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Pro-Life Dems Honor Gov. Edwards in Philadelphia

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Democrats For Life of America July, 2016
   
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

July 23, 2016

Contact: Kristen Day (703-424-6663)

 

Pro-Life Democrats Going to Philadelphia to Honor

Pro-Life Governor

Releasing Report on Making Room for Pro-Life Democrats

Washington, D.C. – Democrats For Life of America is inviting pro-life Democrats to join in the call for a Big Tent Party at the DNC Convention and releasing its report, “Make Room for Pro-Life Democrats and the Party Wins.” Governor John Bel Edwards is receiving the Governor Casey Whole Life Leadership Award during a special reception at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, July 27.

 

“The future of the Democratic Party is at stake,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of American.  “And, John Bel Edwards shows that Democrats can gain victories in Red States like Louisiana, if the party is willing to reverse course, listen to the voters, and support pro-life candidates.”

 

One in three Democrats are already Pro-Life, and most Americans in the middle support Pro-Life policies, like 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 the country.

Since it 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 US House seats, 13 US Senate seats, and 13 governorships.

 

“We can turn this around by promoting a Whole Life platform that respects people on all side of the abortion questions, and gives room for Pro-Life voters to engage with the party,” said Day. “The current platform elevates abortion to a core value and demands taxpayer funding of abortion both at home and abroad.”

 

Edwards won in Louisiana in large part because he is Pro-Life. Democrats can take victories from Republicans by embracing whole life ideals, and the voters who support that vision.

 

Democrats have made this mistake before, when they tried to shut out Gov. Robert Casey, the staunch Pro-Life leader who wasn’t afraid to buck his party in order to stand for his principles. 

 

“The presidential election race is already beginning to tighten, and the GOP is losing support,” said Day. “Now is the time to reach out and become the party of which all Americans can be proud, not shut the door of a third of its supporters.”

 

The reception starts at 11 a.m. on July 27 in the Symphony Ballroom at the Double Tree by Hilton at the Philadelphia Center City, 237 S. Broad Street. The program will being at 11:30.

 

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Excited! Rep. Katrina Jackson to attend DNC event!

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Democrats For Life of America
July, 2016
   
 
Dear friend,
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to help us print more copies of our report,“Make Room for Pro-Life Democrats and Achieve our Party Goals Nationwide.” As you know, it lays out exactly how excluding pro-life Democrats has hurt the Party and how opening the Big Tent makes us stronger. 
 
I am overwhelmed with gratitude!
 
We will be able to give one copy to every Democrat in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
 
If you would still like to support our work in Philadelphia, we need 4 more $100 sponsors to help underwrite the cost of the event. Please consider this or help by sponsoring a student who would like to attend. Click here to support the event.
 
We are also excited to announce that State Representative Katrina Jackson will be attending our reception in Philadelphia and helping us present the award to Governor John Bel Edwards. She is a pro-life leader in Louisiana who shares the Governors whole life views.
 
I cannot beleive I will be leaving in only 3 days! I will be live tweeting (@prolifdem) from the Convention and also posting on Facebook. So make sure you are following me!
 
Thank you for all your support and kind words.
 
Kristen
Kristen Day
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
Thank you for your suppport!
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Due to your generosity, each of your Senators and Representatives will receive a copy of “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.

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

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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...