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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."

Let's Keep The Momentum Going. Join us in Philadelphia in April!

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DFLA Newsletter
February, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference Announced! April 1st-2nd, 2017
The Conference will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Democrats For Life of America will be holding its next State Chapter Conference here in Philadelphia, PA, hosted by the DFLA Pennsylvania State Chapter.
 
Located at the University of Pennsylvania Cardinal Newman Center, the conference will span two days on April 1st and 2nd, 2017.
 
We will feature speeches from noted Pro-Life Democrats, including academics, elected officials, and longtime members of Democrats For Life of America. At the conference, there will be discussions of how to articulate the Pro-Life Democratic position among fellow pro-lifers and Democrats, as well as building up and connecting fellow Pro-Lifers in all 50 states, including how to better organize state chapters using social media, letters to the editor, and events to create an active state chapter and advocacy group in your own state!
 
Tickets for the conference will cost $30, $20 for students. A list of speakers and panels will be released soon. We hope to see you there.
 
To buy tickets, please purchase them here!
 
If you are in need of a hotel room for the conference, we have a special Hotel Room rate at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown in Philadelphia at $135 per night + tax. If you are interested in getting a room at the discounted rate, or have any questions, or are willing to volunteer in planning and organizing for the conference, please contact PA State Chapter Coordinator Christian Matozzo at penndemsforlife@gmail.com
 
Date:
April 1st and 2nd, 2017
Location:
University of Pennsylvania Cardinal Newman Center
3720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time:
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Price:
$30 ($20 for students)
 
 
 
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Thank you to those who have contributed to the Grassroots Building Fund. We need another $300 to fund the month of February. Please consider a contribution today.
STATE CHAPTER UPDATE
NEWS FROM MASSACHUSETTS:
 
Pro-Life Democrats in Massachusetts are forming a DFLA State Chapter, and they need your help! If you're located in Massachussets and are interested in volunteering, please contact us here.
 
Not located in Mass. but still want to help? Looking for a State Chapter in your state? You can also sign up to volunteer for DFLA! As we enter an age of decidedly partisan politics, we need all the help we can get to promote the Whole Life cause!
 
 
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference
Philadelphia, PA
April 1st and 2nd, 2017

Pro-Life Women's Conference - DFLA will be a sponsor (FUNDED)
Orlando, FL
June 23rd-25th

The National Right to Life Convention - DFLA will be a sponsor pending funding
Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1
 
Consitent Life Conference - DFLA will be a sponsor pending funding and 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 click here.

Join the "Grassroots Building Team"

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DFLA Newsletter
February, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
DFLA IS SEEING MAJOR GROWTH! WE NEED YOUR HELP IN HIRING A STATE CHAPTER COORDINATOR!
 
 
 
Our numbers are growing, and we need to raise money for more staff! Join our "Grassroots Building Team" today.
 
Take a look at these outreach numbers from our Facebook page over the past 7 days. 
  • Page Views - Increased 422%
  • Audience Reach - Increased 739%
  • Post Engagements - Increased 970% to 28,752 people
  • Page Likes - Increased by 1041%
Democrats For Life of America is seeing greater interest and growth than ever before! In order for us to be the most effective in our outreach to Pro-Life Democrats, we need a dedicated staffer to build up and support vibrant and active DFLA state chapters in all 50 states.
 
Good News! We are doing just that.
 
The DFLA Board has authorized the hiring of a state chapter coordinator, provided that we can raise the funds.
 
We are starting with a small goal. We will hire a state chapter coordinator to work no more than 10 hours a week with a cap of $600 per month. And that's where you come in!
 
Join the "Grassroots Building Team". We need 20 of our members to commit to $30 per month for this important effort. Or, if you are feeling really generous, cover one week for $150. Any amount helps. You can make this commitment by clicking here.
 
Many of you have contacted DFLA to say that you are interested in helping. Having a dedicated person who will focus on helping our state chapters will make a tremendous difference.
 
Please consider a donation today. Your contribution will go toward helping to connect and advocate for Pro-Life Democrats in every state across our great country, and to furthering the work that DFLA does every day. We need your help! Every penny helps in our efforts to hire a state chapter coordinator to organize our state chapter efforts. 
 
With your help, Democrats for Life of America can help to build a nation that is Pro-Life for the Whole Life! Please consider joining the "Grassroots Building Team" to help our efforts!
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WE ARE ATTENDING THE PRO-LIFE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
 
Thank you for supporting our Conference FundThe second annual Pro-Life Women's Conference will be held June 23-25, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. DFLA will be attending as a sponsor because of your support!
 
STATE CHAPTER UPDATE: 
NEWS FROM NEW YORK:
 
The fight for Life is on again in the State of New York, as the "Medical Aid in Dying Act" has been reintroduced in the New York State House.
 
DFLA Board Member Charlie Camosy wrote a great piece for the New York Daily News on why assisted suicide is both morally wrong and against liberal principles of caring for the poor, disadvantaged, and forgotten in society. Check it out! If you are interested in helping out in New York, please visit their website!
 
NEWS FROM COLORADO:DFL of Colorado is having a state chapter meeting at Park Hill Branch Library in Denver, CO. The meeting will be held on Saturday, February 18th, at 10 a.m. If you are located in Colorado and interested in attending, please RVSP on Facebook!
 
NEWS FROM FLORIDA:
 
Democrats For Life Florida State Chapter is looking to reorganize and rebuild! If you are located in Florida and are willing to help our state chapter out, please check out their Facebook page!

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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...