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DFLA Report Lays Out Key to Win Back the Majority

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Democrats For Life of America
July, 2016
   
 
Dear friend,
 
I am excited! In just one week, we will be at the National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia!
 
We are almost ready to print our report, “Make Room for Pro-Life Democrats and Achieve our Party Goals Nationwide.”It lays out exactly how excluding pro-life Democrats has hurt the Party and how opening the Big Tent makes us stronger.
 
We are taking this message to Philadelphia!
 
We would like to provide a copy of our report to every Democrat in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate but each copy costs $8 to print. Would you consider a contribution to help us make sure each elected official receives a copy? We have enough right now to print 150 copies. If you send as little as $24, we can send  a copy to your U.S. Representative and both U.S. Senators.
 
With your help, we printed new brochures and I am lookingforward to passing those out at the Convention. With your help, we put up a billboard in Philadelphia letting everyone know that one in three Democrats are pro-life. With your help, we have this beautiful new banner. With your help, we can distribute our report to thousands of elected officials.  
 
While the platform language looks dour, we are going to make a big impact next week. With 60,000 Democrats converging on Philadelphia, there is no better place to share our mission!
 
Thank you for all your support and kind words.
 
Kristen
Kristen Day
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
Help Us Share This Important Report With Your Represenatives!
 
Do youArticle Image want to make sure your representative receives a copy of the DFLA report “Make Room for Pro-Life Democrats and Achieve our Party Goals Nationwide”?
 
 
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Please visit our website at www.democratsforlife.org.
Donate to our Open the Big Tent Initiative here.

Dem Platform on Abortion #That'sCrazy #OpentheBigTent

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Democrats For Life of America
July, 2016
   
 
Dear Friend,
 
Last Friday, the Democratic Platform Committee took a radical pro-abortion position in the draft platform, despite pleas from both pro-life and pro-choice advocates to include language in the platform that recognizes the existence of pro-life members in the party and pledges to find common ground. If the convention approves it, our party will go on record as advocating for:
 
  1. Abortion as a “core value” of Americans.
  2. The repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds for abortions.
  3. The repeal of reasonable safety regulations for the abortion industry.
Thus, the party has moved from a position of “safe, legal, and rare” to “unlimited and state-supported." 
 
DFLA is asking you to express your outrage in as many social media outlets as possible. Use the reasons listed below to emphasize the stupidity of this move, or quote the eloquence of US Senator Joe Manchin (WV) when he responded: “That’s crazy!” 
 
Unless you speak out, the media will not take notice! So send out your personal message on Twitter, Facebook, or elsewhere: "Have you seen the Democratic Platform on abortion? Radically out of the mainstream! Are they crazy? Are they trying to run off voters?" Use the hashtags #thatscrazy #openthebigtent.
 
Ask all the other pro-life friends you know to join the clamor in social media, spreading the word as far as we can about this affront to American values that is destroying the Democratic Party.
 
These facts should be causing the Democratic leadership to scramble for a way to turn around election results. Yet, as Matt Iglesias wrote for Vox.com: “[T]he truly striking thing is how close to bottom the party is already and how blind it seems to be to that fact.” Many other political columnists have pointed out the demise of the party, its insane rigidity on abortion support, and its sell-out to the abortion lobby. Nothing could help Donald Trump more than this extreme Democratic abortion stance!
 
We will make our case in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention, so join us if you can.. After you post on social media, send us your ideas and participate!
 
