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Pro-Life Democrats Oppose the Death Penalty

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As pro-life Democrats, we believe that every person has worth and dignity and that every life has value.  This is true not just of the innocent child in the womb, but even of those who have committed unspeakable crimes.  The sanctity of human life is something that cannot be forfeited.

Democrats for Life of America is shaped by this consistent commitment to life—an approach we like to call whole life—and we believe that this consistency is vital to ending the culture of violence that permeates our society and to building a culture of life.

Of course, there is no consensus among pro-life Democrats when it comes to the death penalty and how we, as a society, should respond to brutal crimes and assaults on human dignity and life. For those who are pro-life, defending the life of an unborn child is quite obviously necessary, as the child is innocent and defenseless.  But what about those who are not innocent and whose acts of violence have violated the sanctity of life?

Most of us who are whole life have come to believe that the death penalty is not the right response.  Taking a human life to show the value of human life seems unlikely to work, and the reality is that we know that it does not work:  The death penalty is no more effective as a deterrent than life in prison without the possibility of parole.  To take a life needlessly cannot be reconciled with our consistent commitment to life.

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No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

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H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, Passes House

H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, passed the House on January 28, 2014, by a vote of 227 - 188.

The bill is nearly identical to language that has passed both the House and Senate dozens of times and has been supported by both pro-choice and pro-life legislators on both sides of the aisle. H.R. 7 would prohibit federal funding of abortion except for the cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother. H.R. 7 does not prohibit abortion nor does it prohibit health insurance plans from covering abortion. It simply clarifies that no federal funds will be used to pay for abortion.

We appreciate and thank the following Democratic Representatives for their vote: Reps. Cuellar, Lipinski, Matheson, McIntyre, Peterson and Rahall.

DFLA Press Release on H.R. 7

Measure Steers Women to Clinics

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Pro-life Democrats enthusiastically greeted the many progressive components in the Women's Equality Act described by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, in areas such as family status discrimination, workplace sexual harassment and human trafficking. We were dismayed, however, at his inclusion of extremist measures that would promote abortion while repealing some existing protections for pregnant women.

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...