Letter to Governor Tomblin

Posted in General

April 3, 2014

The Honorable Earl Ray Tomblin

Office of the Governor
State Capitol
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

Dear Governor,

We are writing to ask you to bring the legislature back to Charleston to address your concerns with HB 4588.

We understand your concern about violating constitutional rights. Although this law challenges some common understandings of Roe v. Wade, there is room for argument on it, and pro-lifers should be pushing the courts to allow greater protection of the unborn. 

As pro-lifers, we believe that all life is sacred and worthy of protection – including unborn children. As Democrats, it is unconscionable to simply ban abortion without providing necessary safeguards and to provide options and support for the pregnant woman and her unborn child. Both lives must be considered and both lives must be supported.

However, being a pro-life Democrat cannot mean accepting the broad readings of Roe that the lawyers tell us and not pushing against them, but instead proposing social supports.  No, being pro-life means pushing for greater protection where possible. It doesn’t require pushing to overturn Roe altogether, but it does mean pushing to narrow it, together with enacting strong social supports.

Fetuses with abnormalities, which are sometimes subject to later-term abortions, are still human persons, and Democrats should value them fully.  We should recognize how difficult these situations are for the family; that is where the social supports are crucial, but it is not a progressive act to devalue those unborn children because of abnormalities. A special session to discuss the merits of HB 4588 will also allow us to promote available social supports.

Women and families concerned with post-viability abortions should be:

  • informed about and referred to perinatal-hospice, which provides a caring and supportive environment for both mother and child;
  • Provided accurate information regarding genetic testing; and
  • Provided adoption counseling and adoption referral information.

As pro-life Democrats, we do not fit into the agenda set forth by the conservative pro-life movement. In order to revisit HB 4588 and include these important protections for women, which come from both our Democratic ideals and our pro-life principles, we urge you to call the legislature into session immediately.


Kristen Day

Executive Director

Democrats For Life of America

No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

Posted in Commentary

H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, Passes House

H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, passed the House on January 28, 2014, by a vote of 227 - 188.

The bill is nearly identical to language that has passed both the House and Senate dozens of times and has been supported by both pro-choice and pro-life legislators on both sides of the aisle. H.R. 7 would prohibit federal funding of abortion except for the cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother. H.R. 7 does not prohibit abortion nor does it prohibit health insurance plans from covering abortion. It simply clarifies that no federal funds will be used to pay for abortion.

We appreciate and thank the following Democratic Representatives for their vote: Reps. Cuellar, Lipinski, Matheson, McIntyre, Peterson and Rahall.

DFLA Press Release on H.R. 7

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