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Press Release - 100 Faith Leaders Call for Democratic Party Platform Reforms Regarding Abortion

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100 Faith Leaders Call for Democratic Party Platform Reforms Regarding Abortion 

Christian Pastors and Professors Urge Joe Biden, Democrats To Make Platform 

More Welcoming To Pro-Life and Moderate Voters

 

WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2020 - A diverse coalition of religious leaders, clergy, and theologians today sent a letter calling on the Democratic Party to moderate its platform’s position on abortion. Specifically, the religious leaders urge the Party Platform Committee to remove extreme abortion policies, which will make it more inclusive towards pro-life voters and moderate voters of faith. Click here to read the letter.

In particular, the group condemns the 2016 platform’s support for taxpayer-funded abortion, a policy opposed by 60% of voters. Also, the 2016 platform policy on the repeal of the Hyde Amendment made it the most radically pro-abortion platform in history. Unlike previous Democratic Party platforms, it included no language on diversity of conscience around abortion or language committing to making abortion rare.

The DNC’s Platform Drafting Committee will shortly release a proposed 2020 Platform, which will be formally approved at the DNC Convention in Milwaukee, held from August 17 to August 20. It may include, for the first time ever, a commitment to codifying Roe v. Wade, as recommended by the Biden-Sanders Unity Taskforce.

The Joe Biden campaign recently announced its outreach to religious voters, and the campaign hired a new leader to run its “Believers for Biden” outreach. Voters of faith, however, are overwhelmingly opposed to policies like late-term abortion, which Joe Biden has not explicitly denounced. 78% of voters who say religion is “very important” to them support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. In addition, this letter from faith leaders comes just days after Planned Parenthood of Greater New York disavowed its founder Margaret Sanger over her racist legacy.

“This letter demonstrates the strength of opposition to Joe Biden’s beliefs about abortion, especially from Democratic voters of color and religious voters,” said Executive Director of DFLA, Kristen Day, said. “The Democratic Party should seek to include these voters, rather than pushing them into the arms of the Republican Party. An extreme approach to abortion is playing right into the hands of Donald Trump’s destructive agenda. We call on the Democratic Party to moderate its platform and show a real sign of openness to pro-life voters.”

The coalition includes more than 100 religious leaders, including major figures with distinguished records in social justice work and civil rights:

  • Sr. Anita Louise Lowe, OSB: Sr. Lowe, as Prioress, leads one of the largest communities of Benedictine women in the US. The ministries of her community include working with immigrants, the addicted, and the homeless.
  • Minister John DeBerry, Central Church of Christ: Mr. DeBerry serves in the Tennessee State Legislature, as a Democrat, and also pastors Central Church of Christ in Memphis, TN.
  • Bishop Talbert W. Swan II: Bishop Swan is Assistant General Secretary at the Church of God in Christ, the nation’s largest African American denomination. He is President of the Greater Springfield NAACP and has been heavily involved in criminal justice reform efforts.
  • Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero: Rev. Salguero is President of the National Latino Evangelical Association, and has fought President Trump on protecting DACA recipients. He was a member of Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
  • Pastor Rich Nathan: Pastor Nathan leads Vineyard Columbus, an Ohio megachurch; in his ministry, he has been a forceful voice for immigration reform.
  • Bishop John Stowe: As Episcopal President of Pax Christi USA, Bishop Stowe is one of the most prominent advocates of social justice and inclusivity in the American Catholic Church.
  • Sr. Norma Pimentel: As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sr. Pimentel has led the response to the border crisis. A Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus, she has been recognized by Pope Francis for her work.
  • Shane Claiborne: A leading figure in the New Monasticism movement, Claiborne is one of America’s most prominent voices for progressive Christianity.

About Democrats for Life

DFLA is the leading voice for the one in three Democrats who identify as pro-life. DFLA promotes a Pro-Life for the Whole Life philosophy and works to end violence against human life in all its forms without discrimination. Its Executive Director, Kristen Day, previously served as Chief of Staff to pro-life Michigan Democrat Jim Barcia. 

