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Steps the DNC Can Take to Include Pro-Life Democrats

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OPPORTUNITIES TO INCLUDE PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS AND REINVIGORATE THE PARTY:

STEPS THE DNC CAN TAKE TO INCLUDE PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS

Clear Statement from the Party Chair with Inclusive Language for Pro-Life Democrats

We request a clear statement from our party chair that eliminates the current litmus test on abortion. Saying we are a big tent party that includes pro-life Democrats does not do enough to ensure that this practice will be followed. Pro-life Democratic candidates should be free to advocate and vote their conscience without pressure from party leadership.  Therefore, we request a public statement on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) website and a letter from the national chair to all state and local party chairs explaining that the party does not support an abortion litmus test and pressuring people to change their position on life.

Return to the 50-State Strategy

When Democrats followed the 50-state strategy, as recently as 2006 and 2008, we won. It means seeking out and supporting competitive Democratic candidates throughout the country, at all levels of government. As documented in our “Open The Big Tent” report, the losses for Democrats since the beginning of the Obama administration have been staggering. Our party is in its weakest state since 1928. Currently, one-third of all Democratic members of Congress are located in THREE states: California, Massachusetts, and New York. We cannot simply be the party of the West Coast and the Northeast. We need to open up and support Democratic Party candidates who represent all of America.

Allow a Pro-Life Democratic Community 

The DNC brings many communities together so that like-minded individuals have an opportunity to work toward common goals. A listing for the pro-life Democratic community on the website would portray that we are an inclusive and diverse party. Consultants need to be told by the party that they serve the candidate, not the party.

Identify Pro-Life Democratic Voters and Pro-Life-Leaning Districts

Establish a process to identify pro-life Democrats in the DNC database for appropriate messaging and fundraising. Current Democratic polling gives an inaccurate picture of the community’s values on abortion. Polling usually asks only if you support overturning Roe v. Wade, to which many pro-life people would answer, “No.”  Pollsters need to ask specific questions that provide a clear understanding of the values of the district and that allow the Democratic candidate to create a position and message that resonates in that district. Such questions include support for reasonable regulations of abortion, for barring taxpayer funding of non-therapeutic abortions, for abortion-reducing safety-net measures to support women and children, and for restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks of gestation.

Enable Consulting for Pro-Life Democrats

Pro-life Democrats often have trouble finding political consultants who understand pro-life districts. Currently, consultants frequently caution candidates to either minimize or change their position even in districts that are consistently won by pro-life candidates.

Enable Financial Support for Pro-Life Democrats

We request the establishment of a Democratic Pro-Life Political Action Committee to be used specifically to support pro-life Democratic candidates.

Discuss Inclusive Abortion Language in the 2020 Democratic Party Platform

The 2020 party platform language on abortion must be inclusive of Democrats who oppose abortion; at the very least, it must remove the language opposing the Hyde Amendment. As a party, we should prioritize decreasing abortion and making it rare, as Bill Clinton expressed in his campaign. This is something on which everyone can agree. 

#openthebigtent

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Dear Pro-life Friend,

Imagine if your computer worked only two days of every three, or that your car started two mornings and then took a “day off” for the third day.  Imagine a PowerPoint presentation where every third slide was missing. . .

This is the condition of the Democratic Party in the United States.

The Democratic Party is EXCLUDING the one in three Democrats in our country who are Pro-Life. This practice alienates 21 million Democrats from the party we support. Consequently in the last three election cycles, the Democratic Party has:

  • LOST  69  House of Representative seats;
  • LOST  13 Senate seats;
  • LOST  912 State Legislature seats;
  • LOST  30 State legislative chambers; and
  • LOST  12 Governorships.

We're losing Middle America, and it's all going red

Republican legislators too often claim to be pro-life but continue to vote AGAINST legislation vital to the support of pregnant women and families including voting down the Violence Against Women Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (equal pay for equal work),  and the Affordable Care Act .

Currently, we have fewer Democrats in elected office than at any time since the Hoover Administration.

This Must Change.

We start here and now.

We need your financial support today.

Here is how we will begin:

  • BIG TENT advertising campaign including billboards. We want to erect as many billboards as we can at a cost of $5000 each.  Our Message: 1 in 3 Democrats is Pro-Life. Open the Big Tent!
  •  ID pro-life Democrats in key districts. With time, effort, and some funding, we can identify our pro-life Democratic friends and colleagues. There are 21 million of us! Help us find them!
  • Outreach via phone or mail to the newly identified pro-life Democrats to encourage our pro-life friends to work with us to change the party.

We have already made great progress. Just this fall, we endorsed John Bel Edwards — a whole life Democrat — who won  the Governor’s Office in a historically RED state:  Louisiana! 

You can help us achieve more by supporting the Open the Big Tent Initiative!    

We have a goal of $100,000 for this 12-month campaign.**

Winning back pro-lifers does not mean the start of a culture war — our 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 MUST support courageous pro-life Democratic officials in state offices around the country as well as in Congress. I hope you will join me in this critical year for Pro-Life Democrats.

Sincerely,

 
Janet Robert
Board President  

Democrats for Life of America

**Imagine: if every pro-life Democrat in the US contributed just a dollar to this important work, we’d have $21 million to advance pro-life initiatives in the Democratic Party.

Join the Movement to Open the Big Tent

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Proposed Platform Language to Unites Democrats Around Historic Democratic Principles

"We respect the conscience of each American and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion and the death penalty.  We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength, and we welcome into our ranks all Americans who may hold differing positions on these and other issues.

However, we can find common ground.  We believe that we can reduce the number of abortions because we are united in our support for policies that assist families who find themselves in crisis or unplanned pregnancies.  We believe that women deserve to have a breadth of options available as they face pregnancy – including, among others, support and resources needed to handle the challenges of pregnancy, adoption, and parenthood; access to education, healthcare, and childcare; and appropriate child support.  We envision a new day without financial or societal barriers to bringing a planned or unplanned pregnancy to term."

 


Not all Democrats agree that abortion should be legal in all circumstances, yet the National Democratic Platform and Platforms in a majority of states represent only one position. We support language that represents all Democrats. How can you help?

1.) Contact your local Party and tell them you support the language listed below.

2.) Ask 10 friends to contact their local Party.

3.) Make a contribution to DFLA so we can continue to promote Big Tent language.

 

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...