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Help us Reach the New DNC Party Chair!

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DFLA Newsletter
March, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
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Dear Friend,
 
The Democratic Party is in crisis, and the time is ripe for us to impact the rebuilding of the devastation. There are several things we need to do, and we need your help. 
 
First, we must meet with the new party chair, Tom Perez, and the vice-chair, Congressman Keith Ellison.  Neither one is talking about the strength of the Big Tent,and we must educate both of them on how pro-life Democrats are critical to winning. We have made the request to meet, and we will keep you up-to-date on their response.
 
Second, we need your help to send a message. If you are giving money to the Democratic Party, please stop. No more pro-life Democratic money can go to help an organization that is currently working against us. Every time your party asks for money, please respond that you will start giving again when pro-life Democrats are welcome. Don't hesitate to donate directly to pro-life Democrats, as they need your help more than ever!
 
Third, please make a contribution to Democrats For Life's Open the Big Tent initiative. Our Big Tent initiative is beginning to receive the attention of the media, who are asking the Democratic National Committee why they aren't welcoming the pro-life Democrats. Our Big Tent report at the DNC made an impact! We are in the process of updating it with the current data. Still, we are an under-fundedorganization facing a well-established and well-funded 189-year-old organization. So we need your support.
 
If we are going to win, we need your help. If we win, we can win back the majority. If we win, we can pass paid leave for working families, save programs to assist people in need, and preserve the good parts of the Affordable Care Act and work to fix the parts that are not working. If we win, preborn children will receive the protection they deserve, and pregnant women will be supported.
 
The time is now! There are common ground and common purpose to be found, and we can lead the effort with your help. Please make a contribution today!
 
Sincerely,
Kristen
 
STATE CHAPTER NEWS:
 
The State Chapter focus remains on building up the grassroots by getting in touch with people who want to get involved in various capacities. There is a lot of great enthusiasm for people to help out in a variety of ways in our existing chapters, as well as people who would like to help us get chapters started in states where we currently do not have them.
 
We are also getting out the word about our State Chapter Conference being available through live stream so that people who are unable to come can participate. Many people have expressed interest in this, which will allow us to connect to people who live outside the Northeast and are unable to make it.  We are also going to be in a panel discussion of Pro-Life Democrats next month at Catholic University.More information will be provided about this when it becomes finalized.
 
 
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference
Everyone Welcome!
Philadelphia, PA
April 1-2, 2017

Pro-Life Women's Conference
DFLA will be a sponsor! (FUNDED!)

Orlando, FL
June 23-25

Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1
 
Consistent Life Conference
FUNDING NEEDED!  Kristen Day is a speaker!
 Eastern, PA
August 4-6
 
Will you consider a contribution today to our Conference Fund? Every dollar counts toward making DFLA's presence known to both Pro-Lifers and Democrats. Please click here.
 

Defund Planned Parenthood

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
March 9, 2017
CONTACT: Kristen Day (703) 424-6663
 
 
Yes, We Should Defund Planned Parenthood
STATEMENT OF KRISTEN DAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA
 
 
For many years, many people have challenged the appropriateness of government funding of Planned Parenthood because the organization concurrently has received both funding to counsel pregnant women and to perform abortions. It is a basic principle of ethics that one cannot have any self-advantageous incentive, financial or otherwise, to counsel another person about a moral decision of such great magnitude. 
 
Elected by voters set on eliminating taxpayer-funded abortions, President Donald Trump recently has called on Planned Parenthood to separate its abortion business from its other services in order to qualify for continued government subsidies. 
 
