DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE RESPONDS TO REP. JAYAPAL’S CALL FOR ABORTION LITMUS TEST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2019
CONTACT: Kristen Day
Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) opposes the Progressive Caucus’ call to enforce an abortion litmus test on its members. In a letter to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day explained why pro-life Democrats should not be expelled from the party and requested a meeting to discuss further why inclusion is necessary.
Day explained, “We believe that the government has a responsibility to protect ALL those who need assistance,” and she referred to former Vice President Humbert Humphrey’s quotation about the moral test of government:
“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
Day continued, “Pro-life Democrats have varying reasons for why we include life in the womb as worthy of governmental protection and support, but we are united in supporting a robust social safety net and other assistance to families who need it. We oppose cuts to programs that provide assistance, and we support a living wage so that families can provide for their needs. We also believe that health care is a right. DFLA was the ONLY pro-life organization to support the Affordable Care Act, and we defended it as a pro-life accomplishment.”
Pro-life Democrats have been crucial to promoting Democratic values in health care, Medicaid expansion, equal pay for women, and other Democratic policies.
Day also reminded Congresswoman Jayapal: “We are a party of diversity and inclusion. We seek to include people who have been disenfranchised, those who have been left out, and those who believe that no one is fighting for them. Any effort to exclude people based on their beliefs – whether they be for scientific, religious, or personal reasons – goes directly against our big-tent-party policy.