Democrats for Life launches PAC to support Democrats other pro-life groups are opposing

UPDATE, 7/8, 7:38a: The Weekly Standard has a related article in its July 5-12 issue entitled, "Endangered Species: Do pro-life Democrats have a future?"

d4l healthcare support.png7/7, 4:20p: All pro-life groups agreed that the healthcare bill ratified in March allowed public funded abortions - except one, Democrats for Life, which praised its passage....

At the time several pro-life groups vowed to oppose Democrats for reelection who called themselves pro-life but voted for Obamacare based on Obama's executive order stating abortion would not be funded. (All pro-life groups called the EO a sham and worth the paper it was written on, except Democrats for Life.)

Thumbnail image for mollohan abortion.jpgOne scalp has already been claimed, WV Rep. Alan Mollohan (pictured left), who lost his primary battle against Mike Oliverio, with the Susan B. Anthony List getting partial credit.

Pro-life groups are also making themselves known in other races, opposing names pro-lifers will remember from the healthcare battle, "Steve Driehaus in OH, Kathy Dahlkemper in PA and Brad Ellsworth in IN," according to LifeNews.com.

Add to that the retirements of 2 others, some speculate out of fear - MI Rep. Bart Stupak and WI Rep. Dave Obey - and there is apparent cause for alarm.

Which brings us to the news, as reported by the Washington Post on July 3:

Antiabortion groups are targeting Democratic lawmakers who they say betrayed their pro-life views. The Susan B. Anthony List has run radio ads calling Driehaus's vote "the ultimate betrayal." National Right to Life, which was founded in SW OH, plans to do the same.

A national GOP Web site identified 15 "Stupak's Sellouts," named after... Stupak... who served as the leader of antiabortion Democrats who ultimately backed the bill. In a recent e-mail to reporters, the National Republican Congressional Committee said Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) "betrayed women and unborn children with her vote in favor of a pro-abortion health care bill."...

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Though views on abortion typically split along partisan lines, antiabortion swing voters make up 3% to 5% of the electorate in certain congressional districts, said Kristen Day, executive director of the antiabortion Democrats for Life of America.

Democratic groups have begun to fight back, notably Day's group, which is starting a political action committee to support 15 vulnerable anti-abortion Democrats including Driehaus. Called "Whole-Life Heroes," the PAC will try to convince voters that executive orders are rarely overturned and that the new law includes other aspects that should please abortion opponents....

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Comments:

Jill, with all due respect, your wrong on this one, again. Advancing the cause of human rights into the democratic party and supporting the very few of them that dared step forward drove the PP and NARAL folks to distraction - with good reason. Kristin Day is a brave and honest woman who we should not be picking a fight with. That is exactly what would get those same people to smile about.

You have a blind spot for how many pro abortion and/or "wishy washy on the subject" republicans there are. They abound. Perhaps you could compare this campaign to how thrilled you were (along with so many of your readers) when Scott Brown won his senate seat. Scott Brown is pro abortion, and said he thinks Roe/Wade should stay.

The alternative in the health care bill to what the Democrats for Life got us was to get NOTHING at all - and indeed probably be staring FOCA in the face to boot. Pro life republicans did NOT have the votes to stop any of it! The math was and is pretty darn simple, Jill.

Not sure where you get your info, but my congressman Tom Perriello was never pro life even before he was elected. He voted for the DC funding bill and his "no public money" ploy was just a campaign gimmick that he did not remember when he voted.

I hope he loses, but I have to repeat that this campaign to defeat and divide our own allies based on partisanship is crazy. Does anybody ever look back on MLK and say "he was a great republican who defeated the democrats?"

Posted by: Sean at July 7, 2010 4:54 PM


There is just no room for moderates in this country’s political discourse anymore... It’s just pure gang mentality. Your ether with us or against us... If you’re Pro-choice then you must be against gun rights or if you’re Pro-gay marriage then you must also be Enviro-green as well. There is never any comprehensive debate, just a right guy and a left guy talking at each other and no one is listening at all. You have got to love the 2 party system....

Posted by: Biggz at July 7, 2010 7:50 PM


"The alternative in the health care bill to what the Democrats for Life got us was to get NOTHING at all - and indeed probably be staring FOCA in the face to boot. "

The sellouts had another alternative---and one that 60% of Americans today want---which is NO Obamacare. Zip, zero, none.

In other words, had they stood their ground, the bill would have gone down in flames, and we wouldn't be having the likes of Berwick being appointed to Official Healthcare Redistributionist.

