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DFLA condemns presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's comments on abortion

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For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:
Kristen Day
Executive Director, DFLA
Phone: 703-424-6663
Email address: kday@democratsforlife.org
 
Democratic activist group condemns Joe Biden's extreme comments on abortion:
“Joe Biden is out of touch with a majority of Democrats.”
 
WASHINGTON,D.C. April 29, 2020 – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) condemned comments by Joe Biden Tuesday describing abortion as an “essential health care service.”
 
In a virtual event where he was endorsed by Hillary Clinton, Biden said: “States should not be using a public health crisis to infringe on a woman’s constitutional right.”
 
With these comments, he supported the decision of some governors to carve out an explicit exemption for abortion from a general ban on elective procedures.
 
“Joe Biden is out of touch with a majority of Democrats,” said Executive Director Kristen Day. “The public understands that PPE needs to be preserved to protect lives in this crisis. This is why we are stopping elective procedures. We are disturbed that our presumptive nominee supports the extreme actions of some governors to carve out an exception for the abortion industry. This exemption is based on the corporate interests of the abortion industry - not science. Until recently, the entire medical profession was aligned on the fact that abortion is almost always elective. Encyclopedia Britannica notes that “most abortions in the United States” are elective - not essential.”
 
“Abortion procedures threaten life by consuming PPE and medical resources at a time that some overwhelmed hospitals are struggling to meet basic requirements. For example, some abortion procedures require protective eyewear - a commodity at risk according to the CDC. Moreover, abortion staffers are needed on the frontline to save lives: not snuffing out the life of a pre-born child. Further, gathering people in abortion clinics for elective procedures risks contagion.”
 
Recent surveys have revealed a shortage of PPE currently used at abortion clinics, including gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer.
 
Joe Biden’s position in favor of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand is out of line with the views of rank-and-file Democrats. Polling from January shows that 44% of Democrats would prefer to vote for a candidate supporting significant restrictions on abortion. 76% of Democrats believe that laws can protect both a woman and her pre-born child.
 
"We urge Joe Biden to reconsider his movement toward embracing abortion as a common good and return to his Catholic roots that respect and protect all human life," said Day.
 
 
Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to educate Democrats at the local, state, and national levels on pro-life policies, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform and support legislation that fosters respect for all human life. Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life, an international network for peace, justice, and life.They are the leading voice for 21 million Pro-Life Democrats in the United States of America.
 
 

USA Today Op-Ed by DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day Published

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Democrats For Life of America
01/30/2020

Democrats for Life of America Executive Director Kristen Day recently wrote an op-ed describing her experience in attempts to get the opinions of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates. It was published in USA Today, and you can read it by clicking the link below.

Executive Director Kristen Day writes Op-Ed for USA Today:
"I'm the pro-life Democrat who confronted Pete Buttigieg. He's pushing out valuable voters."

Kristen Day is the executive director of Democrats For Life of America. Follow her on Twitter: @ProLifeDem

 

Democrats For Life of America Proud to Endorse Collin Peterson (MN-07) for Re-Election

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Democrats for Life of America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT: Kristen Day

January 30, 2020                                                                               (703) 424-6663

Democrats For Life of America Proud to Endorse Collin Peterson for Re-Election

WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) has announced its proud endorsement of Collin Peterson (MN-07) for re-election. The organization cited his active leadership in the U.S. Congress and his longstanding independent voice for putting the good of the people in his district first.

“Congressman Peterson has been a solid and reliable pro-life vote,” said Kristen Day, executive director of DFLA. “Furthermore, he has done a tremendous job establishing himself as a representative of his district and not the Washington establishment. The consistents of the 7th Congressional District can be assured that he puts them first with each and every vote.”

As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, he consistently protected the farms in his district and around the nation crafting the 2008 Farm Bill and a coalition to pass it. He has also had an established record of working across party lines for the good of the people. He proved his ability to put the people above partisanship.

“The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) should really be honest about their goals – to elect Republicans,” said Day. “The Constituents of the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota should judge Congressman Peterson on his record, not on the skewed opinion of the NRTL who clearly values Republican votes over legislative leaders.”

According to Open Secrets, the National Right to Life Committee has not supported Democratic candidates since 2010 when they spent $3,204 to support Democratic candidates, which dwarfed the $2.1 million spent for Republican candidates and $22,860 spent against Democratic candidates.

“Pro-life voters need to rally behind Congressman Peterson and trust him and his record.,” said Day. “Without his valued voice within the Democrat Caucus, it silences us in the Pro-Life movement collectively.”

News Coverage: Democrats for Life of America Executive Director confronts 2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg on Democratic Platform on Abortion

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

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Check out these articles of coverage from 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg's Iowa Town Hall on Fox News, where Democrats for Life of America Executive Director Kristen Day asked a pertinent question to Mayor Buttigieg about whether he would allow Pro-Life Democrats into the party, and would consider softening the Democratic National Committee platform language surrounding abortion:

01/28/2020 - America Magazine "Will pro-life Democratic voters be courted in the 2020 Primary? It's not likely."

01/28/2020 - National Review "Mayor Pete Dodges The Question, Again."

01/27/2020 - Fox News Pro-life Dem clashes with Buttigieg at Town Hall: "We don't belong."

01/27/2020 - Catholic News Agency "We've had enough:' Pro-Life Democrat blasts Mayor Pete."

01/27/2020 - The Federalist "Pro-Life Democrat Voter Confronts Pete Buttigieg At Fox News Town Hall."

 

Democrats For Life of America Applauds Congress’ Passage of Paid Family Leave for Federal Workers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Media Contact: Kristen Day, Executive Director, DFLA

Phone: 703-424-6663

Email address: kday@democratsforlife.org

Washington DC, December 16, 2019 – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) commends the passage by Congress of a guarantee of 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal workers as part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.

“This is an excellent step forward in ensuring a whole-life culture in our country,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life. “The United States is currently one of only a handful of nations that do not ensure paid family leave by law.”

The existing family leave law, the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), signed into law by President Bill Clinton, guarantees workers only unpaid family leave (up to 12 weeks) after the birth of a child. The new law will guarantee paid leave for the roughly 2 million workers employed by the federal government nationwide.

“The time off under the FMLA was only a first step,” said Day. “This bill, which is long overdue, will help working men and women during a critical time with their newborn by providing financial security to focus on this new precious life.”

DFLA, the leading voice for the 21 million Americans who identify as Democrats and pro-life, has supported several proposals in Congress that would extend paid leave further to working families in private industry, including a proposal by Rep. Rosa DeLaura (D-CT) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). DFLA is reviewing a bipartisan bill by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). and a proposal by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Ivanka Trump has also stated that she views paid family leave as a priority and a six-week paid leave proposal was included in President Trump’s budget.

“It is encouraging to see efforts and proposals from both sides of the aisle to provide more support to new parents,” said Day “Paid leave will impact millions of families across the nation, and help build up a culture of life. We urge Congress to continue to push forward and provide this benefit to millions of Americans who work in the private sector.” 

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