Judicial

Should Democrats Oppose Michael Boggs?

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I recently watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Michael Boggs, President Obama’s pick for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  As a Democrat, I was appalled by the line of questioning by the Senate Democrats, who never steered away from attacking the pro-life views of the nominee to focus on other issues relevant to his qualifications.

It is one thing for abortion rights groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood to opposed candidates and judges who hold a pro-life position. They hold selfish reasons for doing so. Abortion is their livelihood. It is another thing for senators, who are charged with vetting judicial candidates, to ignore their responsibility and instead represent the minority views of one industry.  

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Case Over False Political Ads Against Pro-Life Democrat Heads to Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the federal case stemming from political ads by the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, a pro-life group heavily tilted toward Republicans, that falsely claimed former Rep. Steve Driehaus, a pro-life Democrat, had voted for taxpayer-funded abortion.

During the 2010 elections, the SBA List initiated ads on billboards and elsewhere claiming that in voting for healthcare reform, then-Rep. Driehaus had “voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion.”  Rep. Driehaus challenged this claim, filing a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission arguing that the SBA List ads violated Ohio’s false-statement laws, which prohibit the making of knowingly or recklessly false statements to influence an election campaign.  The state commission found “probable cause” warranting a full hearing on Driehaus’s complaint.

DFLA Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Religious-Freedom

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Rights to Object to Facilitating Abortions

DFLA filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court" brief in two U.S. Supreme Court cases to support conscience rights of business owners and their corporations.

The brief of Democrats for Life of America and former congressman Bart Stupak, both of whom supported the Affordable Care Act as a whole, focuses on the fact that the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga owners and companies object to facilitating drugs and devices that they reasonably fear may cause termination of a new embryo.

"Our nation has a longstanding and pervasive tradition of accommodating conscientious objections to facilitating abortion," said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life-a tradition that reflects (in the brief word's) "the seriousness of the burden on conscience when the objector is forced to take a human life" through participation in abortion, capital punishment, or euthanasia.  Conscience protections for abortion objectors, the brief argues, frequently "extend to for-profit businesses, not just individuals and non-profit organizations,", and extend "far beyond the case of direct involvement in the performance of the abortion."

DFLA Press Release
DFLA amicus curie brief

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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...