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Virtual Town Hall on Black Lives Matter

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Minister Jovan Johnson

Minister Jovan Johnson was Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Jovan fell in love with music at a very young age. He became a drummer at the tender age of 4 at Emmanuel baptist church where his best friend at that time was his grandfather the late great pastor Henry Johnson was his pastor. It was there when Jovan not only realized he could sing. At the age of 6, he was leading more songs than any adult in the choir. He started his music career at the age of 13.In this midst of all this talent,  when he was a senior in high school, his then girlfriend had an abortion.  He remembers looking at his daughter’s hand on the ultrasound realizing that he would never have an opportunity to hold her.  This led to . Jovan making the transition from singing R & B music to gospel later on in his career. God has sent him around the world and back singing songs that Jovan feels God has downloaded in his spirit. He is also an actor with over 30 stage plays, 4 independent films and 2 tv shows on ABC and FOX. His favorite slogan is. I LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX BECAUSE WHEN I DIE, I KNOW THEY WILL PUT ME IN ONE. Jovan has devoted his life to serving the Lord and uplifting others. 

 

Charmaine Davis,  Town Hall Facilitator

Charmaine Davis is an experienced policy strategist, facilitator and organizer. Charmaine began her career as a political organizer for the national organization Project Vote. While working for Project Vote she built the membership of their Flint, MI chapter to over 2,500 people. Project Vote named Charmaine Davis Political Organizer of the Year.

Charmaine went on to  move to Atlanta, GA to become the State Director for the Georgia chapter of 9to5, The National Association of Working Women. As State Director, Charmaine led all chapter organizing, legislative work and membership-building activities. In her role with 9to5 she worked with Georgia state legislators to draft the Family Care Act, a bill to expand job protected leave to Georgia workers. She successfully led lobbying efforts that resulted in the Family Care Act being signed into law by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. 

While serving as the State Director for 9to5 Charmaine launched Atlanta’s “Ban the Box” campaign. Ban the Box is a campaign to reduce employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated by removing questions from employment applications inquiring about an individual’s criminal record. In response to Charmaine’s organizing efforts, the city of Atlanta made history by becoming the first city in Georgia to remove all questions regarding an applicant’s criminal background from city employment applications. This policy change has expanded employment opportunities to thousands of people across the state of Georgia.

Charmaine is a published author, her articles have been featured in Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, CNN and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

Charmaine has received various forms of recognition and awards for her advocacy, policy and organizing work including being inducted into the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Academy, being named one of Georgia’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars by Georgia Trend Magazine and being named one of Marquis Who's Who in America in 2019.

Charmaine Davis is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a BA in both Political Science and African and African American Studies.

Britanyi Anthony

   Britanyi Anthony, a North Carolina Tar Heel native who moved to Atlanta in 2006 to attend Georgia State University. Becoming an Ob/Gyn was her dream since 8th grade, but by her 2nd year at GSU, Britanyi  was set on working for Planned Parenthood after graduation.  Praise God He had other plans!  She has been doing pro-life sidewalk ministry since August 2012 and has a passion for the born as much as for the preborn  With a degree in Sociology, she currently works as a career nanny with a heart for first time parents with infants.    When I’m not spending time with family and friends, I enjoy studying God’s Word, writing, reading, working out, baking, and sharing the Gospel.  

 Dr Arthur A. Porter Sr.

Dr. Arthur A. Porter Sr., is the Senior Pastor of New Nation Church of God in Christ in Aurora, Colorado. He is married to Donna Porter. Together they have three children and five grandchildren. He has been the senior pastor of New Nation for Church 20 years. He is a published author and lecturer.

He an expert at categorically reducing failure rates in African American students through success coaching and creating environments for them to succeed. He has helped especially helped African American males who experience patterns of self-hatred.

