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Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse West Virginia Democrats

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             
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.” 

 

Pro-life Democrats Announce Meeting in Boston

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For Immediate Release

August 15, 2014

Contact: Kristen Day: 202-220-3066

 

 

WASHINGTION, DC – Democrats for Life of America—a national, non-profit group committed to fostering respect for life, from the beginning of life to natural death—announced today that it will host an East Coast Summit on September 27, 2014, to support its mission of protecting life and strengthening the “big tent” of the Democratic party.

 

“Our organization is holding this meeting to re-energize, re-ignite, and re-enforce our commitment to protecting life and to our inclusion in the big tent,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “There are 21 million pro-life Democrats in this country, and still, many are made to feel they cannot be Democrats because of their pro-life position.”

Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse Congressman Nick Rahall

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For Immediate Release

August 15, 2014

Contact: Kristen Day: 202-220-3066

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats For Life is proud to announce its endorsement of Nick Rahall for the3rd Congressional District of West Virginia.  The organization cited Rahall’s strong record, his leadership in defending and protecting life at all stages, and his successful advocacy on behalf of his constituents.

 

“Congressman Rahall has been a consistent and reliable pro-life vote. His voice for the voiceless is needed in Washington and within the Democratic Party,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA. “He shares our commitment to reduce abortion by providing more support and options for pregnant women and supporting working families in caring for their children. He is a true whole-life Democrat.”

 

In its endorsement of Rahall, DFLA cited his whole-life perspective that encompasses protecting life from conception to natural death. DFLA also cited his commitment to do what is right for his district and for the unborn.

 

“Congressman Rahall knows and fully represents the people of his district,” said Day. “We need unwavering voices within the Democratic Party to advocate for the pro-life position. Congressman Rahall has proven that he will withstand party pressure and make tough votes. We know we can count on him to stand up for the unborn and all those who need assistance.”

 

Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Their primary mission has been to elect pro-life Democrats, support pro-life elected officials, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform, and achieve legislation that fosters respect for human life.

 

Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life, an international network for peace, justice, and life.

 

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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...