DFLA 2018 Student Scholarship Competition:
Essay Contest

Prize-Winning Essays

DFLA asked students to respond to the prompt, "Many people assert that the term 'Pro-Life Democrat' is contradictory.  How would you respond to someone who makes this assertion?"


1st Place - by James White

“Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own – that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules” (Taken from the Democratic Party Mission Statement).

The Democratic Party has long been the party of the downtrodden, the disadvantaged, and the voiceless. Its mission is to lift up the powerless to give them a fighting chance. Being Pro-Life is not inconsistent with this Party’s mission, but rather taking it to its natural conclusion...

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1st Runner-Up - by Casey Cho

Support for legalized abortion with minimal restriction has become so identified with the Democratic Party that it is hard for many to imagine any alternative viewpoint among Democrats. Dissenting pro-life Democrats come under attack from both other Democrats and other abortion opponents. ....

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2nd Runner-Up

The beauty of an ostensible contradiction is that it is an invitation to discover a paradox, a supposed contradiction that when observed fully and deeply is actually the manifestation of concordant and profound truths. Thus, the historically and culturally loaded term “pro-life Democrat” appears to be a contradictory moniker, but upon analysis it is not...

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