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Democrats Urge Presidential Candidate Clinton to Open Big Tent to Those Who Oppose Abortion

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day
(202) 220-3066 

May 7, 2015

 

WASHINGTON, DC – – Democrats For Life of Americais urging presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to open the Big Tent of the Democratic Party to pro-life voters and to support neutrality on the issue of abortion in the Democratic Party Platform. The current platform not only supports abortion, but also supports taxpayer funding of abortion.

“Secretary Clinton once recognized that people ‘have deeply held differences of opinion about the issue of abortion, and she said she respected ‘those who believe that there are no circumstances under which any abortion should ever be available.’  We are asking candidate Clinton to open that door and issue in a new era of respect and inclusion for Democrats who hold these views,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America.  “For the good of the party, we must re-open the big tent to include Democrats who support life from conception to natural death.”

In 1978, the Democratic Party held a 292-seat majority in the U.S. House, which included 125 pro-life Democrats.  Increased partisanship over the pro-life issue—including the rejection of pro-life candidates within the Democratic Party—caused many of the pro-life Democratic districts to elect Republican candidates.  In fact, the number of pro-choice Democrats in the House has essentially remained around 167.  It is the number of pro-life Democrats that decreased from 125 to only a handful, leaving Democrats overall with only 188 members.

“Since the 1992 shunning of pro-life Democratic Governor Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Party has alienated its pro-life base.  Polls consistently show that about one-third of Democrats—that’s 21 million Democrats—oppose abortion,” said Day.  “If we are going to increase our base to win back the majority and keep the White House, our Democratic nominee must recognize the contributions of pro-life Democrats within our party and the diverse position of Democrats on the issue of abortion.”

That diversity of opinion is as follows:

  • 61% of Democrats support parental consent for minors seeking abortion (Gallup, 2011);
  • 60% of Democrats support a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion (Gallup, 2011);
  • 84% of Democrats support informed consent (Gallup, 2011);
  • 49% of Democrats support an ultrasound requirement (Gallup, 2011);
  • 59% of Democrats support a ban on partial-birth abortions (Gallup, 2011).

“We are asking Secretary Clinton and any other Democratic presidential hopeful to embrace a platform that fully represents all Democrats, not just those who support abortion,” said Day.  “In the 2008 election, about one-quarter of Obama’s supporters self-identified as pro-life.  These numbers are not trivial; they exceed many prominent and well-represented constituencies in the party.  Electoral success for the party nationwide will depend on the enthusiasm of all Democrats, including pro-life Democrats.”

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REVISED LANGUAGE GIVES SEX TRAFFICKING BILL NEW LIFE

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day
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April 16, 2015

Senate Democrats Should Vote Unanimously for S. 178 Today

WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life urges Senate Democrats to release their hold on the Senate bill 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Sources say that the revised bill will contain similar language that was approved as part of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The legislation passed Tuesday night by a vote of 92 to 8. Every Senate Democrat voted for it.

Democrats For Life of believes in justice for victims of sex trafficking. It is essential for overturning the culture of sexual coercion that is pervasive in America and supported by the abortion industry,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “Senate Democrats must recognize the language is and never was the issue. It is simply an attempt by the abortion industry to show their political clout and protect their corporate interests at the expense of providing justice to victims of human trafficking.“

Trafficking is a multimillion dollar industry. Over 2.4 million people suffer at the hands of predators who sell innocent people for slavery. Eighty percent of the trafficking victims are sold into sexual slavery. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would create a fund to support the victims from fees assessed to the predators involved with human trafficking.  Four Democrats, Senators Casey, Donnelly Heitcamp and Manchin supported the bill. The new language will alleviate any concerns about the inclusion of the Hyde language.

The abortion industry will do everything they can, including denying support for victims of human trafficking, to  increase their bottom line,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA.. “Four Senate Democrats have sense enough to see beyond the façade and represent true democratic values to support victims.  We strongly encourage Senate Democrats to take a look at this new reasonable language and withdraw their hold on the human trafficking legislation. This legislation may not repair the horrors the victims have faced, but it will help them with a fresh start.”

Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. DFLA’s primary mission has been to elect pro-life Democrats, support pro-life elected officials, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform, and achieve legislation that fosters respect for human life.

Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life, an international network for peace, justice, and life.

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DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE URGES SENATE DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day
(202) 220-3066 

March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life urges Senate Democrat to release their hold on the Senate bill 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. All but four Senate Democrats oppose the bi-partisan bill to help victims of human trafficking because of language to prohibit the use of funds for abortion. The language to prevent abortion funding is consistent with the Hyde language that allows abortion funding for rape, incest and life of the mother.

History tells us that when language to exclude abortion is not included, the strong arm of the abortion industry flexes its muscle and acquires a big piece of the pie ,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA.. “The Victims Fund should be used to help the victim, not line the pockets of the abortion industry.”

Human Trafficking is a multimillion  dollar industry. Over 2.4 million people suffer at the hands of predators who sell innocent people for slavery. Eighty percent of the trafficking victims are sold into sexual slavery. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, would have created a fund to support the victims from fees assessed to the predators involved with human trafficking.  Four Democrats, Senators Casey, Donnelly, Heitcamp, and Manchin supported the bill.

“That this critically important legislation has been compromised is testament to the narrow, self-interest politics of the abortion industry,” said Day. “Four Senate Democrats have sense enough to see beyond the facade and represent true democratic values to support victims.  We strongly encourage Senate Democrats to take a second look at this reasonable language and support the legislation so the funds can be used to help victims.”

Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. DFLA’s primary mission has been to elect pro-life Democrats, support pro-life elected officials, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform, and achieve legislation that fosters respect for human life.

Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life, an international network for peace, justice, and life.

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The abortion stranglehold: The misadventures of Tim Ryan

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*** The following was published in The Hill. You can read the article in its entirety by clicking the link below.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) recently publicly shared that he is no longer pro-life. Why tell us something we already know?  His pronouncement is a symptom of a larger problem within the Democratic Party – the abortion litmus test. 

Democrats once held a 292-seat majority in the U.S House with 110 pro-life Democrats. Today, we are in the minority and there are only a handful of pro-life Democrats. The number of pro-choice democrats has remained about the same over the last 30 years – around 180 give or take. It is the number of pro-life Democrats that can win in pro-life districts and states that propel us to the magic number for the majority. 

The truth is you cannot get funding from national Democratic spigots unless you pass the pro-choice litmus test. Tim Ryan, former champion of pro-life and common ground initiatives, former Advisory Board member of Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), offers the latest evidence. That litmus test, more than anything else, continues to undermine the Democratic Party’s development of candidates who can contest red-leaning and purple states and districts. In so doing, it cedes control of Congress to the GOP.

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Progressives should support the 20-week abortion ban

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by Janet Robert

Published in The Hill on January 22, 2015

Progressives are pro-science, right? From clashes over climate change to school text books, the common refrain from progressives is that we stand on the side of the most credible and advanced scientific evidence. Yet on abortion, we see far too many progressives closing their eyes to the breakthroughs that have occurred through technological innovation in understanding development in the womb.

For those who oppose any further restrictions on abortion, the motives seem clear. The Roe v. Wade decision used trimesters to provide guidance for laws regulating abortion. Restrictions on abortion were not to be permitted until the child was viable—capable of surviving outside the womb—and viability was linked with the third trimester of pregnancy.

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