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Congressman Lipinski’s Victory is a Big Win for the Big Tent

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Washington, DC: Democrats For Life of America congratulates Congressman Dan Lipinski on his well-deserved Primary win.

Steve Schneck, former Director of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies summed up the victory in an early morning tweet, “Wrongheaded Democrat elites in DC targeted incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski for defeat by a primary opponent. Pro-life Lipinski does not bow to DC activists on abortion. But tonight, with the help of Chicago’s working-class Latinos & African-Americans Lipinski defeated the DC insider.”

“This was a win for the Big Tent Democratic Party,” said Kristen Day, executive director, Democrats For Life of America.

A recent poll before the election by NARAL Pro-choice America showed that women favored Lipinski by 43% to 40% and Hispanic voters by 44% to 33%.  African Americans supported Lipinski by a more considerable margin, 54% to 26%.

The pro-abortion lobby flooded the district with money and volunteers painting Representative Lipinski as a conservative who was out of touch with his district. They pointed to his vote against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although he has been a vocal proponent of affordable healthcare and has opposed every attempt to overturn it. They also painted Dan as anti-immigrant telling voters he supports a border wall, which he clearly stated he did not. The groups used a 2006 vote, supported by a majority of Democrats, including then-Senator Obama to fund a fence along 700 miles of the Mexican border.

“The outside messaging called Dan conservative and not a real Democrat,” said Day. “His record says otherwise with an 88 percent Party loyalty rating and solid lifetime records with labor, education and environmental groups. The race was not about Dan’s record on traditional Democratic values. It was, plain and simple, about abortion and an effort to purify the Democratic Party of pro-life voices.”

The abortion lobby and Super PACs heavily financed Marie Newman's campaign.  The Citizens for a Better Illinois Super PAC controlled by NARAL leadership out of Washington, D.C. raised and spent over a $1 million against Lipinski.  Groups from outside the district also heavily attacked Lipinski. Postcards to Voters targeted Lipinski’s district providing people all over the country with names and address of voters in the 3rd Congressional district, urging voters to support Marie Newman. Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) also called for Lipinski’s defeat and provided his opponent with a contribution from her Super PAC.

"The amount of Democratic resources wasted on this campaign is quite frankly a failure of leadership by the DNC,” said Day. “This would have been the perfect opportunity to step in and say, ‘Congressman Lipinski is a moderate Democrat, who has been with us on many key issues, so our resources would be better used to protect Senate incumbents and fight for victories in purple House seats to give Democrats the House majority.’”

“Democrats have an opportunity to take back the House in November,” said Day,” but the key to winning is a Big Tent approach of inclusion and support for candidates who represent the views of their districts.”

DFLA’s 2018 Scholarship Essay Has Officially Kicked-Off

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For Students age 16 to 26.

Prizes $2500, $1000, and $500.

Runs 15 March to 20 June 2018.

Welcomes Any [or No] Party Affiliation, Any [or No] Political Stance.

Here’s the prompt:
MANY PEOPLE ASSERT THAT THE TERM "PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT" IS CONTRADICTORY. HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO SOMEONE WHO MAKES THIS ASSERTION?

Please Forward, SnapChat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, WhatsApp, etc. to those you think interested. Click here to learn more.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN TO STOP ABORTION EXPANSION IN NEW YORK

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Governor Cuomo is at it again! He is trying to expand abortion in New York.

As you may know, the state of New York has fewer restrictions on abortion than nearly every other state in the nation and almost double the national average of abortions. In fact, 1 in 10 abortions in the United States is performed in New York. But Governor Cuomo wants more.

We need your help to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature to remove the abortion-expansion language from his budget plan once again.

The abortion-expansion measure will do nothing to help women. Combining unfettered access to abortion with the governor’s support for unlimited public funding of abortion does not help women – particularly those forced or coerced into abortion.

The abortion-expansion language would allow late-term abortions and would allow non-doctors to perform abortions in a state that already has one of the highest abortion rates.  And the governor’s 2018-2019 budget proposed public funding for abortion with no cap on expenditures.

