FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day
April 16, 2015
Senate Democrats Should Vote Unanimously for S. 178 Today
WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life urges Senate Democrats to release their hold on the Senate bill 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Sources say that the revised bill will contain similar language that was approved as part of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The legislation passed Tuesday night by a vote of 92 to 8. Every Senate Democrat voted for it.
“Democrats For Life of believes in justice for victims of sex trafficking. It is essential for overturning the culture of sexual coercion that is pervasive in America and supported by the abortion industry,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “Senate Democrats must recognize the language is and never was the issue. It is simply an attempt by the abortion industry to show their political clout and protect their corporate interests at the expense of providing justice to victims of human trafficking.“
Trafficking is a multimillion dollar industry. Over 2.4 million people suffer at the hands of predators who sell innocent people for slavery. Eighty percent of the trafficking victims are sold into sexual slavery. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would create a fund to support the victims from fees assessed to the predators involved with human trafficking. Four Democrats, Senators Casey, Donnelly Heitcamp and Manchin supported the bill. The new language will alleviate any concerns about the inclusion of the Hyde language.
“The abortion industry will do everything they can, including denying support for victims of human trafficking, to increase their bottom line,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA.. “Four Senate Democrats have sense enough to see beyond the façade and represent true democratic values to support victims. We strongly encourage Senate Democrats to take a look at this new reasonable language and withdraw their hold on the human trafficking legislation. This legislation may not repair the horrors the victims have faced, but it will help them with a fresh start.”
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.