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More Media Attention for DFLA!

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Democrats For Life of America
July, 2016
   
 
Dear Friend,
 
We are overwhelmed and excited about the number of people who have reached out and joined us in our effort to promote a consistent ethic of protecting all life.  Since the convention, we have been really busy trying to respond to all the requests and interest in getting involved. Please be patient if you contacted us; we will respond to every request!
 
In the meantime, we wanted to share some of the additional press we received during and after the Democratic National Convention.
 
Some of the articles do a great job highlighting the need for more Pro-Life Democrats. Others rightly point out the very difficult, uphill battle we’re facing.
 
As we’ve said before, we have a lot to be optimistic about. But, we have to remain strong, we have to remain consistent, and we have to keep fighting. Our numbers are growing, and we’re receiving more and more requests for information on the website. Our message resonates with the American people. Don’t let anyone tell you that our efforts are worthless.
 
Press:
 
Finally, we existed due to the generosity of our donors. If you would consider a $5, $10 or $50 donation, we would greatly appreciate your support. Click here to make a contribution.
 
Sincerely,
Kristen Day
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
Thank you for your suppport!
 
 
 
 
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Please visit our website at www.democratsforlife.org.
Donate to our Open the Big Tent Initiative here

Open The Big Tent Report

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Yesterday in Philadelphia, Democrats for Life of America released its anticipated report titled "Open The Big Tent". The report outlined how to make room for Pro-Life Democrats& achieving party goals nationwide. Since President Obama first won office in 2008 Democrats have lost 912 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers, 11 governorships, 69 U.S. House seats and 13 U.S. Senate seats. Republicans now control 66 of 99 state legislative chambers. The Democratic Party finds itself at a crossroads. Below is our report on how we can turn this around, by having the national party embracing pro-life Democrats from all accross the nation so we do not remain just the party of the northesast and west coast.

http://democratsforlife.org/images/2016_pictures/DFLAReport.pdf

 

 

Pro-Life Dems Honor Gov. Edwards in Philadelphia

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Democrats For Life of America
July, 2016
   
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
July 27, 2016
Contact: Kristen Day (703-424-6663)
 
Pro-Life Democrats Honor
Pro-Life Governor
Report Released on Making Room for Pro-Life Democrats
 
Washington, D.C. – Democrats For Life of America released its report, “Make Room for Pro-Life Democrats and the Party Wins” and honored Governor John Bel Edwards with the Governor Casey Whole Life Leadership Award during a special reception at the Democratic National Convention today.
 
The future of the Democratic Party is at stake,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America.  “and John Bel Edwards shows that Democrats can gain victories in red states like Louisiana, if the party is willing to reverse course, listen to the voters, and support pro-life candidates.”
 
One-third of Democrats are already pro-life, and most Americans in the middle support pro-life policies like the ban on federal funding for abortion. Nonetheless, the Democratic Party keeps rejecting its pro-life base in favor of extremist positions, further alienating Americans and risking the future of the country. Since 2008, when it abandoned the campaign strategy that allowed for supporting pro-life candidates, the Democratic Party has lost 912 state legislative seats and the control of 30 state legislative chambers, 69 US House seats, 13 US Senate seats, and 13 governorships.
 
“We can turn this around by promoting a Whole Life platform that respects people on all sides of the abortion question and makes room for pro-life voters to engage with the party,” said Day. “If we follow the lead of Governor Casey, and now Governor Edwards, to embrace a whole life policy, we can turn the red back to blue.”
 
Edwards won in Louisiana in large part because he is pro-life. Democrats can take victories from Republicans by embracing whole life ideals and the voters who support that vision. Instead, they have been on the wrong path since they prevented Gov. Robert Casey from speaking at the 1992 national convention because he was a staunch pro-life leader who wasn’t afraid to buck his party in order to stand for his principles. 
 
“The presidential race is tight, but the GOP is losing support,” said Day. “Now is the time for the Democratic Party to reach out and invite in a diversity of voters, not shut the door on a third of its supporters.”
 
 
 
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Report from Philadelphia

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Democrats For Life of America
July, 2016
   
 
Dear Friend,
 
There’s a lot for pro-life Democrats to be excited about. Even before the official convention began, Democrats for Life gained exposure, and we are growing everyday!
 
We are receiving some great support here in Phidadelphia and spreading the word about our whole life position.
 
