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Tomblin’s Veto: Bad for Democrats

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Tomblin’s Veto: Bad for Democrats

Conservatives Salivating at Opportunity to Take the House

by Kristen Day

Pro-life Democrats are deeply disappointed with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 4588). The legislation will ban abortion after 20 weeks (or 22 weeks post fertilization).

Conservatives are salivating at this as opportunity to smear pro-life Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate with a “guilt by association” strategy and attempting to write a script to assist with a Republican takeover. Kristan Hawkins, President of the conservative Students for Life group theorized that,

“the democratic leadership thought of the perfect “House of Cards plan. They allowed the bill to quickly come up for a vote, foregoing the usual debates in committee and educational citizen hearings. Worried about losing the House to Republicans in 2013, this allowed their vulnerable members to be on record voting pro-life. The whole time, they knew the Governor would veto the bill.”

Let me be clear, Governor Tomblin was wrong to veto the bill, but in no way was there a conspiracy to provide protection for pro-life Democrats in 2014. In fact, the veto is having quite the opposite effect, as conservatives are jumping on this opportunity to challenge the pro-life credentials of these pro-life Democrats.

Secretary Sebelius: Protect Conscience Rights

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Contact Secretary Sebelius Today!

Pro-life Democrats fought successfully for no abortion funding in healthcare. We stood our ground and fought to protect the right of conscience for millions of Americans who will be purchasing health insurance in exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

While the rollout has not been smooth, one thing is clear.

The law protects conscience rights and no individual should be forced to pay for abortion.

Unfortunately, there is grave and legitimate concern that the law is not being followed.

The law requires the segregation of funds and an option to purchase a plan without abortion coverage. There is no reason why this information should be hidden. Yet, there has been no real effort to ensure that those with conscience objections will be informed or given the option for a plan that excludes abortion.

A few days ago, we encouraged you all to join the tweetfest to tell Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that we expect transparency with respect to abortion funding in healthcare.

As pro-life Democrats, we need to insist that the law be followed. We encourage you to contact Secretary Sebelius today and tell her:

"The ACA should be followed, and individuals who have conscience objections to abortion should be alerted up front if plans include abortion and provided with an alternative. We urge transparency and that long-standing conscience rights be protected."

There are several ways to contact the Secretary.

Mail:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone:

1-877-696-6775

Online HHS Feedback Form

 

CONTACT SECRETARY SEBELIUS TODAY!
 

Pro-life Democrats fought successfully for no abortion funding in healthcare.  We stood our ground and fought to protect the right of conscience for millions of Americans who will be purchasing health insurance in exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

While the rollout has not been smooth, one thing is clear.

 

The law protects conscience rights and no individual should be forced to pay for abortion.

 

 

Unfortunately, there is grave and legitimate concern that the law is not being followed.

 

The law requires the segregation of funds and an option to purchase a plan without abortion coverage.  There is no reason why this information should be hidden. Yet, there has been no real effort to ensure that those with conscience objections will be informed or given the option for a plan that excludes abortion.

 

A few days ago, we encouraged you all to join the tweetfest to tell Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that we expect transparency with respect to abortion funding in healthcare.

 

As pro-life Democrats, we need to insist that the law be followed.  We encourage you to contact Secretary Sebelius today and tell her:

 

"The ACA should be followed, and individuals who have conscience objections to abortion should be alerted up front if plans include abortion and provided with an alternative.  We urge transparency and that long-standing conscience rights be protected."

 

There are several ways to contact the Secretary.

 

Mail:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

 

Phone:

1-877-696-6775

 

Online form

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How come you don't endorse Republicans?

    It is the current policy of Democrats for Life of America never to formally endorse or provide institutional backing to any candidate who is not both a Democrat and pro-life. To do so would be to blunt our prophetic voice within the Democratic big tent and remove our reason for being.

    At the same time, we pro-life Democrats recognize that abortion is not the only issue with pro-life implications, and that politicians who are wrong on abortion may nonetheless support policies that make it easier for women to choose life and ensure that the lives of all Americans are protected from non-abortion threats to life from conception to natural death. In the rough and tumble of politics, there are few people with white hats or black hats, and lots of people with hats that are dark grey, light grey and various shades in between. Since politics is the art of the possible, and the perfect is all too often the enemy of the good, we recognize that most meaningful change comes in incremental steps.

    We are unable to give any candidate our endorsement if they support abortion. However, on balance, Democratic candidates do a better job of ensuring consistently whole-life outcomes than their vocally pro-life competitors in the GOP - and thus our lack of formal endorsement should not be read as an endorsement for the destructive economic and social agenda set forth by Republican elected officials and candidates.

  • Is there a DFLA chapter in my area?

    DFLA is actively building state and local chapters.  Go to our State Chapters page, and ask via the form about a chapter in your area.

 

 

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Morgan's College Essay

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185One of our DFLA members, Kristen Hayes, forwarded me her daughter's college essay.  I was so impressed with this young woman's compassion and understanding of the complexity of abortion that I immediately asked if I could share it with our membership.

We hear that young people are more pro-life than previous generations. Slogans, such as "I survived the abortion holocaust" from Generation Xers and "Abortion is not a Human Right" from Millennials have replaced the baby boomer signs calling for a "woman's right to choose".  In 1995, the year Morgan was born, for every ten live births, there were three abortions.  That number, sadly, has remained fairly consistent.

Morgan could have been on the wrong side of the statistic.  Her mom, a young college student, was pressured to have an abortion, but instead decided to choose life, despite lack of health insurance and little support outside of her family and close family friends.

Most women do not face the decision to have an abortion and are misled to think it is a "quick and easy solution" to an unplanned pregnancy.  Never mind the volumes of research and testimonials from women and men who had, or encourage someone to have, an abortion.

Morgan writes, "I am pro-life because I want women to know that they do not need to forfeit their child to fit into a mold of society, and I hope that one day this nation transforms so that women no longer have to suffer in silence."

Young advocates like Morgan give me hope that this day will soon be a reality.

You can read Morgan's essay here.

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