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“Abortion & Social Justice: ‘Prolife Progressive’ is not an Oxymoron”

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I am excited to share with you an essay just published in Commonweal magazine by one of members on the challenges of being a pro-life progressive.   He challenges the hesitancy of many progressives to accept a pro-life position.  Professor Gerald Schlabach of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota writes,
"It should be easy to be a prolife progressive. If we could somehow start from scratch and map out political alliances and coalitions according to the logic of people’s stated values, social-justice advocacy would coalesce with the defense of the unborn at any number of points: a preference for working at the causes, not just the symptoms, of social ills; a commitment to pursuing nonviolent alternatives, even where many see violence as justifiable; a principled suspicion of any rhetorical move that defines human creatures as outside our circle of regard or rights; above all, an insistence on testing all policies according to how they affect the most vulnerable. 
In reality, of course, it is quite hard to be a prolife progressive. The current political cycle offers no shortage of fresh reminders as to why."  
From Professor Gerald Schlabach's essay, "Abortion & Social Justice:  'Prolife Progressive is not an Oxymoron".
Perhaps, like me, you often get frustrated with the hesitancy of our dear friends to commit to being pro-life.  They say, "I am opposed to abortion, but...."  Or they say, "I am not as strongly pro-life as you." 
Professor Schlabach cuts through those hesitancies to articulate why all progressives should embrace pro-life policies.
Please read the article and share it with friends.  It is online now and is in the print edition of Commonweal magazine.
We often hear heated arguments by our Democratic friends about how we shouldn't impose our values on others by telling a woman she shouldn't have a choice, but how often do we hear our friends insist that gun control is critically important?
In this essay, Professor Schlabach explains the inconsistency in a way that I found very helpful and am eager to share.
As you gather with family and friends for the Holidays, I don't suggest you get into an argument over these issues, but you might want to reflect on Professor Schlabach's musings and eventually share his essay with your friends and family. 
It is so important for this type of critical thinking on the sanctity of life and progressive values to become part of the mainstream dialogue.  So I encourage you to please share his analysis in a letter or op ed piece to your local media.
As we see the political scene evolve to one in which more pro-life politicians have won elections over pro-choice candidates, my friends think I should be happy; and in a way, I am hopeful, but as a progressive I am worried about the future of our women, children and men.  
I hope we all resolve in the New Year to fight for a progressive politics that, as Professor Schlabach suggests, "rests on a bedrock moral conviction that we do not solve our social problems by killing the weakest and most vulnerable among us...."
Please join us in changing the political discourse. 
And don't forget to help Democrats like yourself get active.  Speak out through the support of Democrats for Life of America.   Please click here to make a contribution today!
In life,
Janet Robert
President, Democrats for Life of America


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Big Plans in 2017!

