The Pro-Life Case for Ending the Shutdown

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October 7, 2013

“As individuals who support and endorse a whole life philosophy, we strongly urge the Republicans in the House - particularly those who share our commitment to the unborn – to end the budget showdown over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and work toward a budget that protects the sanctity of life at all levels.

Democrats for Life of America applauds the implementation of the (ACA).  Under the ACA, people with debilitating diseases—once considered uninsurable due to pre-existing conditions—can now receive life-saving health coverage.  Pregnant women are receiving essential care. And those who could not afford insurance are now eligible for preventive care that once was out of reach.

At the same time, we must point out that the ongoing shutdown of the federal government deprives many pregnant women of the WIC vouchers that ensure they get enough milk, protein, vegetables, and fruit to ensure the health of their unborn children.  And cancer patients—many of whom are children—have been blocked from receiving time-sensitive and potentially life-saving care at National Institutes of Health facilities.


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Democrats for Life of America


Contact: Kristen Day -202-220-3066


June 24, 2013

Washington, DC – This week, Democrats For Life of America filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the freedom of pro-life sidewalk counselors to continue to offer alternatives to women seeking abortions. The case, McCullen v. Coakley, involves a Massachusetts law that imposes a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinic entryways and driveways, violating the First Amendment rights of counselors to communicate information about support and alternatives and the right of women willing to receive such information.


“We often hear in the political battlefield about the protecting a women’s right to choose,” said Day.  “Many women who visit clinics do not think there is an option other than abortion.  The petitioners offer financial support, food, housing, health care and other information and support to provide women with a real choice.”




The brief was joined by Clergy for Better Choices, a network of pastors and church leaders concerned about the high abortion rates in the New York City metropolitan area, especially among minority communities.  The brief emphasizes studies that indicate that a significant number of women seek abortion with ambivalence and are driven to abortion because of concerns about “personal finances, housing, health care, and lack of parenting training.”  Studies also show that poor women are over-represented among those having abortions.

Remembering Lindy Boggs

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Over the past month, we have seen many tributes written about the inspirational and humble Lindy Boggs. The personal stories and memorials honor her career and her character as a legislator, a mother, a mentor, and a friend. She passed away on July 27, 2013 at the age of 97.

We are all greatly inspired by her many accomplishments and her advocacy for women's rights and civil rights. I was surprised, however, not to hear more about her pro-life views. She clearly opposed abortion, but I was expecting a great quote or an inspirational speech espousing the reasons she opposed abortion. It could have been that the media decided not to focus or acknowledge her position as a pro-life Democrat.

As I read the many tributes, I began to realize that while the many tributes did not mention her opposition to abortion, they did not need to say anything. She did not need some grand explanation because her whole life position was so clear. She understood what many pro-life advocates fail to recognize today: there is more to opposing abortion than putting arguments in a political advertisement or using a sound bite to win an election. Lindy Boggs represented and voted a whole-life philosophy, not for political reasons or to gain an advantage, but because she believed that life was valuable. She understood the necessity of providing tools for families to prosper and succeed.

She possessed an understanding that women and families who faced unplanned pregnancies and single mothers raising children needed more support. She voted, lived, and acted with kindness, always extending a helping hand or advocating for a legislative initiative that would help and support people.


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