Cuomo is carrying the agenda for a minority group of pro-abortion radicals instead of fighting to advance the fundamental rights of women. If the governor were interested in addressing the real needs of women, his first stop would be New York City, where abortions outnumber live births.  He might then realize that it is not access to abortion that women are lacking; it is support to carry their babies to term that women are lacking.

Please help us:

1.) Contribute to our billboard campaign.

2.) Contact Governor Cuomo.

3.) Contact your state senator (if you live in New York).

We stopped this effort before, and we can do it again with your help.

Report from the March for Life!

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DFLA Newsletter
January 24, 2018     
 
The Whole Life Voice Within The Democratic Party
Please consider a contribution today.
 
Your help will go a long way because we genuinely stretch every dollar to make the most impact
 
PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS MARCHED FOR LIFE
by Kristen Day
 
The March for Life never fails to inspire me and give me hope for our future. It is such an uplifting experience to be around thousands of people who have compassion for 
human dignity. We received some much-needed encouragement and support for our message "pro-life for the whole life" and also for remaining in our Democratic Party to fight for those most vulnerable.
 
Our morning started off with breakfast and an incredible presentation by Tammy Ruiz about perinatal hospice. You can learn more by clicking here. I challenge you to keep a dry eye while watching this video. One of the most emotional parts of her speech involved a woman Tammy worked with after she received a prenatal diagnosis. The woman had everything in place and was prepared to deliver a child who would not survive. Fortunately, a medical diagnosis is not always correct, and her child is now six years old and healthy.
 
 
The MARCH FOR LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF A TEEN
 
****The author (son of executive director Kristen Day) is a sixteen-year-old sophomore who attends Bishop O’Connell High School in Falls Church, Virginia
 
The March for Life was an amazing experience, just as it was last year. It really builds up one’s confidence to be part of something so big and inspirational. My day began at 6 a.m. when I woke up to get ready. I left at 7 with my mom to meet up with my junior friend at O’Connell High School, where we also saw some others walking inside to meet everyone going on the bus – for example, my freshman friend Sarah. My friend Erin had gotten dropped off, and we left for D.C.
 
We went to Old Ebbitt Grill, where breakfast was served in a private room.  Tammy Ruiz gave a presentation about perinatal hospice.  Perinatal hospice is a preparation of parents who choose life for their babies with life-threatening conditions that give them less than a day or an hour to live. It made me feel even more supportive of the Pro-life Movement to find out that such a thing existed.
 
   
DFL OF COLORADO MARCH FOR LIFE AND FOR WOMEN
 
Our Colorado Chapter represented our whole life view at the March for Life and the Women's March. Congratulations to Denise and Frances for making it in the Denver Post! 
 
 
"The fight for equality also set Denver friends Denise Archuleta, 53, and Frances Rossi, 75, on their march Saturday. They were first-timers to the Denver Women’s March.
 
“I’m here because this administration is toxic. Women are treated as less than equal by the Trump administration,” Archuleta said. “I’m pro-life for the whole life — not just at conception.”
 
DFLA UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Help us fund these upcoming events and contribute to our conference fund. Your contribution will fund registration fees, materials and staff time. Link here to donate today.
 
 
2018 "I WANT MY PARTY BACK" DFLA State Conference
July, 2018
 
 
Each dollar contributed goes toward this important annual event.

DFLA Newsletter: Social Media Campaign Contest

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DFLA Newsletter
September 12, 2017     
 
The Whole Life Voice Within The Democratic Party
Democrats For Life of America is keeping the people affected by Irma in our hearts and prayers.
DFLA'S DISAPPOINTMENT WITH DEMOCRATIC SENATORS
URGENT PRESS RELEASE BY KRISTEN DAY 
 
"Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) expresses it's disappointment with Democratic senators and interest groups who are attacking federal court of appeals nominee Amy Barrett for her personal religious views on the dignity of human life at all stages."  
 