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December, 2016

Dear DFLA member:
As we enter the closing days of the year, I wanted to share a recent post from one of our DFLA board members:
…   Tonight I was on an excellent panel at St. Catherine's parish in Riverside, CT, on faith and the common good after the election. As part of my remarks … I made it clear how important it is that we find more and better ways to protect prenatal children and their mothers. 
After the panel, a number of people stayed to talk ….   At a certain point, a man, probably in his 70's, and his son, probably in his 30's, came over. The older man had tears in his eyes as he explained how much it meant to him to have a professor stand up for life and, particularly, the life of his son, who very clearly has Down syndrome. He explained that his wife had died and this was his only son.
About 30 seconds into this father gushing about his boy's accomplishments, the younger man simply grabbed me and hugged me as hard as I've been hugged by anyone. It was a hug that, yes, demonstrated affection and gratitude, but I got the very strong sense that it also came from fear and the need for protection/security.
…  It was one of the most moving moments of my life, and it reminded me why--despite all the challenges and frustrations that come with it--I will never, ever stop fighting for the protection of the most vulnerable from the horrific, barbaric practice of abortion in the United States….
 -Charles Carmosy, Ph.D.    DFLA
His experience reminded me that we must stay and fight within our Party to reach our ultimate goal – the respect and protection of all life. 
As we prepare our budget and plans for next year, we ask that you please consider an end-of-year gift to Democrats for Life of America.  
I’ve included a summary of our “Big ticket”/ important focus areas – National Legislative Initiatives, Pro-Life Democratic Candidacies, Ongoing Party Influence, Integrated Communication Strategies, and more….  
Please consider both the sweeping national initiatives and the quiet human vulnerability on which our efforts are focused.  Thank you in advance for anything you can spare for a year-end gift to Democrats for Life of America. Please click here to make a contribution today!
In life,
Janet Robert
Democrats For Life of America - 2016/2017
2016 Accomplishments
2017 Plans
Actively sponsoring conferences (and manning a table on-site ensures that we are reaching like-minded folks. It is a great membership driver.
Media Presence:
Our members have had greater visibility through commentaries and interviews. When the public hears more voices speak on the sanctity of life, it gives them courage to publicly take a stand.
Conferences where DFLA had a presence:
  1. Life/Peace/Justice Conference, Villanova, PA
  2. Pro-Life Women’s Conference, Dallas, TX
  3. Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Noteworthy Media:
  1. Billboard at DNC Convention.
  2. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op/Ed “Pro-life Democrats need to be more vocal about their beliefs.”
  3. LA Times Op/Ed “How the Democratic platform betrays millions of the party faithful.”
  4. USA Today Op/Ed “Texas law makes women safer: Opposing View”.
Conferences where DFLA would like to have a presence:
  1. March for Life, Washington, DC ($750 - Funded)
  2. Walk for Life West Coast ($75 – Funded) 
  3. Life/Peace/Justice Conference, Fairfax, VA ($500)
  4. Pro-life Women’s Conference, Orlando, FL ($1800) 
  5. National Right to Life Conference , Milwaukee, WI ($1500).
  6. Students for Life, Washington, DC 2018 ($2000).
Total needed: $5800.00  
We made very good headway moving the focus from ending funding for family planning to shifting it away from Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and to facilities, like Community Health Centers, that provide comprehensive healthcare for families. With Republicans in full control, we need to ensure that we preserve and advance support for pregnant women and new mothers.
 Legislative Accomplishments:
  1. Advocated for fully funding Community Health Centers over Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.
  2. Meetings with key legislators to help them understand how perinatal hospice options give families the courage to choose life.
  3. Meetings with legislators to educate them on paid maternity leave.
 Legislative Goals:
  1. Perinatal Hospice.
  2. Increase funding for Pregnancy Assistance Fund (Pregnant Women Support Act).
  3. Paid Maternity Leave
  4. Preserving important life-saving provisions in Obamacare, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Total needed : $10,000.00
Annual Democrats For Life events are critical to uniting pro-life Democrats from around the country. The face-to-face contact and the opportunity to share ideas are invaluable.
We have some wonderful volunteers, but we desperately need to hire additional staff to help with our growing pains. Our numbers continue to grow, and we need more help to do a better job promoting our united message. Every day we receive e-mails and calls from people wanting to build or help with activities in their state.
  1. In the spring of 2016, in New Orleans, we held our annual conference to unite pro-life Democrats. It was wonderful to bring people from all over the country together to share ideas and learn about building an organization in their area.
  1. We also created a volunteer database and now have an exceptional group of volunteers to help with website updates, graphic design, editing, and writing. Out database also allows us to communicate more easily with members and provide updated information more easily to state volunteer coordinators.
  1. Our State Chapter Conference will bring us back to Philadelphia the weekend of April 1, We need to raise seed money to reserve space and for other pre-conference expenses. ($3,000)
  1. Our goal in 2017 is to hire a State Chapter Coordinator to build our grassroots movement. Every week, we receive queries about activities across the country. ($40,000)
Total needed: $43,000.00

Consider DFLA on #Giving Tuesday!

