DFLA STATE CHAPTER CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA -- A SUCCESS!
On April 1st and 2nd, Democrats For Life of America held its 2nd State Chapter Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Penn Cardinal Newman Center. Seven panels were held, and a good contingent of Pro-Life Democrats from Pennsylvania and neighboring states were in attendance.
First, we would like to thank all of the speakers who attended the conference:
The panelists were exceptional and encouraging. Democrats For Life is a Whole Life organization, and the first two panels talked about breaking the stereotypes of Pro-Lifers, including how our movement started as a liberal movement, and how the Pro-Life position is not solely tied to Republican Party politics. You can support both pregnant mother and child, and there are many different Pro-Life faces. You can be against the death penalty, abortion, and war. These positions are not mutually exclusive.
One of the most encouraging panels was from Amy Grace Miller of the Philadelphia Pro-Life Union, who runs Guiding Star Home, and Amy Ford of the organization Embrace Grace. Both are working directly with pregnant women, who deserve respect and support – not shame and pressure to abort.
Our very own Kristen Day spoke about legislative opportunities and challenges, and how the Pro-Life Movement can move forward at the federal level through legislation passed by Congress. On the same panel, DFLA Board Member Charlie Camosy talked about the best strategies for the Pro-Life Movement going forward, and he cited statistics indicating that despite popular belief, fewer than 1% of women who got abortions felt that their relationships with their partners improved, felt better about themselves, or felt more control in their lives. On the flip side, 62% of women who got abortions felt they were unable to forgive themselves, and 15% of women experienced post-traumatic stress disorder.
Our Pro-Life Democratic state legislators shared how difficult it is to be a Pro-Life Democrat and how much pressure there is to change. One of the most important things we can do as Pro-Life Democrats is to support our local elected officials who are Pro-Life Democrats by sending them letters of thanks and encouragement, writing to them, and supporting them at town halls for their positions on supporting life.
In case you missed them, streams of the panels are all available to rewatch on the Democrats for Life of America Facebook page.
Pro-Life Democrats came prepared with many ideas for the conference, and how to move DFLA forward as an organization. We look forward to continue putting up the good fight in the Democratic Party for all human life!
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You may have noticed, from our upcoming events, that DFLA is going places.
Our message will not be heard if we only share it in Washington, DC. We enjoyed holding our annual conference in New Orleans in 2016 and Philadelphia in 2017. The decision for 2018 will be up to you!
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