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Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse Congressman Joe Bock

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For Immediate Release

July 28, 2014

Contact: Kristen Day: 202-220-3066

WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats For Life is proud to announce its endorsement of Joe Bock for the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana.  The organization cited Bock’s consistent support to defend and protect life at all stages.

“Washington needs more leaders like Joe Bock,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA. “Joe shares our commitment to reducing abortion, by providing more support and options for pregnant women and also supporting working families to care for their children. He is a true whole life Democrat.”

In its endorsement of Bock, DFLA cited his whole life perspective that encompasses protecting life from conception to natural death. DFLA also cited his support for a living wage for families and for seeking common sense solutions to problems.

"I am proud to be endorsed by Democrats for Life of America,” said Joe Bock.  “I strongly believe in DFLA's values of protecting the dignity of human life and taking a comprehensive approach to reducing the number of abortions in America and around the world."  

“Sending Joe Bock to Washington will ensure that the people of Indiana and all Americans will have a strong voice advocating for the pro-life position on the Democratic side of the aisle,” said Day. “We need unwavering voices within our Party to advocate for the whole life position. Joe will take tough votes when it is a vote to protect life. We know we can count on him to stand up for the unborn and all those who need assistance.”

Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Their 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.

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Kristen Day Published in The Hill - Congress Blog

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The following was published in The Hill - Congress Blog

Let it go

Last I checked, the Griswold v. Connecticut and Eisenstadt v. Baird decisions, which provided a constitutional right to contraception for married and unmarried couples, still stand. No one has been denied access by law.

So what is all the fuss with the Hobby Lobby decision? Why is there a flurry of bills addressing abortion and contraception in the U.S. Senate? Did the Supreme Court ban contraception or women’s access to contraception in their recent ruling? 

The answer is no.

Statement of Kristen Day on Hobby Lobby Decision

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     “We applaud the decision by the Supreme Court to allow family-owned companies with religious objections to not include contraceptives that can cause abortion in their health insurance plans.  The narrow decision by the court protects the long-standing rights of those who object to paying for abortion. The decision also ensures that female employees will not be denied access to free contraception that does not cause abortion, since the Court notes that the government has a mechanism by which insurers pay for contraception. 

     The ruling applies immediately only to intrauterine devices and morning-after pills, since that is all that these companies opposed. But the ruling will also protect companies that have objections to other contraceptive methods. DFLA did not take a position on whether those religious objections should succeed. But we agree that the conscience rights of all deserve equal consideration in this context. 

     This decision does not undo the Obama administration's deeply erroneous decision to include abortion-causing drugs and devices in the contraceptive mandate in the first place. The religious-freedom law involved in the case only provides for exceptions from participating in the mandate. DFLA supports efforts to remove potential abortifacients from the mandate altogether. 

     We also praise Hobby Lobby for continuing to provide insurance coverage, to both female and male employees, for contraception methods that do not cause abortion.  In addition to covering 16 of 20 approved contraceptive methods by the Food and Drug Administration, Hobby Lobby goes further than the ACA by also covering vasectomies for their male employees.

     We support universal health care and actively worked to pass the Affordable Care Act. We are proud that so many individuals and families are receiving essential care, included coverage for pregnant women. We urge the President and the Congress to focus on affordable child-care, parental leave, a living wage and other opportunities to help and support working families.”

DFLA Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Protect Free Speech for Peaceful Sidewalk Counselors

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For Immediate Release

June 27, 2014

Contact: Kristen Day: 202-220-3066

Washington, DC – Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) applauds the Supreme Court's unanimous decision yesterday holding that Massachusetts violated the First Amendment rights of pro-life sidewalk counselors by excluding speech from a 35-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinic driveways and clinics.

"We are gratified that the Supreme Court has explicitly recognized the compassionate message that sidewalk counselors seek to convey and that it can have an effect on women's considered choices," said DFLA executive director Kristen Day.  "The Court correctly recognized how grossly overbroad this 'no pro-life speech' zone was."

DFLA Endorsements for 2014

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2014 DFLA ENDORSED FEDERAL CANDIDATES

U.S. Senate

We are proud to endorse Travis Childers for U.S. Senate.

Rep. Travis Childers– Rep. Travis Childers is running for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. Childers faced 3 opponents in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014, and won. He scored 100 percent pro-life while serving in the U.S. House. Incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran is facing a run-off against a Tea Party candidate.

U.S. House of Representatives

We are proud to endorse the following incumbents who have strong and proven pro-life voting records:

  • Rep. Dan Lipinski– Rep. Lipinski represents the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois.
  • Rep. Nick Rahall– Rep. Rahall represents the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia.
  • Rep. Collin Peterson– Rep. Peterson represents the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota.

We are proud to endorse the following candidates who are running in either open seats or challenging incumbents:

  • Jennifer Garrison– Former State Rep. Garrison is running in the 6th Congressional District of Ohio. Garrison won the democratic primary on May 6, 2014 and is hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Bill Johnson.
  • Jerry Cannon– Jerry Cannon is running in the 1st Congressional District of Michigan facing Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Benishek. The enormous district covers 32 counties in Northern Michigan.
  • Joseph Bock– Joe Bock is running in the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana against Republican incumbent Jackie Walorski. Joe won the Democratic primary on May 6, 2014.
  • Joe Perske - Joe is running in the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota. This is an open seat due to the retirement of Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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...