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Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse John Bel Edwards

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DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA PROTECTING. STRENGTHENING. RE-BUILDING.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kristen Day October 28, 2015 (202) 220-3066

Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse John Bel Edwards

WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats For Life has announced its endorsement of John Bel Edwards for Governor of Louisiana. The organization cited Edwards’ strong record and leadership in defending and protecting life at all stages and his successful advocacy on behalf of his constituents. Edwards currently serves as the Chair of the Louisiana House Democratic Caucus and has a notable record from his military career.

“Representative John Bel Edwards has shown by example that he is a consistent and reliable whole-life advocate,” said Kristen Day, executive director of DFLA. “He is a voice for the voiceless. As governor, he will not only protect the unborn but also provide support to new mothers, address income inequality for families, and be a real leader for all the people in Louisiana, not just the wealthy.

In announcing his candidacy, Edwards said Louisiana needs “a healthy dose of common sense and compassion for ordinary people.” Louisiana has the second highest poverty rate in the nation yet the current administration has made budget cuts, including cuts to state hospitals and colleges and universities, that disproportionately affect lower-income Louisianans. Tuition has increased over 80 percent over the past 6 years and almost 20 percent of Louisianans do not have healthcare. Edwards supports Medicaid expansion to allow more Louisianans to have access to comprehensive health care.

“There are still too many people without access to basic healthcare,” said Day. “John Bel Edwards is a proven leader, and we are confident that his ability to lead and his compassion for his fellow Louisianans will strengthen the state and help lift people out of poverty. The number one reason women choose abortion is financial stress. The next governor must address the high poverty rate in the state.”

Edwards has a strong pro-life record in his personal life and as a legislator. He and his wife went against a doctor’s recommendation to abort their child when she was diagnosed with spina bifida. He further has a 100 percent voting record with Louisiana Right to Life.

“Republicans are already trying to tie Representative Edwards to the extreme abortion position promoted by NARAL and Planned Parenthood just because he is a Democrat,” said Day. “But actions and votes speak louder than rhetoric. His actions and record are clear.”

Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Its 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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Defund Planned Parenthood, Not Obamacare

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DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, NOT OBAMACARE

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WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life of America urges the House Republican leadership to remove defunding Obamacare from the reconciliation bill and focus on the art of the possible – defunding Planned Parenthood.

"We fully support reallocating Planned Parenthood's Title X funding to the 13,000 community health centers and rural health care clinics. However, this Republican proposal combining defunding Planned Parenthood with defunding Obamacare will cost votes and defeat the bipartisan effort to prevent federal funds from going to the largest abortion provider in the nation.” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. "We have bipartisan support to defund Planned Parenthood, even under the Reconciliation process. Why alienate your Democrat allies?"

Americans overwhelmingly oppose public funding of abortion. A Reuters Poll found that federal funding for Planned Parenthood dropped 20 points from 54% to 34% after respondents learned more about Planned Parenthood’s’ abortion policies and procedures. Planned Parenthood performs over 330,000 abortions each year and has $1.2 billion budget.

“Planned Parenthood has duped the American public into believing it provides comprehensive healthcare for women,” said Day. “Once people know the truth, that Planned Parenthood will continue to harvest body parts from aborted babies and taxpayer dollars will continue to subsidize the nations largest abortion business, support declines.”

The Reconciliation bill, expected to be voted on this Friday, will temporarily halt funds to the abortion giant, pending the outcome of the investigation into their abortion practices. The bill would then provide an additional $235 million to Community Health Centers. However, the bill would also defund major components of Obamacare, which Pro-life Democrats oppose.

"As supporters of the Affordable Care Act, we would like to see more Americans have access to health care, not fewer, and  the ACA creates real options open for low and moderate women to obtain comprehensive health care. All pro-life members of congress should be vigilant in ensuring that families have access comprehensive health care services," said Day. "Overturning key components of the law without providing an alternative is irresponsible government."

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Press Release, October 22, 2015

TIME FOR A BIGGER TENT

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CONTACT: Kristen Day (202)220-3066
September 25, 2015                                

“We’re losing Middle America, and it’s all going red,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America.  

Since 2008, the party has suffered devastating losses across the board, Ms. Day said. According to the Democratic Victory Strategy report, the party has lost 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, 910 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers, and 11 governorships.
 
While the party has been able to win the White House by winning a few big states that have had enough electoral votes, these are hollow victories that leave the rest of the party in trouble, Ms. Day said.  Pro-life voters being stranded by the party are a big reason for these losses, she said.
 
“Pro-lifer Democrats hold their noses and vote Republican,” she said.
 
Day and other concerned liberals and Democrats are getting together in Washington, D.C. for the Democratic Revival, a gathering to share ideas on how to move the party forward by embracing pro-life members and values.
 