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November 29, 2016
Democrats For Life of America 
10521 Judicial Drive, #200
Fairfax, VA 22030 
Today is the big day: #GivingTuesday - a worldwide day of charitable giving. And, at Democrats For Life of America, we need your help big time.
On this national day of giving, please go here
We have a quarterly goal of $12,600.00. We need $11,968.00 to reach that goal to ensure that in the next 3 months we will be able to carry forward the PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATIC message to all elected officials on the Hill, at the March for Life and around the country.

Because you are likely a whole life/consistent ethic of life Democrat, I am sure you’ve seen a few e-mails about this big day from your local Food Bank or Conservancy...... But can I take a minute to make the case of a gift to Democrats for Life?
  • DFLA is doing work that no one one else is doing: starting and equipping pro-life Democrats throughout the country with a message of hope for our party.
  • With the election loss fresh on our minds, NOW is the time to wake up the Democratic Party to the inherent reasonableness of a pro-life party position. We can and must act to speak up now when the party is in the midst of regrouping.
  • Unlike NARAL, whose executive is now seeking to be head of the Democratic Party, our team is made up of largely volunteers. Our entire payroll is a fraction of that of a single NARAL executive. You can be assured that we will use your donation wisely and effectively, including stopping the NARAL head from becoming the DNC Chair!
I hope you consider making as large of a gift as you can today and help us reach our goal!!
Remember every dollar you give makes a difference! Please consider a contribution today by clicking here.
Thank you for our support and consideration.
Kristen Day
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America 

It's time to add a fourth pro-life Democrat to the U.S. Senate!

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Pro-Life Democrat for U.S. Senate Endorsement!
November 19, 2016
Foster Campbell
Candidate Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate from Louisiana
Election is December 10, 2016
It's time to add a fourth pro-life Democrat to the U.S. Senate!
Support Foster Campbell in his bid to become the fourth pro-life Democrat in the U.S. Senate
     As pro-life Democrats, we have only one opportunity this election season to support a pro-life candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, and that is now in Louisiana, where Foster Campbell, a pro-life Democrat, is on the ballot on December 10th
     That is why we are endorsing Foster Campbell for the U.S. Senate Seat!
   The Democratic Party targeted 12 U.S. Senate seats for pick-up in 2016, but they managed to win only two, which is not surprising to us because all their candidates were pro-choice and frequently running in midwestern seats where their positions were out of sync with the values of people they would represent.
   As a pro-life Democrat, I hope you will join me in supporting Foster Campbell, the one U.S. Senate Democratic candidate this election season who supports our values.
   To learn more about Foster Campbell, you can visit his website at
   Although Foster Campbell’s opponent Kennedy claims to be pro-life, he has never taken a vote on it. In fact, Kennedy told the New Orleans Times-Picayune when he was state treasurer that he supported abortion. He was 39 years old. Old enough to know better.  Kennedy said, “I saw it in 1991 as a libertarian issue: Who is best able to make that decision, people or the government?” 
   See what others are saying about the urgency of this race:  
Democrats have one final shot to flip a Senate seat:  "Democrats have one final shot to flip a Senate seat -- but in order to pull off an upset, they need to quickly rally around the Louisiana candidate whose victory could be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year. Public Service Commissioner – and jovial cattle farmer – Foster Campbell will face off against Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy, a twice-failed Senate candidate, in a Dec. 10 runoff.  On the surface, it might seem like a lost cause: A Democrat running a statewide campaign in Louisiana in the Year of Trump. On the contrary, though, Campbell has a legitimate shot to upset his opponent the same way Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards did in 2015." 
The Hill, 11/14/16
Democrats can't write off the last senate race:
"Local experts give Kennedy a large advantage.
On the other hand ... Democrat John Bel Edwards easily won Louisiana's gubernatorial election just last year. Runoff elections are typically very-low-turnout affairs, where strong passions on one side can produce unusual outcomes -- and it's certainly possible that a reaction for or against Trump's election could produce an unexpected one-sided turnout surge. National Democrats are apparently playing down the election, which has received practically no attention at all in the national media. I think that's an odd choice."
Bloomberg News, 11/16/2016
The Blue Dog faces a flip-flopper in Louisiana Senate race:  "On the surface, this race looks like a lock for four-term Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy. The national GOP machine has rolled in to deliver its final kill of 2016, and all the talking heads have gone ahead and called it for him.  That sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  It wasn’t but a few days ago that people were saying the same thing about Hillary Clinton. Just last year, we heard that kind of talk in a governor’s race that saw Democrat John Bel Edwards pull off an upset victory." 
The Hill, 11/17/2016 
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Not All Bad News