He is the founder of One Accord Ministries International, an empowerment movement highlighting the intersection of family prosperity through business and home ownership. Dr. Porter has served as adjunct faculty at both Denver Seminary and Iliff School of Theology. 

DFLA  Leaders

Kristen Day,  Executive Director

Kristen Day is the Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America and oversees all operations of the Washington, D.C. office.

Kristen began her interest in politics at Michigan State University. She worked for State Representative Rick Sitz and went on to work for the Government Affairs Office at Michigan State University. After graduation, Kristen followed her lifelong dream to work on Capitol Hill where she eventually rose to serve in the highest position as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Jim Barcia. She has served as the executive director of Democrats For Life since she Capitol Hill.

Day’s articles have been published in the LA Times,  Washington Post, Harvard Crimson, the National Review and other Publications. She is the author of Democrats For Life: Pro-Life Politics and the Silenced Majority published by New Leaf Press in July 2006.  The book outlines the history of the pro-life Democrat movement.  She was published in the 2006 Notre Dame Journal on Law and Public Policy with a piece entitled, "Politics and the Culture of Life-Why I am Still a Democrat."

Day speaks on behalf of women and pro-life Democrats. She has been a guest on radio talk shows like NPR's Talk of the Nation and has appeared on FOX News, MSNBC, EWTN and other major news outlets. She has been quoted in USA Today, The Washington Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and other news outlets.

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 Rev. Harriet Bradley,   Ga State and South Region Coordinator

 Rev. Harriet Bradley is a minister that teaches and preaches the Word of God wherever the Lord opens a door for her.  In addition to preaching and teaching in traditional church settings, Rev. Harriet has been advocating in the political arena where she encourages others to raise their voices for fair wages as well as fair work conditions. She has an intense desire to speak for the life of the unborn.  Their life matters. Currently, she serves as the  GA State Coordinator and South Region Coordinator for Democrats for Life of America (DFLA).

 

  

 

 

Democrats for Life of America deplores Supreme Court ruling on Louisiana abortion law sponsored by pro-life Democrat

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Kristen Day
Executive Director, DFLA
Phone: 703-424-6663

Email address: kday@democratsforlife.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 2020 – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA), an organization representing the beliefs of 21 million pro-life Democrats, criticized the decision of the Supreme Court Monday to strike down an abortion regulation in Louisiana.
The bill, authored by pro-life Democrat Katrina Jackson, would require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius. This regulation is a standard protocol for any outpatient surgical facility. In Louisiana, all ambulatory surgical centers have this requirement. On some occasions, abortions will result in bleeding, infections, and damage to internal organs, resulting in a need for specialized care that cannot be provided at an abortion clinic. 
Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America, released the following statement: “This decision endangers women’s health. Women’s safety should never be jeopardized, whether at a profit-driven abortion clinic or any other outpatient clinic. The three clinics, in this case, have been cited for 35 health and safety violations in the last decade. We are disturbed that without this reasonable regulation, women in Louisiana will suffer injuries without the benefit of face-to-face patient hand-offs, as mandated by medical best practice. Abortion doctors don’t deserve a special exemption from commonsense health regulations.”
“Contrary to the narrative promoted by NARAL and Planned Parenthood, this progressive law was brought into being by pro-life Democrats. It was authored by pro-life Democrat Katrina Jackson and signed into law by pro-life Democrat John Bel Edwards. Promoting women’s health and feminist values is fundamental to the idea of the Democratic Party. As Democrats, we care about women, who should have a right to the highest-quality medical care, in every instance. I call on the rest of the Democratic Party to join us in standing up to the $3 billion abortion industry and its laissez-faire approach to women’s health.”
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DEMOCRAT FOR LIFE OF AMERICA
DFLA is the leading voice for the one in three Democrats who identify as pro-life. DFLA promotes a Pro-Life for the Whole Life philosophy and works to end violence against human life in all its forms without discrimination. Its Executive Director, Kristen Day, previously served as Chief of Staff to pro-life Michigan Democrat Jim Barcia.

