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September 05, 2012

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Judith Anderson

Wonder if Lila had any interaction with DFLA - Democrats for Life of America? They (according to an e-mail) had a meeting at the Crowne Plaza Charlotte on Tuesday, September 4 at 10:30 a.m. during the DNC. I did not see or hear much about this group's presence or any support for it at the DNC.
I did, however, hear about removing the Democrat Party platform's only reference to God (in the phrase "God-given" potential - and that sounds like a definite reference to the unborn to me!) and removing the wording that referred to Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. After the shockwaves hit, both references were voice-voted on and reinstated by the chairperson, still to the consternation of many.

DFLA says it is criticized by both pro-life Republicans and pro-choice Democrats. They define themselves as "different from pro-life Republicans in that, in addition to opposing abortion, we support policies that provide for the protection of life in all its stages...hunger, poverty, and violence are also life issues." I know lots of Republicans who would be surprised to learn that they advocate for hunger, poverty and violence! DFLA also says they support "a whole-life view vs. pro-life view" but that they "vehemently" oppose abortion. They (happily for me) "do not define nor support abortion as "reproductive health."
DFLA's admirable efforts seem so lost in its desire to remain faithful Democrats, despite the undeniable and broadening anti-life/anti-God landscape of the Party. They say their position "does not fit the conservative agenda, but wouldn't it be more realistic today to work within the Republican or Conservative parties to achieve their "whole-life" goals? Yesterday's Democrat Party (and I was one for close to 30 years)is long gone.

John Lally, DFLA Member

Judy,
Thanks for praising DFLA’s (Democrats’ for Life of America)“admirable efforts” to broaden the Democratic party's platform to acknowledge and welcome differing positions – including the pro-life position -- on the issue of abortion. I am very sad that the party rejected those efforts and that so many speakers at the Convention showed pro-choice/pro-abortion advocacy. (There were 4 pro-life Democrat speakers: Former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper; Former Congressman Bart Stupak; Tom Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law; and Steve Schneck, policy analyst at Catholic University of America. You can read their remarks at http://democratsforlife.org/)
However, you also state: "DFLA says it is criticized by both pro-life Republicans and pro-choice Democrats. They define themselves as 'different from pro-life Republicans in that, in addition to opposing abortion, we support policies that provide for the protection of life in all its stages...hunger, poverty, and violence are also life issues.' I know lots of Republicans who would be surprised to learn that they advocate for hunger, poverty and violence!"
Judy, I don’t know any Republicans who advocate for hunger, poverty or violence. But I do know many who support the Ryan or House Republican federal budget that includes serious cuts to programs which, if enacted, will significantly aggravate domestic and world poverty and hunger during these hard economic times. (And, among other of its bad consequences, poverty is frequently a factor in abortions.) Recently, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops sent letters to GOP Congressional leaders criticizing that budget on these grounds. For the letters with their specifics, go to http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-063.cfm

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