The Supreme Court unanimously decided Thursday that Massachusetts violated the First Amendment by excluding speech from a 35-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinic driveways and entrances. McCullen v. Coakley is a victory for pro-life speech rights, although just how broad a victory is uncertain. The majority opinion by Chief Justice Roberts ruled for the sidewalk-counselor … Continue reading The Supreme Court Decision and Pro-Life Speech: “An Outstretched Hand,” Not “A Strained Voice”
Democrats for Life: A Unique Voice in Pro-Life Legal Cases
Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) is filing briefs in important legal proceedings involving the protection of pro-life principles. As a DFLA board member and lawyer/scholar involved with those briefs, let me tell you what we’re accomplishing with these filings. Most recently, we submitted a “friend of the court” brief in the U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading Democrats for Life: A Unique Voice in Pro-Life Legal Cases
Pro-life Democrats at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life
Millennial: "Once again, it was very encouraging to see that the audience at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life was engaged and interested in the case that we were trying to make. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, particularly on the point that being pro-life needs to mean more than simply supporting restrictions on access to … Continue reading Pro-life Democrats at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life
Has Roe Been Good For Women?
Kristen Day: "Unless there is a united front to put pregnant women first, Roe will continue to provide a wedge issue, an excuse to raise money, or a reason to March on Washington. Women deserve better. Children deserve better. America deserves common-sense solutions that empower women to choose life."
Shameless Self-Promotion: Does the Pro-Life Cause Have the Wrong Allies?
My article in Millennial: "The biggest reason why the pro-life movement needs progressive allies is because the Republican strategy, which relies on the appointment of enough conservative Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue of abortion to the states, would neither result in the legal protection of unborn life nationwide … Continue reading Shameless Self-Promotion: Does the Pro-Life Cause Have the Wrong Allies?
Pro-Life Democrats the Party Stepchild?
CBN: "Pro-life Democrats. No, that's not a mistake. In fact, it's a group that's some 21 million strong. Still, pro-life Democrats are the first to admit they're not exactly the life of the Democrat Party."
DFLA in the News
America: Democrat and Pro-Life? CNS: DNC forum explores: Can you be a Democrat and be pro-life? Jamie Dean: Social Convention LA Times: Democratic 'pro-life' group: It is GOP that threatens the unborn NY Times: Anti-Abortion, Pro-Democrat Debra J. Saunders: Where are pro-life women? Emma Teitel: Can you be pro-life in a pro-choice party? Delegates say … Continue reading DFLA in the News
Where are pro-life women?
Debra J. Saunders: "A 2011 Gallup poll found that a minority of Democrats - 38 percent - believe that abortion should be legal under any and all circumstances. That puts the majority of Democrats on the wrong side of what the administration likes to call "the war on women." Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for … Continue reading Where are pro-life women?
DNC 2012: Democrats reframe abortion debate
Politico: "But Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life, said no matter how the issue is couched, dwelling on abortion and contraception-related issues at the convention is “a mistake for the party.” Pointing to the wide majorities Democrats had in Congress when there were more anti-abortion members in their ranks, Day said the party … Continue reading DNC 2012: Democrats reframe abortion debate
Democratic abortion foes push for change in platform
Washington Post: "Democratic dissenters on the issue of abortion have made their case to the platform committee, arguing that the party should change its language enough to allow for some diversity of opinion on the matter and return to the “big tent” approach..."