DFLA Urges Pro-Life Senator Casey to Reconsider Support for Abortion-Rights Group

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April 30, 2019

CONTACT: Kristen Day

(703) 424-6663

Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) urges U.S Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to reconsider his support for the abortion-rights group EMILY's List. Senator Casey attended an annual fundraising gala for EMILY's List last Thursday. The gala celebrated the victories of putting more pro-choice women in office, and EMILY's List will use the fundraising proceeds to elect more pro-choice women.

“We appreciate Senator Casey’s pro-life votes – most recently, voting to provide health care to unwanted children who survive an abortion attempt,” said Kristen Day, the executive director of DFLA. “However, you cannot claim to be for something and then turn around and support a group that stands directly against those ideals.”

EMILY's List does not exist to support Democrats, but to support only abortion rights and exclusively female candidates who support abortion rights. DFLA exists to support pro-life Democrats, as Senator Casey has declared himself to be as recently as his last re-election in 2018 when we proudly supported his candidacy. 

“We share the senator's support for electing more Democrats. But that can be done without compromising his pro-life position,” said Day. “We urge the senator to support and be a voice for pro-life candidates, who often find our party not very welcoming and are often told to change their position in exchange for support from the party.”

EMILY’s List would like to silence or eliminate the pro-life voice within the party and will target pro-life Democrats for defeat despite the eventual outcome that a non-Democrat could win the race.

  • In 2017, then-frontrunner and pro-life Democrat Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello was pressured by abortion-rights groups to subvert his pro-life record. Mello was expected to win until abortion became a significant issue in the race.  He lost to a pro-life Republican.
  • The abortion lobby also helped flip the Nebraska 2 seat from blue to red when they helped oust Democratic incumbent Brad Ashford, who had a moderate record on abortion, with a pro-abortion-rights challenger. The Republican, Don Bacon, won the general.
  • And EMILY’s List was part of an abortion-rights coalition that spent millions in an attempt to defeat incumbent veteran Congressman Dan Lipinski in 2018.

“EMILY’s List is exclusive and radical.  At the end of the day, our party will suffer,” said Day. “If we, as a party, allowed members to be pro-life and vote that way, we could win more seats. We ask Senator Casey to help us with that message and to create an inclusive winning strategy.”

Democrats For Life Proud to Endorse Dana Outlaw for NC-3

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CONTACT: Kristen Day

(703) 424-6663

April 22, 2019                                                                                   


WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) has announced its endorsement of Dana Outlaw in the Democratic Party primary for the 3rd Congressional District of North Carolina. The organization cited his commitment to whole-life principles.

“Dana Outlaw will be a consistent and reliable whole-life advocate in Congress,” said Kristen Day, the executive director of DFLA. “He will not only protect pre-born children but also support policies that give pregnant women real choices. He is a voice for the voiceless and all those who need assistance.”

In announcing his candidacy, Outlaw vowed to work across party lines for the good of the people. He proved his ability to put the people above partisanship after his community of New Bern was devastated by Hurricane Florence. Outlaw worked with the Trump Administration, FEMA, and Congress to secure valuable support to rebuild his community.

“Dana Outlaw has proven that he cares about community and family,” said Day. “His work to promote the well-being of all the members of his community following Hurricane Florence is consistent with whole-life values.”

DFLA supports whole-life policies that advocate for protecting life at all stages of human development and supporting legislation that gives families real choices to live full lives in their communities. DFLA was the only pro-life group to support the Affordable Care Act, and their pro-life Democratic leaders in Congress advocated successfully to remove pregnancy as a pre-existing condition and to add incentives for states to come up with innovative ways to lower the abortion rate through support for pregnant women. DFLA also opposes abortion, the death penalty, and assisted suicide.

“I’m honored to receive an endorsement by Democrats for Life,” said Dana Outlaw. I realize that being a pro-life Democrat will be a rarity in the Democratic caucus, but I see it as an advantage. “In Congress, I’ll use my unique position to bring Democrats and Republicans together to push for better pre-natal health care, and for policies that support the mother and the child after birth.”



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Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D-County of Fairfax–Part) introduced abortion legislation that would put Virginia on the map with one of the most permissive abortion policies in the nation. 

Fortunately, the proposed legislation failed in committee.
If you have not seen the video, you can watch it here.

The Virginia proposed legislation would:

  • eliminate current law, which requires that 2nd-trimester abortions be performed “in a hospital licensed by the State Department of Health or operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services.”
  • eliminate the current requirement that “two consulting physicians certify” that a woman's mental or physical health would be impaired by abortion, leaving the abortionist to make the decision alone;
  • eliminate the words “substantially and immediately” prior to “impair the mental or physical health of the woman,” which would, in effect, allow minor health reasons to justify an abortion;
  • eliminate the ultrasound requirement and an opportunity for the woman to view the ultrasound;
  • eliminate any waiting periods;
  • eliminate the requirement for informed consent about the abortion procedure, including deleting from current law the requirement that a woman be provided “reasonable and comprehensible medical explanation of the nature, benefits, and risks of the alternatives to the proposed protocols to be followed in her particular case";
  • eliminate the requirement that a woman be told the probable gestational age of her fetus; and
  • eliminate classifying facilities that perform five or more abortions as hospitals for purposes of setting minimum safety standards.


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“Unwanted” babies should receive the same health care as “wanted” babies

Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) urges the United States Senate to reconsider the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act with modified language to provide counseling and information about adoption.

“It was a sad day yesterday when the party of health care for all voted against providing health care to babies who are unwanted,” said Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats For Life of America. “It was clear that a majority of Democratic senators failed to read the bill’s actual text and relied on the factually challenged abortion lobby’s talking points. We are grateful to Senators Casey, Jones, and Manchin for upholding the values of the Democratic Party and voting yes.”

The proposed legislation would extend the right to health care to babies who survive an abortion attempt. Additionally, it would extend civil remedies to a woman who was “wronged” because the doctor delivered a living baby instead of a dead one. A majority of Democratic senators argued that the bill infringed on a woman’s right to abortion and that the abortion decision should be left between a woman and her doctor.

“Democrats were confused about the bill’s actual text, which clarified that the right to health care should not exclude an “unwanted baby” who survives an abortion attempt,” said Day. “The bill did not mention Roe v. Wade, or abortion regulation, or interfere with a woman’s right to abortion.”

Under the proposed legislation, abortion doctors would be required to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health-care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”  

“Medical miracles happen, and babies like Melissa OhdenGianna Jessen, and Claire Culwell beat the odds and lived following an abortion attempt,” Day said. They were the lucky ones. Many babies born alive did not receive the same standard of care as we would provide to every other person.”

Democrats For Life of America encourages the Senate to modify the current version to provide more than civil remedies to the woman wronged by the abortion attempt. DFLA encourages Democrats to work with Senator Ben Sasse to add language to provide both counseling and adoption options for the woman so that her baby will have an opportunity to be placed within a loving home.

“We strongly urge Congress to continue to keep this issue in the light, to strengthen it and try again,” said Day. “Abortion doctors have become more proficient about executing the child in the womb, but there are cases of babies surviving. Those who say they believe in health care for all need to mean it.”


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