Kristen Day
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
 
Here are key reasons why the party must include the pro-life position in its considerations and platform—
  1.  One-third of the party membership is pro-life—a number too large to disregard.
  2.   Our party, which champions social justice and the vulnerable in so many other areas, should care about the weakest and most defenseless humans—those in the womb who have no voice.
  3.  For many Democrats, and taxpayers, opposition to abortion is a matter of deep personal conscience, which should be protected under our party's commitment to no discrimination against any creed. 
  4. Polls show Americans are increasingly leaning pro-life:
  • 47% of Americans identify as pro-choice, 46% as pro-life. (Gallup.com, May 2016)
  • 69% of Americans think abortion should be illegal in certain or all cases. (Gallup.com, May 2016)
  • 32% of Democrats and 50% of Independents identify as pro-life. (Gallup.com, May 2015)
  •        56% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, and only 39% favor it (CNN Poll 2014), while a 2016 Marist Poll shows 68% opposition.
  1.   Since 2009, when the party ended its "50 State Strategy" of acknowledging pro-life positions, Democrats have seen catastrophic losses:
  • 912 state legislative seats and the control of 30 state legislative chambers,
  • 69 US House seats,
  • 13 US Senate seats, and
  • 13 governorships.
 
 
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Please visit our website at www.democratsforlife.org.
Donate to our Open the Big Tent Initiative here.
 


PARTY OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEEDS TO OPEN THE BIG TENT TO PRO-LIFE VOTERS

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Democrats for Life of America

Protecting.  Strengthening. Re-building.

PARTY OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEEDS TO OPEN THE BIG TENT TO PRO-LIFE VOTERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT: Kristen Day

July 6, 2016                                                                              703-424-6663

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democrats For Life of America has placed a billboard in Philadelphia to remind delegates at the Democratic National Convention that 1 in 3 Democrats are pro-life and to send the national party a message:

“For the good of the party and the good of the country, it is time to Open the Big Tent!”

 

The statistics are sobering. Since 2008, the Democratic Party has lost more than 1,000 state and national races — including 11 governorships, 13 U.S. Senate seats, 69 U.S. House seats, and 913 state legislative seats (adding up to 30 state legislative chambers) — as it has increasingly alienated Democratic pro-life voters. 

“Democrats are united in support for paid parental leave, a higher minimum wage, and Medicare for all, but the reality is that the party must have a majority in Congress and state legislatures throughout the country to achieve these goals.”  said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA.  “Frankly, the Democratic Party needs pro-life voters to move our agenda forward, but the leadership has not opened its eyes to this fact.”

Day explained how pro-life voters can win elections for Democrats.

“It’s already happened in Louisiana, where last year John Bel Edwards took the governor’s race against a well-funded Republican in a red state.”

The national party’s overwhelming support for NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) and Planned Parenthood causes serious conflicts for one-third of all Democratic voters, who feel increasingly uncomfortable with the focus on abortion rather than support for pregnant women.

Day reiterates: “Democrats can win elections through all the down ballot races if we unite into a more inclusive and open political coalition.  As it is, the national party platform is closed to all Democrats who believe that we must find better solutions to the challenges mothers face than aborting their children. Support for mothers must be a priority, not an afterthought.”

This is a crucial election year in which the party has a choice to make.  It either allows the abortion industry to control the party, or it can “OPEN THE BIG TENT” and welcome back the pro-life voters — millions who are critical to the agenda.

“This is how we can win,” Day said.

In addition to the billboard, Democrats For Life will release a report at the convention on how the Democrats lost Middle America and how to rebuild the party. It will also honor Governor John Bel Edwards with an award for his whole life principles.

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Kristen Day

Executive Director

Democrats For Life of America

10521 Judicial Drive, Suite 200

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-424-6663

www.democratsforlife.org

SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST TEXAS ABORTION LAW

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Focus Must Now be on Compassion and Support
for Alternatives to Abortion
 
Democrats for Life of America
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT: Kristen Day
June 27, 2016                                                                  703-424-6663
 
Washington, DC: The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in the Whole Women’s Health case means that the health of women will be less important than the profits of abortion facilities.
 