DFLA condemns presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's comments on abortion

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Kristen Day
Executive Director, DFLA
Phone: 703-424-6663
Email address: kday@democratsforlife.org
 
Democratic activist group condemns Joe Biden's extreme comments on abortion:
“Joe Biden is out of touch with a majority of Democrats.”
 
WASHINGTON,D.C. April 29, 2020 – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) condemned comments by Joe Biden Tuesday describing abortion as an “essential health care service.”
 
In a virtual event where he was endorsed by Hillary Clinton, Biden said: “States should not be using a public health crisis to infringe on a woman’s constitutional right.”
 
With these comments, he supported the decision of some governors to carve out an explicit exemption for abortion from a general ban on elective procedures.
 
“Joe Biden is out of touch with a majority of Democrats,” said Executive Director Kristen Day. “The public understands that PPE needs to be preserved to protect lives in this crisis. This is why we are stopping elective procedures. We are disturbed that our presumptive nominee supports the extreme actions of some governors to carve out an exception for the abortion industry. This exemption is based on the corporate interests of the abortion industry - not science. Until recently, the entire medical profession was aligned on the fact that abortion is almost always elective. Encyclopedia Britannica notes that “most abortions in the United States” are elective - not essential.”
 
“Abortion procedures threaten life by consuming PPE and medical resources at a time that some overwhelmed hospitals are struggling to meet basic requirements. For example, some abortion procedures require protective eyewear - a commodity at risk according to the CDC. Moreover, abortion staffers are needed on the frontline to save lives: not snuffing out the life of a pre-born child. Further, gathering people in abortion clinics for elective procedures risks contagion.”
 
Recent surveys have revealed a shortage of PPE currently used at abortion clinics, including gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer.
 
Joe Biden’s position in favor of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand is out of line with the views of rank-and-file Democrats. Polling from January shows that 44% of Democrats would prefer to vote for a candidate supporting significant restrictions on abortion. 76% of Democrats believe that laws can protect both a woman and her pre-born child.
 
"We urge Joe Biden to reconsider his movement toward embracing abortion as a common good and return to his Catholic roots that respect and protect all human life," said Day.
 
 
Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to educate Democrats at the local, state, and national levels on pro-life policies, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform and support legislation that fosters respect for all 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.They are the leading voice for 21 million Pro-Life Democrats in the United States of America.
 
 

Democrats For Life of America Proud to Endorse Collin Peterson (MN-07) for Re-Election

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Democrats for Life of America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT: Kristen Day

January 30, 2020                                                                               (703) 424-6663

Democrats For Life of America Proud to Endorse Collin Peterson for Re-Election

WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) has announced its proud endorsement of Collin Peterson (MN-07) for re-election. The organization cited his active leadership in the U.S. Congress and his longstanding independent voice for putting the good of the people in his district first.

“Congressman Peterson has been a solid and reliable pro-life vote,” said Kristen Day, executive director of DFLA. “Furthermore, he has done a tremendous job establishing himself as a representative of his district and not the Washington establishment. The consistents of the 7th Congressional District can be assured that he puts them first with each and every vote.”

As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, he consistently protected the farms in his district and around the nation crafting the 2008 Farm Bill and a coalition to pass it. He has also had an established record of working across party lines for the good of the people. He proved his ability to put the people above partisanship.

“The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) should really be honest about their goals – to elect Republicans,” said Day. “The Constituents of the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota should judge Congressman Peterson on his record, not on the skewed opinion of the NRTL who clearly values Republican votes over legislative leaders.”

According to Open Secrets, the National Right to Life Committee has not supported Democratic candidates since 2010 when they spent $3,204 to support Democratic candidates, which dwarfed the $2.1 million spent for Republican candidates and $22,860 spent against Democratic candidates.

“Pro-life voters need to rally behind Congressman Peterson and trust him and his record.,” said Day. “Without his valued voice within the Democrat Caucus, it silences us in the Pro-Life movement collectively.”

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