Check out some of our recent appearances in the media!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristen
Kristen Day
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
Thank you for your suppport!
   
 
 
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Please visit our website at www.democratsforlife.org.
Donate to our Open the Big Tent Initiative here.

How the Democratic platform betrays millions of the party faithful

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(As appeared in the Los Angeles Times on 07/25/16)

The abortion plank in the 2016 Democratic platform effectively marginalizes the voices of 21 million pro-life Democrats. It means the party that is supposedly on the side of justice for the vulnerable no longer welcomes those of us who #ChooseBoth; that is, those of us who want the government to protect and support prenatal children and their mothers.

Most significantly, the platform calls for the repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments, which prevent taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions. This would force those who object to abortion to contribute to what we believe would be government-funded killing, and it would eradicate policies that have already saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

U.S. abortion law ... makes many progressive countries in Europe (which set their threshold for abortion at 12 to 13 weeks) look like pro-life radicals.

Platforms are sometimes ignored, but they are hard-fought outlines of each party's character and often signal a party’s future trajectory. The 2016 Democratic platform is a flat-out betrayal of millions of Democrats, undoing policies that have kept us in the party working toward common progressive goals on a host of other issues.

Here are three other ways the 2016 platform betrays Democrats like us:

 
  • It calls for repeal of all “federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion.” Support for abortion rights in this platform is deemed “unequivocal.”
  • The platform asserts that “reproductive health” — which includes access to “safe and legal abortion” — is “core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing.”
  • A commitment to religious liberty in the context of abortion, which was included in the 2012 platform, has been removed.

U.S. abortion law (which permits abortion for any reason until viability, about 22 to 23 weeks) already makes many progressive countries in Europe (which set their threshold for abortion at 12 to 13 weeks) look like pro-life radicals. Now the Democratic platform pushes the party to roll back even the very modest abortion regulations currently on the books.

And removing even a nod toward “religious liberty” from the platform puts Democrats at fundamental odds with the many religious organizations whose mission is nonviolence and protection of the most vulnerable.

In the 2008 presidential primary campaign, candidate Hillary Clinton said abortion should be safe, legal and rare. “And by rare,” Clinton emphasized, “I mean rare.” Yet her 2016 platform team has approved provisions that make access to abortion crucial to the well-being of every single person on the planet.

The Democratic Party's abortion stances have already caused many to leave the party, and many more will drop out because of the platform wording. The percentage of extreme abortion rights advocates is increasing in the party, but only because the total number of Democrats has shrunk to its lowest level since the Hoover administration.

Abortion is also among the reasons Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives. In the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, for example, Democrats held the majority of seats until Republicans were able to associate the Affordable Care Act with “the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.” (In some states, Obamacare covers abortion; no states can use federal subsidies or tax credits to pay for the procedure.) 

Former Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) filed a lawsuit against the Susan B. Anthony List, which, working with the Republican Party, had falsely accused him of supporting taxpayer funding of abortion because he supported Obamacare. Driehaus charged that being associated with abortion in this way led directly to his defeat.

He wasn't alone: Sixty-four Democrats voted for the antiabortion Stupak amendment to the Affordable Care Act; 88% of those seats went to Republicans after Democrats were tied to the assertion that Obamacare funded abortion. Former Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, who lost his bid for reelection, noted that antiabortion voters didn’t stop sending people to Congress: “They just stopped sending Democrats.”

To beat Donald Trump, the Democratic Party needs to carry swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, where radical support for abortion rights has been proven to drive away voters. The party also has been working hard to turn traditionally red states like Texas blue or at least purple, and abortion-rights extremism won't help that cause either.

Finally, Democrats depend on the votes of young people and women, and both groups (especially young women) are far more antiabortion than is generally known. For instance, clear majorities of women — and of young people — favor a 20-week limit on abortion.

“As a feminist and a mother, I find it troubling that the Democrats have such extreme views in support of abortion,” said Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent, an assistant professor at Marquette University. “I'd never support Trump, but if the Democrats had a more moderate position on abortion it would be easier to support Clinton. I just can't support the violence of abortion.”

The future of the Democratic Party depends on its diversity, its ability to remain inclusive. The 2016 platform language on abortion torpedoes those goals. When Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia heard about the platform's call to repeal the Hyde amendment he had a succinct response: “That’s crazy.” We couldn’t say it any better.

Kristen Day is executive director of Democrats for Life and Charles Camosy is an associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University.

 

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