Read more on DFLA's position on our website here.
 
PRO-LIFE DEMS RUNNING AT ALL LEVELS
 
State Senator Billie Sutton is running for Governor of South Dakota. 
 
We are very pleased to announce a second pro-life Democrat running for governor of a state, to join the ranks of Joshua Svaty of Kansas. South Dakota state senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton is running for governor of South Dakota.
 
Billie Sutton is a pro-life Democrat who is being called a conservative because of his position on abortion. Ironically, like Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, he is more of a traditional Democrat who supported Obamacare, sponsored a bill for state-funded pre-school, and fought for scholarships for low-income families. You can read more by clicking here.
 
South Dakota is a prime example of running the right person for the district. South Dakota used to be a Democratic stronghold, but now Republicans control the state senate by a 27-8 majority and the state house, where they have held a supermajority since 1976, by 58 to 12.   
 
This could be a big win for Democrats if they get behind Billie. Only 5 of 32 governors have been Democrats. The most famous was pro-life Democrat Richard Kneip, who was elected three times, serving from 1971 to 1978. Democrats have not won since then.
 
To learn more about Billie Sutton, link to his campaign site by clicking here.
 
DFLA CHAPTER GROUPS GROWING ACROSS THE US
 
The Colorado Association will be hosting an important event on September 30, 2017, with Colorado Democratic gubernatorial candidate Erik Underwood.  It is our hope to hear from as many Democratic candidates running for statewide office in 2018 as possible in the run-up to the November election.    
Underwood wants to meet with pro-life Democrats to hear about the issues that animate us and what policies and legislative initiatives we support.  DFLA of Colorado is enthused about this upcoming event and would like all of you who are in the area to attend. It is your opportunity to speak with a prominent Democrat about whole-life politics and the future of Colorado.
 
Event Location:  Lakewood Library, 10200 W 20th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215 
 
TimeSaturday, September 30, beginning at 12:15 p.m.and concluding by 1:45 p.m.  
 
Email Contact: Please email us at demsforlifecolorado@gmail.com for questions and to RSVP to this meeting.
 
Facebook Contact:  Please link to our event page and RSVP here.
 
To learn more about Erik Underwood's campaign, click here 
 
NEWSLETTER 
 
You can help too!
 
Have you had your article or letter published in local or national media?  Would you like to lead a state chapter? Do you have special skills that can help DFLA?
 
Please contact us so we can continue to grow and make a difference.
 
JOHN BEL EDWARDS IS THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
 
When it comes to understanding what it means to be a pro-life Democrat, all you need to do is look toward John Bel Edwards, governor of Louisiana.  He is against abortion, stands for equal pay for equal work, stands for protecting the environment, and has expanded Medicaid to the working poor.  He is a Southerner and a true backer of the Second Amendment. Bel Edwards reflects the values of his region and is doing the will of his people.  
 
The Democratic Party needs to learn from his success as a pro-life Democrat in a state where the majority of people voted for Donald Trump. In the Politico article linked below, James Carville, a Democratic political strategist who never shies away from speaking the harsh truth, states, “The lesson [Edwards] offers is that these purists or ideological ayatollahs in the Democratic Party need to shut up and stand down.” 
 
That pretty much sums it up.
 
Please read this article by selecting this link.
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST:
AND THE WINNER IS......
Thank you for your suggestions and votes on our social media contest. We will be posting this next week on Facebook to increase our numbers. Our goal is to reach 10,000 likes. You can help by spreading the word!
DFLA Upcoming Events:
 
Princeton University
September 30, 2017
 
September 30, 2017
 
Pittsburgh, PA
October 20-22, 2017
 
March for Life Conference
Washington, D.C.
January 19, 2018
 
March For Life
DFLA Pro-Life for the Whole Life Breakfast
January 19, 2018
 
DFLA Pro-Life Summit
July, 2018
Each dollar contributed goes toward this important annual event.

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