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House passes bill to ban abortion funding

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DFLA Newsletter
January, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
January 25, 207
Contact: Kristen Day/703-424-6663
 
HOUSE PASSES H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
 
Thank you, Pro-Life Democratic Congressmen Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) for your votes.
 
On January 24, 2017, the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ​Act, which would end the yearly debate over federal funding for abortion. The bill would codify the Hyde Amendment and clarify that the ​Hyde Amendment applies to the Affordable Care Act.
“Since the Hyde Amendment passed in 1978, it has been long-standing policy that no taxpayer funds shall be used to pay for abortion,” said Kristen Day, exectutive director, Democrats For Life of America.  “For decades, Congress has attached the language to the annual appropriations bills.  H.R. 7 simply does what a majority of Americans support and will make this ban permanent law." 
 
The bill's language is almost ​identical to language that has passed both the House and Senate dozens of times and has been supported by both pro-choice and pro-life legislators on both sides of the aisle. H.R. 7 would prohibit federal funding of abortion except for the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. H.R. 7 does not prohibit abortion, nor does it prohibit health insurance plans from covering abortion. It simply clarifies that no federal funds will be used to pay for abortion.
 
“H.R. 7 is consistent with current law and the Executive Order to the Affordable Care Act that prohibits federal funding for abortion while continuing to allow women to use their own money to pay for abortion,” said Day.  “It will also provide consumers with assurances that the plan they purchase will not violate their conscience rights.”
 
The legislation will now go to the Senate for consideration.
 
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MATCHING FUND UPDATE 
We made our goal!!
 
Thank you so much for the generosity of all who have donated! Thanks to you, we were able to successfully meet our matching goal of $3,000 that was matched by a generous donor, allowing all of your contributions to go twice as far!!
 
But there are still many initiatives that Democrats For Life is looking to sponsor and promote to have a continued presence nationwide, to represent the Whole-Life cause. We still need to raise $180 to attend the Pro-Life Women's Conference in May.
 
Please consider helping today. Remember, every dollar will be matched!
 
 
HELP US ATTEND THE PRO-LIFE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
 
Please consider making a donation today to our Conference Fund so we can continue to spread our message. The second annual Pro-Life Women's Conference will be held June 23-25, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. We are only $180 away from our goal to be an event sponsor. Will you consider a contribution today? Please click here.
 
 

Report from the Women's March

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DFLA Newsletter
January, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
WHOLE LIFE WOMEN MARCHED! 
 
PRO-LIFE WOMEN MADE THEIR VOICES HEARD AT THE WOMEN'S MARCH: "Feminism is about equality, not abortion!"
 
I was proud to join with other members of Democrats For Life of America at the Women's March in D.C. this past weekend. We worked hard for our cause prior to the election and did not see the point in marching until we heard that the organizer
 
s had banned pro-life women's groups from co-sponsoring the event. We joined up with New Wave Feminists and held our posters high! 
 
While it was a lost opportunity to unite women under the pro-feminist banner to call for political, social, and enonomic equality, it was very important for us to represent the Whole Life view. 
 
The organizers of the Women's March in D.C. were, no doubt, dismayed to see celebrities and reputable news organizations such as CNN and MSNBC question their choice to exclude the pro-life women.  Celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi told Jake Tapper, "Feminism is not about abortion.  Feminism is about equal rights....All feminism means is everyone is the same."  Padma Lakshmi on why she joined D.
 
C. protesters, CNN Online, 1/21/17.
 
Other marchers asked for our signs and thanked us for being there!
 
We had some extremely encouraging and wonderful discussions about what unites us as women. All women agreed with us when we spoke of our advocacy to end pregnancy as a pre-existing condition, and for health care. Women on both sides of the abortion debate agreed when we spoke of the importance of paid maternity leave and allowing children to stay on their parents' plans until they are 26. They also agreed with us when we said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) saves lives. There were also women who supported and
 
agreed with our message that we should protect ALL life from conception to natural death. 
 
It was especially joyful to see the large number of youth who showed up to march as pro-lifers!  Please go to our facebook page to see the many inspirational signs they held.
 
