a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to reducing the number of abortions in America and around the world. We believe in supporting women and children, strengthening families and communities, and protecting the environment. We favor eliminating unfair discrimination, improving education, and preserving the American dream for all Americans. We believe in the elimination of the death penalty, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research.

We believe in honest, efficient government that compliments the market and civil society to build a strong economy that benefits all Americans. We believe this can be achieved through consistent growth, sensible regulation, fair taxation, and adequate wages, along with efforts to ensure the equality of opportunity, a reduction in poverty, and the existence of an effective social safety net that guarantees that all people have sufficient access to food, shelter, healthcare, and life's other basic necessities.

Globally, we oppose tyranny, terrorism, genocide, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human trafficking, and all other unjust acts of violence and aggression. We support international cooperation, the spread of democracy and human rights, and the empowerment of women.

In representing pro-life Democrats within the true "big tent" party, DFLA works across a broad spectrum of life ethics. We recognize that people of good faith have different approaches to these issues; therefore, we refuse to use a single issue as a "litmus test" to exclude those who would otherwise seek common ground with us on the expansion of human rights. We encourage all people committed to the common good to work together to protect human life at all of its stages.

What We Do

We mobilize Democrats at local, state, and national levels to:

  • elect pro-life Democrats to office
  • support pro-life Democrats while in an elected position
  • promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform
  • achieve pro-life legislation with the help of national and state pro-life Democrats
  • participate actively in Democratic party functions and offices

Click here to download our brochure in PDF format.

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Would you like to donate to our Open the Big Tent initiative? Please click here.

Donations to Democrats for Life of America are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Legislative Updates

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Federal Legislative Updates:

Senate passes Child Custody Protection Act

Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) issued a plea to its members to call upon their Senators to pass the Child Custody Protection Act. The Child Custody Protect Act passed the House over a year ago by a vote of 270 to 157 with over 50 Democrats supporting the measure. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 65-34 with numerous Democrats supporting the common sense legislation.

To read more about this legislation and to see a list of Democrats who helped it to pass, click here

Cord Blood Bill passes both U.S. House and Senate

Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) called upon you to urge your Senators to bring the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act for a vote, and the Senate has voted and passed the bill! DFLA applauded the US House of Representatives for the passage of HR 2520, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act, in a lopsided 413-0 legislative victory. This vote comes after the Senate passed the same bill on Friday. The bill now goes to President Bush for his signature. The bill provides a medically-proven and life-affirming alternative to embryonic stem cell research.

To read more about this legislation, click here

To see the press release from DFLA regarding this important victory, click here

To see a list of Congressional Representatives that signed a letter encouraging the Senate to act on this bill,click here

All but one member of the House voted to pass the bill. See a list of Democrats who co-sponsored this legislation click here

House passes first component of 95-10 Initiative as part of Department of Justice Appropriations

See more about Rep. Ryan's amendment to protect women and children from domestic abuse click here

House defeats amendment that would allow abortions in military facilities overseas

See list of Democrats who helped defeat this amendment here

Despite pro-life opposition, House approves federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

See list of Democrats who opposed embryonic stem cell research here
read the speeches of pro-life Democrats arguing against passage of HR 810 here

House passes abortion restrictions for minors

Read more here
See list of Democrats who supported this bill here

National Advisory Board

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U. S. Senator Joe Donnelly (IN)
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (WV)
U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (IL)
Nat Hentoff (NY)
The Honorable Chris John (LA)
The Honorable John J. LaFalce (NY)
The Honorable Charlie Stenholm (TX)
The Honorable Bart Stupak (MI)
The Honorable James Zogby (DC)

DFLA Mission Statement

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...