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Democrats For Life Challenge Presidential Candidates On Specific Steps To Be More Inclusive

 

February 26, 2020



CHARLESTON, SC -- The Democrats For Life of America today held a press conference in Charleston, the site of the South Carolina Presidential Debate, to urge the presidential candidates to become more inclusive of pro-life voters. Executive Director Kristen Day challenged the candidates to take five specific steps to return to being a diverse “big tent” party that wins elections across America. CLICK HERE to watch the video of the press conference.

The Democrats For Life of America pressed each candidate to:

1. Commit include pro-life voters in their coalition. Democrats need every single vote to defeat the President, and can’t afford for voters to stay at home because our candidates refuse to embrace them. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard have been the only candidates to indicate support a big tent approach.

2. Commit to a Democratic Party Platform that reflects the diversity of opinion with respect to abortion.

3. Support a DNC Chairman who will carry out big tent policies of inclusion for pro-life democrats. This also means strongly opposing any litmus test by Democratic groups and allies against pro-life candidates.

4. Commit to protecting pre-born children after 20 weeks gestation. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is the only candidate to support a ban on late-term abortion.

5. Advocate for policies that reduce the number of abortions through solutions that support women and families - such as free childcare, better maternal health care, especially for black women, and more funding for adoption. Also, support pregnancy resource centers and pro-life women health care clinics that provide alternatives to abortion.

According to the last national Gallup Poll on abortion (2019), nearly 30% of Democratic voters, and 44% of Independent voters identify as pro-life. According to a January Marist Poll, about two-thirds (65%) of all Americans, including 44% of Democrats, say they “are more likely to vote for” candidates who would limit abortion to at most the first three months of pregnancy.

Day gained national attention last month at a Presidential Townhall with Mayor Pete Buttigieg by challenging him on this issue. Buttigieg refused to say whether he would be open to more moderate language in the Democratic platform that would be more inclusive to pro-life members of the Party. Day followed up the confrontation with an op-ed in the USA Today newspaper.

ABOUT DEMOCRAT FOR LIFE OF AMERICA

Democrats For Life of America advocates and supports programs and policies that respect and promote life from conception to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.

 

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