 Democrats For Life of America supports this compromise because:
  • This accommodation satisfies the longstanding and bipartisan federal policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion – a policy that is supported by most Americans.  Planned Parenthood’s current extensive provision of abortion procedures (they are the largest abortion provider in the S.) sets it outside the acceptable parameters for receipt of federal government monies. 
  • At Planned Parenthood, tax dollars currently subsidize “pregnancy counseling” services.  This “counseling” gets taxpayer-funded reimbursement despite the fact that the primary pregnancy “service” Planned Parenthood offers is abortion. This bias invalidates the “counseling” because the organization clearly has a material interest in encouraging every pregnant woman to schedule an abortion. According to Planned Parenthood’s 2014-2015 annual report, they served approximately 2.5 million people and performed 323,999 abortionsbut provided only 17,419 prenatal visits.  And how many of those prenatal visits entailed “counseling” a mother to choose abortion rather than to choose birth? 
  • If Planned Parenthood declines the compromise, the taxpayer funding should be allocated to the 9,800 Community Health Centers in rural and urban communities around the country that provide comprehensive medical care and other health care to more than 25 million people, far beyond the minimal reproductive services provided by Planned Parenthood to only one-tenth as many people.

Building a Whole Life Movement

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DFLA Newsletter
February, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
Will You Help Us Build A Whole Life Movement?
 
It is time to spread our voices, and show our country and our party that Pro-Life Democrats are critical to building a majority party. Help us spread the message about Democrats For Life of America by doing the following things:
 
1. Use Social Media! Use our hashtag #ChooseBoth to show that we support both the mother and the child, as well as #OpenTheBigTent to show the Democratic Party that our voices demand to be heard! Tweet at us @demsforlife your pictures from the March For Life or other events. Add your thoughts on why you're a Pro-Life Democrat!
 
2. Call Your Elected Officials! The House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, on January 24, 2017, by a vote of 238 to 183. The legislation would make the provision known as the Hyde Amendment permanent law. It would also clarify that federal funds are not allowed for abortion in plans included in the Affordable Care Act. Now it is the Senate's turn.
 
Contact your U.S. senators and urge them to bring the legislation up for consideration before the full Senate.
 
Democrats For Life also would like to thank the following Pro-Life Democrats in Congress who voted YES on this legislation. Be sure to contact them and thank them for their courageous vote!
 
U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski, Illinois 3rd District
U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, Texas 28th District

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson, Minnesota 7th District
 
3. Make A Donation To Democrats For Life of America and volunteer!

Democrats For Life of America is working hard to promote the Pro-Life view within the Democratic Party, and to provide for both the mother and the child. We need your help to keep up with growing interest in our organization. We need to raise $600 per month for our part-time State Chapter Coordinator. So far, we have raised $420 for the position for this month. There's still a long way to go! Please consider a contribution to our Grassroots Building Team.Or make a general contribtuion to Democrats For Life. Every dollar counts to help grow a Whole Life Culture in America today, and we need your help. Will you donate to help DFLA today?
 
We also need support in individual states to build up our state chapters. Please consider volunteering your time and efforts!
 
STATE CHAPTER UPDATE:
NEWS FROM INDIANA
 
Lori Harimann of South Bend, Indiana, has written a great op-ed piece in the South Bend Tribune about what it means to be a Pro-Life Democrat, and why the party should open the big tent if they want to succeed again! Read it here!
 
 
 
 
In this write-up for the National Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters writes about how the Pro-Life Movementneeds to disavow the attitude and comm​ents on women of Donald Trump as the standard-bearer of the movement. We agree! Check it out!
 
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference
Philadelphia, PA
April 1 and 2, 2017

Pro-Life Women's Conference
DFLA will be a sponsor! (FUNDED!)

Orlando, FL
June 23-25

Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1
 
Consistent Life Conference
FUNDING NEEDED! Kristen Day is a speaker!
 Eastern, PA
August 4-August 6
 
Will you consider a contribution today to our Conference Fund? Every dollar counts towards making DFLA's presence known to both Pro-Lifers and Democrats. Please

Big Tent Party Closes its Doors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT: Kristen Day

February 10, 2017                                                                             (703) 424-6663

 

Democratic Party Refuses Petition to Include Democrats

Who Want to Reduce Abortion

 

Washington, D.C. – Pro-life Democrats in Michigan asked a simple question of its leadership – include pro-life Democratsin the big tent of the party of diversity and inclusion. The answer was a stunning no. Pro-life Democrats focus on programs to support pregnant women, such as paid maternity leave, support for parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis, prenatal and postnatal care, affordable childcare, and other efforts to support pregnant women and new parents.

