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Democratic Governor Responsible for Republican Takeover of Legislature

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day

(202) 220-3066 
September 16, 2014

Veto of Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortion Bill Hurts Democrats

WASHINGTON, DC – As predicted by Democrats for Life of America, West Virginia Republicans claimed both the state Senate and the House of Delegates for the first time decades as a result of a Republican “guilt by association” campaign that blamed the Democratic Party for  the failure of the Pain-Capable Child Protection Act.

Democrats For Life cautioned Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on May 16, 2014, that his veto of the Pain-Capable Child Protection Act (HB 4588) would deliver the legislature to Republicans and requested an upcoming special session that included the bill for reconsideration.

 “When Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the pro-life bill, he chose to ignore the legislative process and played a part in a disastrous national democratic strategy to promote abortion,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life.  

Governor Tomblin vetoed the Pain-Capable Child Protection Act (HB 4588) after the session had ended denying the legislature the opportunity to override his veto.At the time of his veto, democrats controlled both the House of Delegates and the Senate. The legislation was proposed and supported by Democrats. Not a single Republican cosponsored the House bill. Nineteen of the twenty-nine votes in the Senate were Democratic. A majority of Delegates supported the bill.

Pro-Life Democrats to Democratic Leadership: You Cannot Win When you Alienate 21 Million People in your Base

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day

(202) 220-3066 

November 5, 2014

 

Democratic Loss Highlights Need for Pro-Life Leadership in Democratic Party

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life of America is urging the Democratic National Committee, once again, to relax its pro-abortion position and open its doors to welcome and support pro-life Democrats. In addition to election results, Democrats For Life of America points to polls that consistently show that Democratic Party insiders are out of touch with the rank-and-file Democratic voter across America. 

 

“The National Democrat message to support abortion destroys Democratic candidates in pro-life states and districts by pushing pro-life democrats out of the party,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life. “A large majority of Democrats support reasonable restrictions on abortion. We are alienating a whole new generation of pro-life Democrats.”

 

 

Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse West Virginia Democrats

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day

(202) 220-3066 
September 16, 2014

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life is proud to announce its endorsement of the following West Virginia pro-life legislators for their strong record in support of the Pain-Capable Child Protection Act (HB 4588) and their leadership to overturn the Governor’s veto:

  • Senator Bob Beach
  • Senator Donald Cookman
  • Senator Mike Green
  • Senaotr Roman Prezioso
  • Delegate Josh Barker
  • Delegate Denise Campbell
  • Delegate Jeff Eldridge
  • Delegate Dana Lyunch
  • Delegate Rick Moye
  • Senator Rocky Fitzsimmons
  • Senator Daniel Hall
  • Senator Larry Edgell
  • Delegate David Perry
  • Delegate Rupert Phillips
  • Delegate Peggy Smith
  • Delegate David Walker

“When Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the pro-life bill, that had overwhelming support in both the Senate and House of Delegates, these members refused to give up and demanded an opportunity for a veto override,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA. “Partisan politics has no place in protecting the sanctity of life. These members recognize it, believe it and always put the protection of life first and foremost.”

GAO Report on Coverage Abortion in Obamacare

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day

(202) 220-3066 
September 16, 2014

Statement by Kristen Day

Executive Director, Democrats For Life of America

“In some ways, this report brings good news, including the fact that a majority of states decided not to include unlimited abortion coverage. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), five states restricted abortion coverage in insurance. A majority of health insurance companies and organizations, including the Republican National Committee, covered abortion. The debate on the ACA bought awareness to the number of plans covering abortion and increased demand and awareness of non-abortion covering plans.

Today, twenty-five states prohibit abortion coverage. Twenty-one states only allow coverage for abortion in limited circumstances. The remaining five, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont and Hawaii allow and offer only plans that cover all abortion services. They will have to offer one non-abortion plan in 2017, but the fact that do not offer one now is deeply troubling.

However, there are other areas of concern, including the accounting and segregation of funds as required under Section 1301 of the ACA that were neither asked nor answered in this report. Each insurance carrier is required to submit details about its “process and methodology for meeting requirements” under this section to ensure that abortion funds are collected and remain segregated from other funds. Additionally, the law requires the state health insurance commission to have a plan in place to ensure that the practices are being followed.

The law also required that the insured be notified about the additional abortion fee and that a separate check be collected for the abortion funding. We do know from the report that there has been a violation in that plans are charging below the minimum fee for coverage of non-excepted abortion services.  We also note that several plans are not itemizing nor informing the insured of the abortion surcharge.

We strongly urge the Administration to notify conduct further guidance and outreach to ensure compliance with the law. We also would request a further review whether federal funds are being used for abortion services. The issue of segregation of funds, notice of abortion coverage to the insured and the minimum fee were key aspects of the law which insurers clearly need to bring into compliance.”

DFLA Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Women

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For Immediate Release

September 12, 2014

Contact: Kristen Day: 202-220-3066

 

Washington, DC – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) has joined 22 other pro-life organizations in filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case to support accommodations for pregnant women in the workforce when employers accommodate other employees similar in their ability or inability to work. The case involves a pregnant woman, Paula Young, who requested a temporary accommodation by her employer, United Postal Service (UPS), but was denied even though UPS policy accommodated several similar categories of employees. Young was forced to take an unpaid leave of absence, losing her economic security and her employee health benefits for several months.

 

“We know that economic pressure is a significant factor in a woman’s decision to choose abortion over childbirth,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “The misinterpretation of this statute by the Court of Appeals could put a woman in the untenable position of having to choose between her economic security and the welfare of herself and her child.” 

 

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