When last week Live Action blogger Kristi Burton Brown called out Democrats for Life of America for endorsing Virginia pro-abortion Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine, she received this response from DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day:
We support Chairman Kaine because of his record and work with DFLA. While Governor, Tim Kaine signed the Choose Life Life license plate bill in law. We were proud to work with the Governor to ensure the bill was passed and critical funds could be used to support crisis pregnancy centers. He also signed in to law the Pregnant Women Support Act introduced by Senator Phil Puckett and cosponsored by then Republican Senator Ken Cuccinelli. While Chair of the DNC, he supported pro-life Democrats and his policies help elect pro-life elected officials.
This despite the fact that Kaine’s website states:
I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade. We all share the goal of reducing unwanted pregnancies and abortions. The right way to do this is through education and access to health care and contraception rather than criminalizing women’s reproductive decisions.
Former DNC Chairman and Governor Tim Kaine has been a friend to DFLA and has previously defined himself as a pro-life Democrat…. His spokesman and website are is now identifying him as a pro-choice Democrat. DFLA, therefore, cannot endorse Governor Kaine. However, should he be elected to the Senate, we look forward to the opportunity to work with him to pass pro-life legislation.
… Just in the nick of time, since Kaine released an ad yesterday castigating Republican pro-life opponent George Allen for his pro-life stance…
Obviously, DFLA did not vet Kaine.
As an aside, the national pro-life community has shunned DFLA since 2010, when Day signed affidavits in support of Democrat Congressman Steve Driehaus in his lawsuit against the Susan B. Anthony List, blaming the pro-life group’s ad campaign for his defeat.
Day further implicated National Right to Life Committee and Family Research Council.
The lawsuit is still live and negatively impacting SBA List’s work. SBA List announced last week that Lamar Companies would not erect its billboard against Indiana Democrat Congressman Joe Donnelly, because the Driehaus lawsuit had not been settled.
But as SBA List says, “If you can’t do billboard, you do tv!”