“Pro-life Democratsbelieve that our party has the best opportunity to reduce abortion in this country and ensure that no woman feels that abortion is her only choice,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America. “The language offered by our Michigan Democrats offers an opportunity to open the big tent and bring Democrats back to the party.”

The proposed language, approved by the Leelanau Democrats, states:

“We respect the conscience of each American and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion and the death penalty.  We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength, and we welcome into our ranks all Americans who may hold differing positions on these and other issues.”

Former State Representative John O’Neill has been leading the effort, and he made the case before his local party. They recognized the importance of not alienating members of their own party. John then took the next step, taking the resolution to the Michigan Democratic Party. The Leelanau resolution was rejected by the Michigan Democratic Party’s Resolutions Committee, but O’Neill hopes to find a way to introduce it on the floor at the Michigan Democratic Party Spring State Convention at Cobo Hall in Detroit this Saturday, February 11, 2017.  

“The Leelanau Democrats, most of whom are pro-choice, sent me to the state party with this inclusive language for Democratswho support the sanctity of life and 99 percent of the Democratic Party platform,” said O’Neill. “It’s disappointing, then, to witness the state Resolutions Committee reject out of hand this resolution that is entirely in keeping with the Democratic values of respect for personal conscience and diversity.  How can a party succeed when it abandons its core values?  We will not give up until we return the party to its roots.”

Pro-life Democrats are not asking the Michigan Democratic Party to change its stance on choice, but only to add language to welcome pro-life Democrats under the big tent. The Michigan Democratic Party has mirrored the national party’s downward trend.  Nationally, Democrats have lost more than 1,000 state legislative seats, and the party is at its lowest numbers since the beginning of the 19th century. Michigan is one of 27 states in which Republicans control all three branches of state government. 

Democrats have little hope of reclaiming their majority status if they continue to exclude one-third of their membership,” said Jason Duncan, state contact for Michigan Democrats For Life. “Polls consistently show that one-third of Democrats are pro-life, and this stamp of disapproval and exclusion by our state party sends the wrong message to pro-life Democratic voters. Michigan is missing an opportunity to show what the "big tent" strategy looks like and set an example for state parties across the country.

Millennials are more pro-life than any generation before them since Roe v. Wade, but they feel as if they are at a loss when it comes to finding a political party to support.

As much as my peers and I love the values of egalitarianism and justice which the Democrats uphold, I can't help but notice the inconsistency of neglecting the human rights of prenatal children,” said Chrissy Healy, medical student and pro-life Democrat. “I know I could never violate my conscience by voting for a candidate who supports extremist pro-choice legislation even if I support the vast majority of his or herother positions. If room were made within the Democratic Party for people like meand the other pro-life people in my generation, I wouldn't hesitate to give it my full support.”

One in three Democrats are already pro-life, and most Americans in the middle support pro-life policies, such as the halting of federal funding for abortion. But the Democratic Party keeps rejecting its pro-life base in favor of extremist positions, further alienating Americans and risking the future of both the party and the country. Since the national party abandoned the 50 State Strategy that would have supported pro-life candidates, the Democratic Party has lost 912 state legislative seats and the control of 30 state legislative chambers, 69 U.S. House seats, 13 U.S. Senate seats, and 13 governorships.

"The Democratic Party is in deep trouble," said former Michigan State Rep. Joel Sheltrown.  "We have one Democratic representative north of US 10, and if we continue to push away members of our own party, we will remain a minority party.  People who are pro-life make sure they get to the polls and vote. We need those votes to win. And, right now, those pro-life Democratic voters are not supporting our party."

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