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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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DONATIONS NEEDED 
 
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.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2016 Elections: The tortoise and the hare

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DFLA Newsletter
January, 2017
 
The Pro-Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS 
The tortoise and the hare
 
Watching the post-election analysis reminds me of Aesop's fable The Tortoise and the Hare. The hare thought he was in such good shape he did not have to put in a lot of effort to win the race. All indications were that the hare was clearly faster and there was no question he could beat the tortoise. However, the hare was over- confident, took a nap, and lost. 
 
Just as with the 2016 election, the Clinton team was over confident and did not visit nor bother appealing to necessary constituencies within the Democratic Party. The campaign, like the hare, thought they could walk away with a victory.
 
Sure, on paper, no one thought Donald Trump could win. Hillary Clinton clearly had more experience from serving as a U.S. senator and  secretary of state. However, Democrats ignored the fact that they were already losing before the presidential race even began. No post-race excuses can excuse away the pre-race reality. All the pre-race indicators, which Democrats For Life released in its 2016 report, were ignored in favor of a pre-conceived narrative that Democrats could win because they thought they were better than the alternative.
 
It is a hard lesson to learn.
 
But it could also be the necessary fall before the rise.
 
Recent articles are beginning to acknowledge that the Democratic Party is stronger when we are inclusive, and particularly when we include pro-life voices (see column to the right).
 
Electing pro-life Democrats in 2018 will be critically important. Of the 25 Democratic senators who are up for re-election, three have pro-life voting records:  Senator Joe Donnelly (IN), Senator Joe Manchin (WV) and Senator Bob Casey (PA). We hope more pro-life Democrats will make a run for U.S. House seats this year, and we will be let you know when they do.
 
Our state chapters will be letting us know what state house seats have pro-life candidates.
 
Our work is making a difference, and we need your help to continue this effort. Please consider making a contribution today to help implement our 2017 plans (see attachment).
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
With warmest regards and wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year,
 
Kristen Day
Executive Director
 
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Join us at the March for Life 
 
Click here to learn more about our March for Life Breakfast.
Post-election articles show our message is being heard! 
 
 
Democrats Have a Religion Problem. This is an interview with Michael Wear, former director of President Obama's Faith-Based office. TheAtlantic.com, Dec. 25, 2016.
 
In Order to Compete Nationally, Democrats Must Embrace Pro-Life Candidates.   A pro-choice writer candidly argues the importance of the pro-life movement.  PasteMagazine.com, Dec. 6, 2016.
 
Leaving Pro-lifers behind: An end-of-year look at Hillary Clinton's loss. This article talks about Democrats' abortion problem. LiveActionNews.org, Dec. 31, 2016.
 
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Help Us With Visisbility!

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DFLA Newsletter
January, 2017
 
The Pro-Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
Help Us with Visibility! 
 
We need to place this order by tomorrow
 
The March for Life is a few weeks away and we have an opportunity to purchase signs to increase our visibility at the March.
 
If we order by January 8, 2017 (which is tomorrow), we will receive a 17 percent discount which means we can purchase 50 signs for just $200.00.
 
Will you consider a contribution today so we can place this order? Click here now!
 
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Join us at the March for Life 
 
If you have not signed up for the March for Life Breakfast, it is not too late.
 
Our Guest Speaker is Alex Schadenberg. Alex is the foremost expert on euthanasia and is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International. 
 
Click here to learn more about our March for Life Breakfast.
 

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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...