“We’re opening up the big tent,” she said.
 
Day wants to see the party get back to a 50-state strategy that finds the best candidates for a particular region.  That means encouraging and supporting pro-life Democrats, and making a place for them in the party.
 
Winning back pro-lifers does not have to mean the start of another culture war, she said, as the Democratic Party is uniquely positioned to appeal to pro-lifers on a broad range of issues, from abortion to the environment, to healthcare, to strengthening the social safety net for all Americans.
 
"We are also looking toward the future of the party, as more and more Millennials are identifying as pro-life", Day said.
 
The Democratic Revival starts on Monday, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045.
 
A reception follows from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hall of States Building, 444 North Capitol St. NW, Washington, D.C. To register, or for more information, please go todemocratsforlife.org.
 
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VOTE FOR WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN

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September 21, 2015    

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day

(202) 220-3066 

 

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate is set to vote today (Tuesday) on cloture for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, banning abortion after 20-week. Democrats For Life of America is urging a vote to support women and their families in all stages of life.

“We urge all Democrats to support cloture on the 20-week ban protect pre-born children and to allow an important discussion on providing additional support for pregnant women,” said Kristen Day, DFLA’s executive director.

The ban restricts abortions after 20 weeks, while allowing for exceptions for victims of rape or incest, or where the life of the mother is at stake. Day said this measure, if adopted, will effectively end abortion at around the same time doctors consider most infants viable outside the womb.

“A 20-week ban is reasonable. By medical definition, the bill actually prohibits abortion after 22 weeks, which is even closer to the accepted measure of fetal viability, 24 weeks,” she said.  “Today, certain hospitals are doing everything they can to save 22-week-old pre-born infants. At the same time, abortion clinics are taking the lives of clearly viable pre-born infants.”

Stopping abortion isn’t enough, though, and DFLA stands with other pro-life Democrats in calling for real help for women. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr., D-Pennsylvania, introduced an important amendment to the ban that would increase funding for the Pregnancy Assistance Fund. Casey’s amendment would provide an additional $350 million in support for this program in the coming years.

“As a pro-life Democrat, I believe the role of government is to protect, enrich and value all life for every person at every moment from beginning to end,” he said.

Casey’s amendment would fund a program that devotes resources to support pregnant and parenting teens and young women. It’s a step in the right direction, according to Day, but more can and should be done.

“Senator Casey’s Amendment is a great start, but we should also discuss paid medical leave and other supportive measures to help women choose life instead of abortion,” she said.

DFLA is strongly behind expanded family leave, allowing women real choices when it comes to the most important issues in their lives. Democrats For Life of America joins Casey in calling for greater help for women and their families.

“Life extends beyond the womb, and we owe pregnant women and their children the support they need to live full, productive lives,” Casey said.

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GIVE WOMEN REAL CHOICE - CUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S FUNDING

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September 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — With Congressional Republicans starting to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for the deplorable practice of selling body parts from butchered babies, Democrats For Life of America wants to see real solutions to end abortion.
 
Today’s start of the House Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation's Largest Abortion Provider” puts Planned Parenthood in the spotlight for its deceptive and horrific practice of selling the body parts of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood turned their corpses into “revenue” while cloaking their actions in the language of choice. Even as the hearings start, Planned Parenthood tries to deflect.
 
Planned Parenthood Vice President Dawn Laguens told USA Today, "From the provocative title to the slate of life-long anti-abortion activists invited to testify, it’s clear this hearing was not about Planned Parenthood --- it was a chance for anti-abortion extremists and members of Congress to promote their political agenda of banning abortion in this country."
 
Only an abortion extremist would demand that the taxpayers give money to Planned Parenthood, which is a $1.2 billion business, making money off of women and their aborted babies.
 
“Cutting their funding will not hurt women’s health because there are many alternative comprehensive health care clinics,” said Kristen Day, executive director for DFLA.
 
There are more than 13,000 health care clinics that provide comprehensive health care for women and families—vastly surpassing Planned Parenthood’s 650 clinics. In each of 31 states, there are ten or fewer Planned Parenthood clinics. Planned Parenthood doesn’t even provide anything close to comprehensive care for women. Planned Parenthood serves between 1 percent and 2 percent of American women, mostly offering STD tests and contraception.
 
“Fewer women are going to Planned Parenthood because more women have health insurance and choose alternatives that provide full health care services,” Day said.
 
Planned Parenthood has been caught on video engaging in the sale of human body parts. Planned Parenthood does not provide real health care to women. Why are they getting any money from the taxpayers?
 
It’s time to stop funding Planned Parenthood and start giving women real healthcare. Put the money Planned Parenthood was going to get, and give it to the Community Health Centers that offer women real care, and real choices.

 

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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...