Women have had so much success, but we will only truly win when we can support and unite ALL women's voices under the banner and advocacy for political, social, and economic equality. We don't have to agree on how to get there; we just need to support one another to achieve those goals.
 
Thanks
 
your your help and support, and we look forward to continuing the fight and share our message that we are "Pro-life for the Whole Life" at the March For Life on January 27th. Please scroll down for DFLA's events during the March For Life in Washington, D.C.!
 
 
We are still working hard to promote the Pro-Life view in our party and throughout our country, and being able to unite women everywhere to promote the cause and dignity of human life. Please consider making a donation today to help continue our efforts.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Kristen
 
 
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MATCHING FUND UPDATE 
We've almost made our goal! 
 
Thank you so much to the generosity of all who have donated! We are only $310 away from our goal of $3,000. Please consider helping today. Remember, every dollar will be matched!
 
 
HELP US ATTEND THE PRO-LIFE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
 
Please consider making a donation today to our Conference Fund so we can continue to spread our message. The second annual Pro-life Women's Conference will be held June 23-25, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. We are only $300 away from our goal to be an event sponsor. Will you consider a contribution today? Please click here.
 
 

Contact Your Representative

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DFLA Action Alert
January 23,  2017     
 
Action Alert
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION ON HOUSE FLOORTOMORROW 
 
Contact your Representative to urge a "Yes" vote
 
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" this week. Pro-life Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski co-sponsored the legislation, along with Republican Congressman Chris Smith. 
 
The legislation will make the Hyde Amendment language permanent and ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to pay for abortion.
 
We urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to support the legislation. If you do not know who your representative is, please click here and enter your zip code to find your representative.
 
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BREAKING NEWS: TRUMP RESTORES BAN ON FUNDING ABORTION OVERSEAS
 
President Trump signed an Executive Order today to reinstate the Mexico City Policy. The policy ensures that taxpayer funds will go only to organizations that do not perform or promote abortion.
 
According to a recent Marist Poll83 percent of respondents opposed taxpayer funding of abortion overseas. The same poll showed that 70 percent of Democrats oppose subsidizing abortions overseas.
 

Urgent: We Need To Preserve Healthcare for All

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DFLA Newsletter
January, 2017
 
 
The Pro-Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
URGENT: DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT: DONATIONS MATCHED UP TO $3000.
 
 
We've been working hard in the first weeks of 2017 to promote our pro-life values. Even with a pro-life majority, we fear that we may not have a whole life majority. Protecting life includes access to affordable health care. We face a tremendous challenge with calls to repeal health care for all Americans, but we intend on fighting to preserve the critical parts of the law, including:
  • Coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
  • No lifetime limits
  • Allowing children to stay on their parents' plans until age 26
  • NO abortion funding
  • Prenatal and postnatal coverage 
  • Extension of the Pregnant Women Support Act (Pregnancy Assistance Fund)
We do need your financial support to ensure that these important provisions stay in place. Please consider participating in our current fundraising drive. We're trying to raise $3,000 by January 31st in order to advance our movement and prepare for this impending battle to protect access to and affordability of lifesaving care. Thanks to a generous donor, all donations up to $3,000 WILL BE MATCHED, which means any donation you make to Democrats For Life of America today will be DOUBLED! Will you chip in today? Even $35 dollars can go a long way. Please Click Here to support our effort to preserve and protect health care for all.Thanks for everything you do!Kristen Day
Executive Director, Democrats for Life of America
 
 
2017 MARCH FOR LIFE! 
Please Join Us at the following locations!
 
Democrats for Life of America will be out in full force at the March for Life! See below for the locations and events DFLA will have a presence at!
 
Washington, D.C.
 
Thursday, January 26th - March For Life Conference
 
Democrats For Life will have a booth at the annual March For Life Conference! We will be at the conference all day, from 9 am to 8 pm, so please stop by and visit us!
 