“This ruling does not protect women; instead it makes it more likely that we will have more Kermit Gosnells,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of the Democrats For Life of America.Article Image
 
Whole Women’s Health sued Texas officials after the state passed a law that sets minimum safety requirements for abortion facilities. The law ensured that women would see doctors with hospital admitting privileges, in case of an emergency, and that abortion facilities would have the same standards as any other surgical centers. Rather than comply with these health-related provisions, Texas abortion providers filed suit. The DFLA filed an amicus brief taking the side of women.
 
Had standards like those in Texas been in effect in Philadelphia, they would have made it much harder for Kermit Gosnell to run his horrific abortion mill that took the lives of women and born babies. Gosnell, whose case was the inspiration for the Texas law that sought to protect women, was convicted in 2013, on three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive during abortion procedure, and on one count of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Karnamaya Monga. Monga was reportedly given a lethal dose of anesthesia by Gosnell’s staff.
 
“Gosnell, while an extreme case, is the reason we can’t simply trust abortion facilities to care about women. They have to be under some form of government oversight,” Day said. “Ever since the New Deal, Democrats have fought to ensure that the people’s elected representatives have room to regulate powerful economic interests to protect people’s safety and health,” Day said. “But the Court, and leaders in the Democratic Party, now have dropped that tradition when the economic interest involves the abortion industry.  We believe it is time for a new women’s movement that will end the systemic cultural oppression of women through the promotion of abortion.”
 
The Whole Women’s Health argument claimed that Texas was harming women by setting safety standards and requiring the doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at the nearest hospital.
 
“How can such standards be considered an ‘undue burden’ to abortion when even the National Abortion Federation recommends that women choose a doctor who can admit them to a nearby hospital?” Day said. “Five unelected judges have now blocked these particular safety measures, but there are different laws on the books in many states that have been upheld by the Courts. State regulators must vigorously enforce those protections for women,” Day added.
 
DFLA has been at the forefront of really helping women by advocating measures that protect life, and that support women and children's health. DFLA was able to help add the Pregnancy Assistance Fund to the Affordable Care Act, making sure that expectant and parenting mothers have a network of support to gain access to health care, child care, family housing, and other critical services.
 
“This decision also makes it all the more important for us to provide compassion and support to women in unintended pregnancies. We know that there are abortion facilities that are unsafe. We need to double our efforts to provide alternatives to abortion.”
 
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(703) 424-6663  Kristen Day, Executive Director

Democrat Bel Edwards Follows Through on Whole Life Promises

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May 24, 2016
CONTACT: Kristen Day (202) 220-3066

Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards is showing the nation what a Whole Life Democrat looks like, signing laws to extend Medicaid and to protect the health of women.

“Governor Edwards represents the future of the Democratic Party,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America.  “We cannot ignore any person who needs assistance, whether it be access to health care or the protection of the right to life.”

Bel Edwards made being a Pro-Life (Whole Life) Democrat part of his campaign for governor, and he followed through on his promises once he took office in January.  The day after being sworn in, Bel Edwards signed an executive order expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 300,000 Louisiana residents.

On May 19th, he signed into law two new protections for women.  The first requires that all doctors who perform abortions be board-certified either in obstetrics and gynecology or in family medicine, or that the doctors be certifiable in these fields.  The law is intended to protect women from dangerous abortion mills run by unqualified staff.

The other protection extends the waiting period for women seeking abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours.  This additional time affords women the opportunity to reflect and make a real choice, without being pressured into an abortion.

“Many women are coerced into abortion because they believe it is their only choice,” said Day. “As Democrats, we should be seeking more ways to provide support and opportunity for women to carry their children to term, not advocating for unsafe abortion.”

By protecting the poor and the vulnerable, Bel Edwards shows what a Whole Life Democrat administration can do, and why this type of leadership is so needed in the Democratic Party right now.

“Americans are tired of having two parties that don’t represent their beliefs.  There are more than 20 million Pro-Life (Whole Life) Democrats ready to fight for a candidate who shares their commitment to freedom and justice, security and prosperity, equality and community, and hope and progress,” said. Day.

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