by J. P. Richardson
I had a lot of time to reflect during those 4 ½ hours.
I contemplated the wonderful years with my husband and children and their support for my work with the pro-life movement. I also thought of the thousands of children who have been saved from abortion through the good work of pro-life people who provide support and love to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Heartbeat International saves 3000 babies a week by referring women to places that support them during their pregnancy and beyond. CareNet saved 388,691 babies from abortion in the past 6 years and provided support and education to over 700,000 parents.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day
September 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats For Life is proud to announce its endorsement of the following Democrats running for re-election, citing their consistent effort to defend and protect life at all stages:
Michael Rush (Norfolk and Suffolk), Thomas Kennedy (2nd Plymouth and Bristol) and Richard Moore (Worcester and Norfolk)
House of Representatives
Alan Silvia (7th Bristol), Marcos Devers (16th Essex), Brian Michael Ashe (2nd Hampden), John Velis (4th Hampden), Thomas Petrolati (7th Hampden), Angelo Puppolo (12th Hampden), James Arciero (2nd Middlesex), Thomas A. Golden (16th Middlesex), David Nangle (17th Middlesex), James R. Miceli (19th Middlesex),Timothy Toomey (26th Middlesex), James Dwyer (30th Middlesex), Paul Donato (35th Middlesex), Collen Garry (36th Middlesex), Bruce Ayers (1st Norfolk), Walter F. Timilty (7th Norfolk), John H. Rogers (12th Norfolk), Thomas J. Calter (12th Plymouth), Nick Collins (4th Suffolk), Russell E. Holmes (6th Suffolk), Edward Coppinger (10th Suffolk), Angelo Scaccia (14th Suffolk), Stephen Dinatale (3rd Worcester), Dennis Rosa (4th Worcester), and Mark Dowgiewicz (18 Worcester)
Secretary of the Commonwealth
William F. Galvin
Marilyn Pettio Devaney
Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. DFLA’s 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.
“As a pro-life Democratic resident of Massachusetts, it is exciting to see these candidates receive this important endorsement” said Jack Cahalan, spokesman for the DFL chapter in Massachusetts. “I am proud of them for their advocacy for the whole life position. We know we can count on them to stand up for the unborn and all those who need assistance in our great state.”
The Massachusetts chapter of Democrats for Life has been recently reorganized. It is committed to building a strong pro-life advocacy group within the state and supporting pro-life Democratic elected officials.
Thank you for your commitment to protect and support life at all stages. Our Party is stronger with diverse voices and Members, like you, who are willing to stand up for their convictions.As you know, the Senate recently failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on S. 2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act. We wanted to share our concerns with you should this issue come before the Senate again.
First and most important, this bill is unnecessary. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) already adopted a measure for religious non-profits that object to contraception coverage, whereby the insurer provides coverage directly to the employee, without co-pays, with no employer involvement. That regulation can easily accommodate for-profit close corporations, like Hobby Lobby, whose owners have a conflict of religious conscience in paying for drugs or devices that could cause abortion. As Justice Kennedy put it in his crucial opinion in the case, “[this] accommodation equally furthers the Government’s interest [in ensuring employees free contraception coverage] but does not impinge on the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs.” Pro-life Democrats should vigorously support this accommodation, which is both reasonable and sensible for women and for conscience rights. Under it, women receive full and free coverage and employers’ consciences are protected—a win-win solution that pro-life Democrats should support.
Second, the principles behind S. 2578 have extremely troubling implications—including laying the groundwork for requiring employers to cover and fund procedures that everyone agrees are abortions. The bill’s rationale is that requiring a for-profit business to cover a health procedure in insurance is too distant a connection to be a burden on its owners’ conscience, and that refusing coverage improperly "imposes" on employees. That same logic would allow a requirement that employers cover and fund second-trimester abortions. The issue is not hypothetical. Using the above logic, the Washington State House passed a bill, the Reproductive Parity Act, to require all insurers who cover maternity care to also cover abortion. The bill did not pass the Washington State Senate, but laying this groundwork is an important goal for those who support abortion and public funding of abortion.
Conscience rights have long been protected through legislative actions and judicial rulings. The Supreme Court’s narrow ruling would affect only a small number of corporations, who, like Hobby Lobby are “closely held “corporations – owned by five or fewer people – and hold “sincere religious beliefs.” Especially given the established accommodation bypassing the employer, S. 2578 is unnecessary to solve the problem, and it would create precedent that should greatly concern pro-life Democrats.
Like you, we support affordable and accessible health care for all. S. 2578 does not address affordability or accessibility for the over 40 million Americans who do not have and cannot afford health insurance.
We hope you will consider our concerns and oppose this legislation—and support using the existing accommodation—should the Senate decide to bring this issue up again.