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Pregnant Women Support Act

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Pregnant Women Support Act

To provide for programs that reduce abortions, help women bear healthy children, and support new parents.

House of Representatives Bill HR-2045 and Senate Bill S-1032; current 111th session of Congress
Pregnant Women Support Act - Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to increase public awareness of resources available to pregnant women to carry their pregnancy to term and new parents. Amends the Public Health Service Act to allow the Secretary to make grants for the purchase of ultrasound equipment for examinations of pregnant women. Prohibits a health insurance issuer offering individual coverage from imposing a preexisting condition exclusion or a waiting period or otherwise discriminating against a woman on the basis that she is pregnant. Provides for continuation coverage for newborns. Amends title XXI (State Children's Health Insurance Program) (CHIP, formerly known as SCHIP) of the Social Security Act to allow states to extend health care coverage to an unborn child. Requires health facilities that perform abortions to obtain informed consent from a pregnant woman seeking an abortion. Directs the Secretary to provide for:
(1) higher education pregnant and parenting student services offices; and
(2) programs to work with pregnant or parenting teens to complete high school. Authorizes grants for services to pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. Requires states to require a pregnancy determination for homicide victims. Requires the Secretary to provide for supportive services for pregnant women, mothers, and children. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase and make refundable the tax credit for adoption expenses. Authorizes appropriations to carry out the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC program). Amends the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to increase the eligibility threshold for food stamps. Authorizes appropriations to carry out the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990. Authorizes grants to provide to eligible mothers education on the health needs of their infants through visits to their homes by registered nurses. Authorizes grants for collecting and reporting abortion surveillance data.

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DFLA Board of Directors

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Janet Robert, President 

Janet is an attorney and counsel to a variety of non-profit organizations. She co-founded Hope House of St. Croix Valley and the St. Croix Valley Christians in Action, and has volunteered her services to the St. Croix Valley Life Care Center, The Tubman Family Alliance, and the United Way. In 1994, Janet was elected to the Oak Park Heights City Council and later appointed to the Washington County Corrections Advisory Committee and the Workforce Center Board. Janet founded AM950 The Progressive Voice of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and St. Louis University Law School.

Jeannie French, Treasurer

A founding member of the Professional Women’s Network, Jeannie French has used her healthcare background to address the effect of abortion on women’s health.  She appeared on the MacNeil - Lehrer report on the abortion drug RU-486, and on Sonya LIVE and Chicago Tonight with the message that the response to a crisis pregnancy is to "Eliminate the Crisis Not the Child."  The founder of the National Women's Coalition for Life, Jeannie spearheaded a 6 city effort to listen to women who regret their abortions in an attempt to offer help. Real Choices (Multnomah Press) edited by Frederica Mathewes-Green conveys the findings.  A lifelong Democrat, Jeannie partnered with her home state governor, the late Bob Casey and others in developing a Democratic pro-life statement Caring for Women-- Caring for the Unborn, A New American Compact. In addition to her health care work,  Jeannie served as the Director of the Pro-Life Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago under the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.  Jeannie's personal experience of carrying a fatally impaired baby to term led to her testimony before the US Senate Judiciary and other state assemblies in support of a ban on partial-birth abortion.  Jeannie, a single mother for 20 years, has opened her home to other single mothers on multiple occasions.   A consultant to nonprofit organizations, she remains actively involved in senior health care and environmental issues.   French holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Tom Berg, Secretary

Tom is the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota, where he teaches and writes on constitutional law, religious liberty,  law and religion, and intellectual property.  He is the author of four books, dozens of scholarly and popular articles, and numerous briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts.  He has served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs and director of its Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy.  He has degrees from the University of Chicago, in both law and religious studies; from Oxford University, in philosophy and politics (as a Rhodes Scholar); and from Northwestern University, in journalism.  He is married to Maureen Kane Berg, and they have two sons, ages 16 and 13.

Matt Tuman

Matt formerly worked on Capitol Hill for both U.S. Senator Bob Casey and former Congressman Christopher Carney. He is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University. He serves as the State Chapter Coordinator for DFLA working to build up DFLA chapters locally across the country. Matt is a native of northeastern Pennsylvania and now resides in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Stiller

Lisa Stiller's background includes work in education and journalism and has an MA in Secondary Education and MA in Communication Studies. She has volunteered for many nonprofits, using her skills in media, training, writing and editing, lobbying, and event coordination. Lisa has been a board member of Consistent Life since 2012 and has been helping coordinate conferences, write resource material, and advocate anywhere she can for a consistent life ethic. She organizes tables/booths at many national conferences, including many where agendas are not always in line with a consistent life ethic.  Work experience includes teaching from elementary school to higher ed, working as a school counselor, and working in print and broadcast journalism. Pro-life (or rather whole life) her whole life, Lisa has stood up to friends, family, fellow Democrats, and the people she volunteers with to advocate for life Lisa currently lives near Portland, Oregon, and has recently become a state contact for Oregon.

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Co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)
Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR)
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL)
Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN)  Bill Sponsor
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN)
Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Rep. Mark Kennedy (D-MN)
Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA)
Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA)
Rep. Mike McIntrye (D-NC)
Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN)*
Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)
Rep. Colin Peterson (D-MN)
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)*
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS)

* co-leader of the House pro-life caucus

Organizations who have sent statements in support of the bill

The National Association of Evangelicals
US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Americans United for Life
Democrats for Life of America
National Council on Adoption
Life Education and Resource Network
Redeem the Vote
Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education
Joe Turnham, Chairman, Alabama Democratic Party
Bob Casey, Jr., U.S. Senate candidate
Martin Sheen, actor

DFLA Staff

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Kristen Day, Executive Director

Robert Christian, DFLA Fellow

Matt Tuman, DFLA Fellow

Matthew Tyson, DFLA Fellow

Meet Kristen, Executive Director of DFLA

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 where she was elected to serve as a Precinct Delegate during her sophomore year. 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.

One of her passions was working to pass pro-life and pro-family legislation and also advocated for Democrats who oppose abortion. Working for the Democratic Co-Chair of the Bi-partisan House Pro-life Caucus, Kristen set up a whip operation to alert pro-life Democrats when critical pro-life votes were going to come on the Floor or in Committee. Also, in this capacity, she helped Democrats For Life connect with other pro-life Democratic elected officials and private citizens who were interested in helping the organization grow. Additionally, she worked with pro-life groups to remind them that pro-life Democrats are not only needed but essential, for pro-life legislation to pass the House and Senate.

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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