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Democrats For Life of America

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Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) is a sub-group of the Democratic Party in U.S. politics, which describes itself as "the preeminent national organization for pro-life Democrats."[1]

Beliefs

DFLA's core principle as stated on its about page is belief in "the fundamental worth, dignity, and equality of all people" and "that the protection of human life is the foundation of human rights, authentic freedom, and good government".[1]

As a result of this, DFLA's stated beliefs include opposition to abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, embryonic stem cell research, poverty, genocide, and "all other injustices that directly and indirectly threaten human life." The organization also states opposition to tyranny, terrorism, genocide, the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, slavery, and "all other unjust acts of violence and aggression."[1]

Consistent Life Ethic

DFLA considers itself a member of the organization, Consistent Life, previously known as the Seamless Garment Network.[2][3] Consistent Life considers 'pro-life' to indicate not only opposition to abortion and euthanasia but also to war, the death penalty, poverty, and racism.[4] In 2007, the president of Consistent Life, Bill Samuel,[5] was chosen to be the lead speaker for DFLA's annual conference.[6] Carol Crossed, the 2003 Director of DFLA, was previously the Executive Director of the Consistent Life Network.[7]

History

Founded in 1999,[8] DFLA sought to coordinate the efforts of pro-life Democrats, describing itself as "the only viable national organization for pro-life members of the Democratic party". In 2002, it hired Kristen Day as its first Executive Director, and created a new national office in Washington D.C.[9] In 2003, the organization joined the national March For Life.[10]

2009-2010 Healthcare Influence

See Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Pro-Life Democrats played a major role in fighting the abortion agenda in the healthcare bill that Obama promised Planned Parenthood. Republicans did not have the votes to stop any bills from passing, but Pro-Life Democrats prevented bill passage for months on end, fighting their own party to allow passage of the Pro-Life Stupak Amendment guaranteeing federal money would not fund abortions.

Members of Congress

Past Members of Congress

Political Action Committee

A related PAC, Democrats For Life of America PAC, is hosted by ActBlue.[17] OpenSecrets reports the group raised $13,869 in 2010 and $5,843 in 2008.[18]

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Democrats For Life of America. About Us
  2. 2.0 2.1 Day, K. (2008, April 22). DFLA Endorses Don Cazayoux in Special Election.
  3. Consistent Life. Member Organizations.
  4. Consistent Life. About Us.
  5. Consistent Life. Ethic Speakers.
  6. Samuel, B. (2007, June 20). Bill Samuel's Web Journal. Consistent Life Ethic Remarks to DFLA.
  7. Lally, J. (2003, August 26). Women's Equity Day.
  8. Day, K. (2003, June 3). DFLA Praises Democrats Who Supported the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.
  9. Day, K. (2002, June 7). Democrats For Life of America, Hiring First Executive Director, Pledges to Revive Pro-Life Movement.
  10. Day, K. (2003, January 18). Democrats To Join March For Life.
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 (2007, June 24). Thank You Congressman Stupak and Pro-Life Democrats.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Hess, A. (2006, November 14). Democrats For Life On The Job.
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 13.18 13.19 Offner, O. Pro-life Democrats Warn Pelosi over Health Care Bill.
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 14.22 14.23 14.24 14.25 14.26 14.27 14.28 14.29 DFLA All Stars (2004, November 23).
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 15.16 15.17 15.18 15.19 15.20 15.21 15.22 15.23 15.24 15.25 15.26 15.27 15.28 (2004, October). House of Representatives Voting Record 2003-2004. Democrats For Life of America, Inc.
  16. Ritchey, E. (2010, February 24). DFLA at the 2010 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
  17. Democrats For Life of America PAC
  18. OpenSecrets. Democrats For Life of America. PAC Fundraising/Spending by Cycle.