Pro-Life Democrats Want an Abortion Question at the CNN/NYT Presidential Debate in Ohio

Released at: October 11, 2019
Contact: Jacob Lupfer

MEDIA ADVISORY: Pro-Life Democrats to Rally in Ohio Ahead of Oct. 15 Debate

CONTACT: Jacob Lupfer, Spokesman for the new 2019-20 Pro-Life Democratic PAC
(202) 321-8251 --- --- @prolifedem2020 --- @therelaygroup --- @jlupf

A new political action committee is holding a press conference Tuesday, October 15 before the Democratic presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. The PAC is raising money to advocate for pro-life Democrats at all stages of the 2020 cycle, including a write-in campaign in NH, a pre-primary forum in SC, public and private delegate-selection advocacy, platform language, actions at the Convention, and Electoral College defectors.

On Tuesday in Ohio, pro-life leaders will be speaking about elite Democrats' pro-abortion extremism, minority electoral outreach, Millennials, and the need for pro-life Democrats within the movement.

WHERE: Free Speech Zone on Main Street between Knox and Center Streets, across the street from Otterbein University. Meet on the sidewalk adjacent to Church of the Master United Methodist Church. Rally supporters meet at 5:00. News conference begins at 6:00.
**See and @prolifedem2020 for changes or more precise location.**

WHEN: 6 PM EDT to 7 PM EST on Tuesday, Oct. 15.


Terrisa Bukovinac, Founder & Executive Director of Pro-Life San Francisco
Emily Berning, President of Let Them Live
Jacob Lupfer, Strategist for the new 2019-20 Pro-Life Democratic PAC

The rally gathers pro-life advocates from around Ohio and speakers from around the country to assert that both the Democratic Party and the pro-life movement benefit from acknowledging and supporting pro-life Democrats. “Left-wing pro-lifer” Terrisa Bukovinac engages in robust pro-life advocacy and coalition work in CA’s most liberal city. Bukovinac is a national leader in fighting against fetal tissue harvesting for medical research, a grizzly agenda that demands and consumes taxpayer financed fetal remains.

Let Them Live, an innovative pro-life nonprofit that offers life-affirming alternatives to women considering abortions, is quickly having an impact and earning respect from the entire pro-life community. Co-founder and President Emily Berning is at the Otterbein debate to show pro-life citizens that, regardless of what party they support, there are tangible things they can do to help women choose life.

Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, said “In January, Students for Life of America released a poll of young people across the political spectrum that found that only 7% of Millennials support the Democratic Party platform on abortion."

Day added, “Polls consistently indicate that one-third of Democrats are pro-life. Instead of papering over party elites' pro-abortion extremism, we want moderators to facilitate a real debate about what limits the Democratic Party platform will affirm. Does the party have a message to 20 million pro-life Democrats other than, 'Drop dead?'"

Political strategist Jacob Lupfer will speak on a related form of extremism in the Democratic Party: Leaders' ever more hostile posture on religious freedom and liberty of the conscience. "As the party abandons the last few restrictions on abortion and targets religious congregations and institutions with sincerely held beliefs about human life and relationships, they are abandoning a huge pool of potential Democratic voters to chase a tiny elite faction that would create a 'progressive' society through coercion rather than persuasion."

Lupfer’s consultancy, The Relay Group, works with candidates and PACs that operate outside the mainstream of the two major parties. “Pro-life Democrats and the institutional pro-life movement need each other. is a vehicle to create and sustain a robust pro-life presence in the Democratic Party.” Lupfer said. “We have big plans to make things very difficult for elite Democrats and the abortion interest groups that run the party. But we need support from pro-life Republican donors and activists.” Lupfer predicts that the movement cannot sustain pro-life majorities in Congress on the strength of an aging white party that is toxic to ethnic and religious minorities. “The one-party strategy is dead. The pro-life majority of the future will be bipartisan, or it won’t be at all.”

The new PAC welcomes contributions from: Pro-choice Democrats who are simply tired of losing Senate, gubernatorial, and down-ballot races; #NeverTrump pro-lifers who would rather support honorable candidates who do not excuse Trump's cruelty and corruption; consistent life ethic advocates who do not fit in either party; Trump supporters who want to spotlight Democrats’ abortion extremism because it helps the president; and, of course, pro-life Democrats earnestly wondering if they are welcome in their party any longer.