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DFLA Newsletter
November, 2016
The Pro-Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
Statement by Kristen Day 
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
When Republicans nominated the most unpopular candidate for president since Barry Goldwater, pundits believed it was a sure thing that Democrats would retake the United States Senate. Rather than appeal to independents and soft Republicans, Democrats continued with a losing strategy.
They nominated a slate of U.S. Senate candidates – many of whom lost their own re-elections just six years ago –  who believe in late-term abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion. The national Democratic message stressed the importance of nominating pro-choice Supreme Court justices and repealing the Hyde Amendment. It once again backfired in purple states.
Our party should not be content being a coastal party and needs to recognize that the bi-coastal messaging does not play in the heartland. Candidates matter. And if the Democratic Party continues to run radically pro-choice candidates in pro-life states, we will never win a majority of seats in the U.S. Senate.
During the Democratic National Convention, Democrats for Life of America issued the “Open the Big Tent” report, which lays out the correlation between the decline of the pro-life Democratic members of Congress and the total number of Democratic members. We thought these numbers could not go any lower, but this election cycle produced three more Republican governors, giving Republicans their highest number in history.
The Democratic Party needs to win again so that a united party can fight for the party’s key economic issues that sustained it in the past:  the right to organize labor, the minimum wage, and Social Security.  Pro-life and pro-choice Democrats can work together to achieve these goals. 
But we cannot do that as a minority party.  We must do three things to win again:
  • Change the party platform to acknowledge our pro-life members and to protect religious conscience
  • Resurrect the “fifty state strategy” while recruiting candidates who reflect their districts’ values
  • Eliminate the litmus test for pro-life candidates.
The last four election cycles have taught us this:
It is time for the Democratic Party to return to its economic and human- rights roots as exemplified by former pro-life Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who said, “The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
There were 6 million fewer Democratic voters in 2016 than in 2012. Many of those voters were people I spoke with or have heard from over the past few months. They are concerned that our party has lost its way. They expressed hesitancy about supporting a candidate who supported late-term abortions. They were looking for other options.
We call on our Democratic Party to be representative of the one-third of our members who define themselves as pro-life and to open the big tent to every American who feels politically homeless after this divisive campaign. If we bring pro-life Democrats home in 2020, we can take back the White House. 
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We held our monthly conference call with state leaders this past Wednesday. It was wonderful to hear the successes of some of our pro-life democrat candidates around the nation. We wanted to share some of our victories.
LA: Foster Campbell is headed to a run off in the U.S. Senate race
LA: Sharon Weston Broome is headed to a run off for Mayor of Baton Rouge.
MI: Brian Elder defeated a Planned Parenthood endorsed candidte in the primary and won the general for the State House seat.
MI: DLFA Member and supporter Victor Celentino won re-election for County Commission. 
MA: We can now call State Representative Walter Timilty State Seantor-elect.
NY: DFLA heros State Senator Ruben Diaz and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, who led the effort to defeat Governor Cuomo's aboriton expation effort, both won handily.
PA: Many victories in Pennsylvania. More on this state in a future e-mail.
RI: Numberous victories in Rhode Island. We will have a full list in a future e-mail.
Did a pro-life democrat win in your state? Please let us know!
Buy Tickets Today for the March for Life Breakfast! 
NEW DATE: March for Life (1-27-2017)
Due to the Inauguration, the March for Life in D.C. has been pushed back one week to January 27, 2017. You can purchase your tickets here.
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