Friday, January 27th - Democrats For Life Annual Breakfast
 
Democrats For Life will have their annual breakfast once again at 8 am on January 27th, before the March For Life. It will be held at The Old Ebbitt Grill, located at 675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005. Our guest speaker will be Alex Schadenberg. Tickets for the breakfast are $22.
 
To purchase tickets, please click here. If you are already planning on attending, please RSVP on Facebook!
 
Saturday, January 28th - Cardinal O'Connor Conference
 
Fordham University Professor and Democrats For Life of America board member Charlie Camosy will be speaking at the Cardinal O'Connor Conference panel! If you are attending the conference, we encourage you to attend the panel!
 
Los Angeles
 
Saturday, January 21st - Walk For Life Los Angeles
 
Pro-Life Democrats will be marching at the Walk For Life Los Angeles, which is being hosted by OneLifeLA and will be held on January 21st at 12 pm at Exposition Park at USC! If you are interested in marching with other Pro-Life Democrats, please contact Louis Shapiro at 323-481-8297.
 
San Diego
 
Saturday, January 21st - Walk For Life San Diego
 
Democrats For Life of America will have a presence at the 5th Annual Walk For Life San Diego, which will be held on January 21st from 8:30 am to 12 pm at Balboa Park on 6th and Laurel, near the San Diego Zoo. Please stop by our booth, located at the beginning of the walk, to connect with fellow Pro-Life Democrats!
 
San Francisco
 
Saturday, January 21st - Walk For Life West Coast
 
Democrats For Life of America will also have a booth at the Walk For Life West Coast, which is held on January 21st in San Francisco. Please visit DFLA's booth at the Walk For Life's Information Fair to meet up and march with fellow Pro-Life Democrats! A rally will be held at 12 pm, and the Walk For Life will start at 12:30 pm
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News From Our State Chapters  
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference - Philadelphia, PA, to be held April 1st and 2nd
 
DFL of Pennsylvania will be hosting Democrats For Life of America's next State Chapter Conference! It will be held on April 1st and 2nd in Philadelphia, PA, on the University of Pennsylvania's campus, at the Penn Cardinal Newman Center.
 
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HELP US ATTEND THE PRO-LIFE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
 
Please consider making a donation today to our Conference Fund so that we can continue to spread our message. The second annual Pro-life Women's Conference will be held June 23-25, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. We need to raise $1500 to be an event sponsor. Will you consider a contribution today? Please click here.

We Have Signs

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THANK YOU NAT HENTOFF AND SENATOR COLGAN
Pro-life leaders remembered
 
Nat Hentoff 
Nat Hentoff was a friend and supporter of Democrats For Life of America and served on our Advisory Board for several years. A writer for the Village Voice for more than 50 years, he held a liberal orthodoxy. His passion was jazz and he frequently wrote about his love of music, including several books. He was a fierce advocate for free speech,  and strongly opposed abortion. The intersection of these two principles coincided in the early 1990’s.
 
In 1992, after Governor Robert Casey of Pennsylvania was prevented from speaking at the Democratic National Convention about abortion, Hentoff hosted the governor at the historic Cooper Union so he would have an opportunity to share his views on abortion. However, the governor was once again silenced by a group of “hooligans” who “made all speech except their own inaudible.”
 
In addition to opposing abortion, Hentoff defended the rights of peoplel with disablities and the elderly. His consistently well-thought writings and advocacy for human rights will be missed.
 
Farewell Nat Nentoff by Jonathan Turley
 
Senator Colgan
Senator Chuck Colgan retired from the Virginia state senate in 2015, at the young age of 89. Part of me wonders if he stayed there because he was the lone pro-life Democrat in the Virginia senate.
 
He was the longest-serving member of the Virginia state senate. First elected in 1975, he served in the leadership as the president pro tempore and budget conferee.
 
He was quiet but effective, not only willing but also encouraging of working across party lines for the good of the state. We hope we can find a pro-life Democrat to fill Senator Chuck Colgan's very big shoes and the hole left in our state legislature.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Democrats For Life of America advocates and supports programs and policies that respect and promote life from conception to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.  Learn more...