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PARTY OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEEDS TO OPEN THE BIG TENT TO PRO-LIFE VOTERS

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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

SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST TEXAS ABORTION LAW

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Focus Must Now be on Compassion and Support
for Alternatives to Abortion
 
Democrats for Life of America
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT: Kristen Day
June 27, 2016                                                                  703-424-6663
 
Washington, DC: The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in the Whole Women’s Health case means that the health of women will be less important than the profits of abortion facilities.
 
“This ruling does not protect women; instead it makes it more likely that we will have more Kermit Gosnells,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of the Democrats For Life of America.Article Image
 
Whole Women’s Health sued Texas officials after the state passed a law that sets minimum safety requirements for abortion facilities. The law ensured that women would see doctors with hospital admitting privileges, in case of an emergency, and that abortion facilities would have the same standards as any other surgical centers. Rather than comply with these health-related provisions, Texas abortion providers filed suit. The DFLA filed an amicus brief taking the side of women.
 
Had standards like those in Texas been in effect in Philadelphia, they would have made it much harder for Kermit Gosnell to run his horrific abortion mill that took the lives of women and born babies. Gosnell, whose case was the inspiration for the Texas law that sought to protect women, was convicted in 2013, on three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive during abortion procedure, and on one count of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Karnamaya Monga. Monga was reportedly given a lethal dose of anesthesia by Gosnell’s staff.
 
“Gosnell, while an extreme case, is the reason we can’t simply trust abortion facilities to care about women. They have to be under some form of government oversight,” Day said. “Ever since the New Deal, Democrats have fought to ensure that the people’s elected representatives have room to regulate powerful economic interests to protect people’s safety and health,” Day said. “But the Court, and leaders in the Democratic Party, now have dropped that tradition when the economic interest involves the abortion industry.  We believe it is time for a new women’s movement that will end the systemic cultural oppression of women through the promotion of abortion.”
 
The Whole Women’s Health argument claimed that Texas was harming women by setting safety standards and requiring the doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at the nearest hospital.
 
“How can such standards be considered an ‘undue burden’ to abortion when even the National Abortion Federation recommends that women choose a doctor who can admit them to a nearby hospital?” Day said. “Five unelected judges have now blocked these particular safety measures, but there are different laws on the books in many states that have been upheld by the Courts. State regulators must vigorously enforce those protections for women,” Day added.
 
DFLA has been at the forefront of really helping women by advocating measures that protect life, and that support women and children's health. DFLA was able to help add the Pregnancy Assistance Fund to the Affordable Care Act, making sure that expectant and parenting mothers have a network of support to gain access to health care, child care, family housing, and other critical services.
 
“This decision also makes it all the more important for us to provide compassion and support to women in unintended pregnancies. We know that there are abortion facilities that are unsafe. We need to double our efforts to provide alternatives to abortion.”
 
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Democrat Bel Edwards Follows Through on Whole Life Promises

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May 24, 2016
CONTACT: Kristen Day (202) 220-3066

Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards is showing the nation what a Whole Life Democrat looks like, signing laws to extend Medicaid and to protect the health of women.

“Governor Edwards represents the future of the Democratic Party,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America.  “We cannot ignore any person who needs assistance, whether it be access to health care or the protection of the right to life.”

Bel Edwards made being a Pro-Life (Whole Life) Democrat part of his campaign for governor, and he followed through on his promises once he took office in January.  The day after being sworn in, Bel Edwards signed an executive order expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 300,000 Louisiana residents.

On May 19th, he signed into law two new protections for women.  The first requires that all doctors who perform abortions be board-certified either in obstetrics and gynecology or in family medicine, or that the doctors be certifiable in these fields.  The law is intended to protect women from dangerous abortion mills run by unqualified staff.

The other protection extends the waiting period for women seeking abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours.  This additional time affords women the opportunity to reflect and make a real choice, without being pressured into an abortion.

“Many women are coerced into abortion because they believe it is their only choice,” said Day. “As Democrats, we should be seeking more ways to provide support and opportunity for women to carry their children to term, not advocating for unsafe abortion.”