Let's take a step back and view a larger frame here. Those wishy-washy republicans of which you speak, they're in for the same political flogging that the sellouts are. It is simply not a favorable year for incumbents, regardless of the capitol letter next to their name. (See Exhibit A: Utah)

In other words, folks are more alert this time around, most have done their homework, and are ready to rumble.

Not all, but most.

Posted by: carder at July 7, 2010 9:02 PM


I think the Obamacare vote showed there really isn't such a thing as a pro life Democrat. If they have to, they vote the party line, and the Democrat party is definitely not for pro life.

It doesn't make sense to vote for a Dem anyway, even if they are pro life, if you want to stop Dem control of Congress.

Of course, not all Republicans are pro life, but many are, and it's in the GOP platform.

Posted by: Joanne at July 7, 2010 10:01 PM


"Democrats for Life": an idea that was great when it was conceived but now we know it is basically worthless. The Democratic party as a whole is off the charts in its support of abortion.

Some advice for Democrats considering running for office on a pro-life platform: forget it. You have about as much chance of making inroads in your party as a canoeist successfully paddling up the Niagra Falls. Strongly consider becoming a Repub or an Independent--you will have a far better chance of reaching the pro-life constituency in your district.

Posted by: Jerry at July 7, 2010 10:03 PM


"Democrats for Life": an idea that was great when it was conceived but now we know it is basically worthless. The Democratic party as a whole is off the charts in its support of abortion.

Some advice for Democrats considering running for office on a pro-life platform: forget it. You have about as much chance of making inroads in your party as a canoeist successfully paddling up the Niagra Falls. Strongly consider becoming a Repub or an Independent--you will have a far better chance of reaching the pro-life constituency in your district.

Posted by: Jerry at July 7, 2010 10:05 PM


I would just like to know who the Stupak Sellouts voted for in the 2008 Presidential Election. I don't think it was John McCain. There is no such thing as a pro life Democrat.

Posted by: mary at July 7, 2010 11:03 PM


A pro-life person voting Dumbocrat is like a civil rights activist joining the KKK so they can vote for an Exalted Wizard who is civil rights oriented....it just doesn't make any sense to join the KKK if you support civil rights. It also doesn't make any sense to vote for members of a party with a pro-abort platform (The Dumbocratic Party) if you are pro-life.

Posted by: truthseeker at July 8, 2010 12:05 AM


It's posts like these and many of the comments attached thereto that make me shake my head at the pro-life movement. We really suck.

Posted by: Nate Sheets at July 8, 2010 12:31 AM


Nate,
The part that really sucks is the PLINOs (ProLifeInNameOnly)who vote to fund Planned Parenthood and fund for the poor people all over the world to abort their babies. Yes. The fearless leader of your party Dems For Life. You stand behind that stab a baby in the head with a scissors partial birth abortion fundraiser is the fearless leader of the Dems For Life. And they look you in the eye that they are doing it for the benefit of humanity. The truth must be known.

Posted by: truthseeker at July 8, 2010 2:12 AM


Who would join a pro-death party platform.
Dems for Life. Dems for life.
And rail against our nations killing.
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.

Shouting NO to the death penalty and Euthenasia.

Government abortions and euthenasia now.
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.
Government paid abortion mills in every town.
Dems for Life. Dems for Life

Obamacare is law now you signed the paper
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.
Baby killing is allowed on this he will not waiver
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.

Audience with bishops, you said you would not fold
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.
Then back down sell out for pieces of gold
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.

Hail Obama, hail to lying.
Dems for Life. Dems Life.
This party is more dead then dying.
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.

Now were changing our names from Dems to DINOs.
Were the Dems for Life. Ya Dems for Life.
Really not much different then your typical RINO
Dems for Life. Dems for Life.

Posted by: truthseeker at July 8, 2010 2:57 AM


There's a great on the Weekly Standard blog that asks the same question we're arguing on this thread: is there such a thing as a pro-life democrat. Stupak gets interviewed.

I'm feeling slightly sorry for Bart...he's had enough.


http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/endangered-species

Posted by: carder at July 8, 2010 6:25 AM


Sean wrote I was "wrong on this one, again," that "Kristin Day is a brave and honest woman who we should not be picking a fight with," that I "have a blind spot for how many pro abortion and/or 'wishy washy on the subject' republicans there are," and that I am on a "campaign to defeat and divide our own allies based on partisanship."

Sean, please reread my post. I was reporting a story, and I was using facts to do so. You read into it. In fact, it is a sad story - pro-life money is being used against pro-life money.

