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Jason Jones (pictured above left), founder of IAmWholeLife.com, wrote an op ed on Catholic Exchange today calling out Democrats for Life for “borrowing” his organization’s name for its new PAC, Whole Life Heroes.
I asked Kristen Day, president of Dems for Life, about the close proximity, and here was her response…

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Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) has for years been calling herself a “whole life Democrat,” and that’s why the board went with it. I counseled against this, because I was aware of Jason’s Whole Life group, but the board didn’t seem to care. I had to do what my board said at the end of the day. That said, I was unaware that “Hero’s” was part of Jason’s group’s name.

Here are excerpts from Jones’ piece, which should be read in its entirety:

Democrats For Life of America made an extremely misleading announcement in the July 3rd issue of the Washington Post. Kristen Day, DFLA’s executive director, said she’s forming a “Whole-Life Heroes” political action committee. I’m the founder and president of HERO’s Whole Life America. So, on one hand, I am flattered that the DFLA thought so much of our organization that they borrowed our name. On the other hand, I am greatly offended that they would use our name to undermine human dignity.
The name of our organization… conveys respect for the human person from the embryo to the elderly. We make a stand for human dignity when it isn’t politically expedient – against the prevailing ideologies of the age – and that takes courage, hence HERO….

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We are rewarded every day as we strive to be consistent with our name. Some of our projects this year include drilling wells for the poor in Darfur, Sudan; delivering aid to victims of the earthquake in Haiti; sharing the message of human dignity in American prisons (even on death row); and partnering with 280 pregnancy centers to bring the message of hope and life to pregnant women in crisis.
In complete contrast, the DFL “Whole-Life Heroes” PAC undermines human dignity. After all, its purpose is to re-elect the Stupak Democrats who broke their promises and voted in favor of the mammoth federal healthcare bill laden with provisions for taxpayer-funded abortions. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), the group’s namesake, led that devastating betrayal for the empty promise of an executive order banning those provisions….

[Screenshot, above left, is of Jones and Eduardo Verástegui in Darfur in 2009]

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