By protecting the poor and the vulnerable, Bel Edwards shows what a Whole Life Democrat administration can do, and why this type of leadership is so needed in the Democratic Party right now.

“Americans are tired of having two parties that don’t represent their beliefs.  There are more than 20 million Pro-Life (Whole Life) Democrats ready to fight for a candidate who shares their commitment to freedom and justice, security and prosperity, equality and community, and hope and progress,” said. Day.

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DFLA to Trump: Support, Don't Punish, Women

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March 31, 2016
CONTACT: Kristen Day (202) 220-3066

During another incoherent media appearance – incoherent and contradictory media appearances seem to be hallmarks of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – the former reality TV star and leading contender for the GOP nomination said that women who get abortions should be punished.

“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump told Chris Matthews during the taping of an MSNBC town hall event.

It’s well established that Trump is a misogynist, and his clueless comments about abortion show that he is not really pro-life. Only a fraud pretending to be pro-life would say something like this comment because he thinks that’s what his followers want to hear. Sadly, his comments reflect his empty posturing on abortion.

The GOP for decades has been the party that opposes abortion, while at the same time ignoring or opposing policy changes to support pregnant women that would ultimately reduce the number of abortions.

Women don’t need to be punished. They need jobs. Their families need jobs paying family living wages. They need greater access to affordable healthcare. They need paid family leave. They need affordable childcare. A woman needs to know that she doesn’t have to choose between her baby and her education or career.

Trump’s ugly statement calling simply for punishment, while never mentioning support for women and children, is a more extreme version of the GOP’s position that wants to end abortion without providing a social safety net.

The mainstream Democratic Party needs to pay attention. Pro-lifers are waking up to the fact that they no longer have a home in the GOP. Democrats need to embrace the Whole Life philosophy that provides protection from conception to natural death, which would give millions of voters a voice – and a real choice.

Women deserve better: DFLA joins Texas in Supreme Court case

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

February 12, 2016
CONTACT: Kristen Day (202) 220-3066

Women deserve clean, safe, and effective health care.  That’s why Democrats For Life of America is filing an amicus brief siding with the state of Texas in the fight to protect women.

"I am a Democrat because I believe that the government has a responsibility to put people first, to protect their interests, and to promote safe working environments, a livable wage, and safety in medical facilities,” said Kristen Day, executive director of DFLA.  “The Texas law is a model of Democratic values, putting the protection and safety of women over corporate interests.”

The United States Supreme Court soon will hear arguments in the case brought by Whole Women’s Health against Texas officials after the state passed a law setting minimum safety requirements for abortion clinics.  Rather than make sure that women could see doctors with hospital admitting privileges and that abortion clinics would have the same standards as any other surgical clinic, Texas abortion providers shut their businesses and filed suit.

 “The opponents of the law are more interested in limiting government oversight and in preventing adequate regulation of a business that is built around persuading women to end the lives of their unborn children,” said Day.  “If they cared about women, they would invest in meeting the safety standards set by the law and ensuring that no clinic of any kind will operate like Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors.’”

The legislation was introduced in response to the discovery of an unregulated abortion clinic in Pennsylvania operated by Kermit Gosnell.  He was convicted of 3 counts of murder, 21 felony counts of performing illegal abortions, and 211 counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law.  The Whole Women’s Health argument claims that Texas is harming women by setting safety standards.  Sadly, this is the view of too many in the Democratic Party.

“That’s right, an attempt to protect women is being spun by abortion extremists as somehow harming women,” said Day.  “The Democratic Party is too focused on catering to the abortion industry to see that helping women and their families is the right call.” 

 DFLA has been at the forefront of helping women, pushing for measures that protect unborn life and that support women’s and children's health.  DFLA was able to help get the Pregnancy Assistance Fund included in the Affordable Care Act, making sure that expectant and parenting mothers have a network of support to help them gain access to health care, child care, family housing, and other critical services.  DFLA also supports paid family leave, affordable child care, and other programs to help pregnant mothers and parenting families.

DFLA is joined by the National Legal Foundation on the amicus brief, written by Foundation attorney Steven W. Fitschen.  The National Legal Foundation is a pro-life, pro-women public interest law firm that believes the health of women is critically important.

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To read the Amicus Brief, please click here.

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