FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2016
Pro-Life Democrats Honor
Report Released on Making Room for Pro-Life Democrats
Washington, D.C. – Democrats For Life of America released its report, “Make Room for Pro-Life Democrats and the Party Wins” and honored Governor John Bel Edwards with the Governor Casey Whole Life Leadership Award during a special reception at the Democratic National Convention today.
“The future of the Democratic Party is at stake,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “and John Bel Edwards shows that Democrats can gain victories in red states like Louisiana, if the party is willing to reverse course, listen to the voters, and support pro-life candidates.”
One-third of Democrats are already pro-life, and most Americans in the middle support pro-life policies like the ban on federal funding for abortion. Nonetheless, the Democratic Party keeps rejecting its pro-life base in favor of extremist positions, further alienating Americans and risking the future of the country. Since 2008, when it abandoned the campaign strategy that allowed for supporting pro-life candidates, the Democratic Party has lost 912 state legislative seats and the control of 30 state legislative chambers, 69 US House seats, 13 US Senate seats, and 13 governorships.
“We can turn this around by promoting a Whole Life platform that respects people on all sides of the abortion question and makes room for pro-life voters to engage with the party,” said Day. “If we follow the lead of Governor Casey, and now Governor Edwards, to embrace a whole life policy, we can turn the red back to blue.”
Edwards won in Louisiana in large part because he is pro-life. Democrats can take victories from Republicans by embracing whole life ideals and the voters who support that vision. Instead, they have been on the wrong path since they prevented Gov. Robert Casey from speaking at the 1992 national convention because he was a staunch pro-life leader who wasn’t afraid to buck his party in order to stand for his principles.
“The presidential race is tight, but the GOP is losing support,” said Day. “Now is the time for the Democratic Party to reach out and invite in a diversity of voters, not shut the door on a third of its supporters.”