I am friends with Kristen, who will tell you that through the years I have tried very hard to catch pro-life Democrats being good.

Carder, good find (and hi! welcome back!). I'm posting a link to that story at the top of my post.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at July 8, 2010 7:37 AM


Pro-Life Democrats support a law that carves out money for contraception, supports dehydrating and starving your comatose family member, and allows the government to shove condoms in the faces of school children, and funds Planned Parenthood as a primary-care entity.

I'm still waiting for Dems For Life to "show me the pro-life."

Posted by: Cranky Catholic at July 8, 2010 8:01 AM


Non-sequitur alert!

Avert your eyes if a short detour from the 'thread' will make it difficult or impossible to find your way back.

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

Published July 05, 2010
FoxNews.com

www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/05/nasa-chief-frontier-better-relations-muslims/

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera:

"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he [b.o.] charged me with three things"....perhaps foremost, he [b.o.] wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.

[I am not an historian, but didn't the arab worlds historic contributions to science, math, and engineering occur before the advent of Islam?

What have the contributions been since the advent of Islam?

Sharia law barring half the population (women) from participation in the sciences might have something to do with the reduction in contributions.]


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b.o.'s new meaning for N.A.S.A.

'Not About Space Anymore'

Posted by: yor bro ken at July 8, 2010 8:07 AM


"I'm still waiting for Dems For Life to "show me the pro-life."

Posted by: Cranky Catholic at July 8, 2010 8:01 AM"
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Don't hold your breath...

How does that saying go?
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ME."

Ok, who wants to get fooled again?

Unfortunately, the price of getting fooled by these 'so-called' Pro-life politicians are paid for with the innocent blood of the unborn.

Posted by: RSD at July 8, 2010 9:27 AM


Non-sequitur, amusement diversion alert.

Avert your eyes or leave a trail of bread crumbs to lead you back to the thread.

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Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6652HP20100706?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a49:g43:r2:c0.113636:b35526976:z0

By Frederik Joelving
NEW YORK | Tue Jul 6, 2010 12:04pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even if you're past your prime and have a hard time getting an erection, you might still need to worry about unprotected sex, according to U.S. doctors.
In fact, they report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in older men taking erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra is twice as high as in their non-medicated peers.

[Is the purpose of 'safe sex' only the prevention of STD's and do researchers also consider pregnancy an STD?]


In both groups, however, the numbers are 'swelling'.

[Interesting choice of 'word']

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than six new cases of STDs per 10,000 men over 40 in 2008, up almost 50 percent since 1996.

While the reasons for this development aren't well understood, he said more divorces and better health might have conspired to boost sexual prowess and activity among graying heads.

[I wonder if they sorted the study for homosexual as opposed to heterosexual activity. Seems like it would be a reaonable area of inquiry. Suggest researchers Google 'bareback'.]

The problem, however, is that older adults appear to flaunt safe sex practices.


[It is still difficult to teach an old hound dog new tricks, especially when he is 'on the scent'.]

For instance, the researchers note, 50-year-olds are six times less likely to use a condom than men in their 20s.

[Maybe there are other reasons for this 'latex intolerance' among seniors. I wonder if the reseachers factored long term monogamos relationships into the equation when considering why men and/or women would choose not to use a condom. One way of practcing safe sex, sans condom, is remaining in a life long monagmous relationship.]

Jena recommended that doctors take a few minutes to discuss safe sex with older men when they prescribe Viagra.

[Why not discuss 'safe sex' with older women as well? Suggest Jena Google the term 'cougar'.]


Posted by: yor bro ken at July 8, 2010 9:50 AM


I couldn’t disagree with Sean more. I have done the math and the pro-abortion health care bill would not have passed if our so-called pro-life congressmen would have walked the talk. Further, Democrats for Life worked to elect these turncoats, often at the expense of solid pro-life incumbents like Steve Chabot in Cincinnati. Steve Driehaus is living on borrowed time because he will likely be defeated for his votes supporting abortion—he also voted to fund Planned Parenthood. Pro-lifers can no longer sit by and hope for the best from those who align themselves with a political party that stands for abortion-on-demand in their platform. Keep telling it like it is Jill!

Posted by: Brad Mattes at July 8, 2010 11:48 AM


Sorry, but Kristin lost my respect with that press release right after the vote touting Obamacare as if it was a good thing.

I sent her an email telling her so.

Posted by: Andy at July 8, 2010 11:58 AM



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