MEDIA ADVISORY: Pro-Life Democrats to Rally in Houston Ahead of Sept 12 Debate
A new political action committee is holding a press conference Thursday, September 12 before the Democratic presidential debate in Houston. 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 Thursday in Houston, pro-life leaders will be speaking about minorities, Millennials, and the need for pro-life Democrats within the movement.
WHEN: 6 PM EDT to 7 PM EDT on Thursday, Sept. 12 (5pm local time).
Terrisa Bukovinac, Founder & Executive Director of Pro-Life San Francisco
The Reverend Bruce Nieli, C.S.P., Missionary of Mercy of Pope Francis and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Leadership Circle
The Honorable Dora Olivo, Former Texas State Legislator (D)
Sarah Zarr, TX & South Regional Coordinator, Students for Life of America
Veronica Smither, Texas Right to Life
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, Founder, New Wave Feminists
Jacob Lupfer, Strategist for the new 2019-20 Pro-Life Democratic PAC
The rally gathers pro-life advocates form around Houston 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. Having worked in Harlem and Memphis, Father Bruce Nieli is now involved in myriad justice efforts in TX, most recently aiding asylum seekers across the border in Mexico. He has worked against the death penalty. Incidentally, Fr. Nieli shares a home parish in NY with Ellen McCormack, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976 on a pro-life platform. McCormack was on the ballot in 20 states and received 22 votes at the convention, denying GA Gov. Jimmy Carter a unanimous nomination.
Pro-life Democrats challenge societal conceptions of feminism in healthy ways that add credibility to the argument for life. "No woman 'wants' an abortion," said New Wave Feminists founder Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa. "Yet in our society many women feel it's their only choice, which is not a true choice at all. It is time to make abortion unnecessary by supporting women so well that they never feel they have to turn to violence against their own child in order to survive." While pro-lifers engage in generous and compassionate acts of charity the media rarely gives them credit for, pro-life Democrats have the political freedom to advocate for public investment in women, babies, and families.
Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life, said “Our party’s presidential aspirants are not seeking the support of millions of Democratic voters who would like to see abortion less necessary and less common.” She adds, “Polls consistently indicate that one-third of Democrats are pro-life. Instead of advocating for deregulation of the abortion industry and easing abortion time limits past fetal viability, we urge the candidates to seek a more progressive solution to women experiencing crisis or unplanned pregnancies.”
In January 2019, 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.
Jacob Lupfer’s strategy and communications firm 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. This new PAC is a vehicle to make significant progress creating and sustaining 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 miniorites. “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, guberatorial, and down-ballot races; #NeverTrump pro-lifers who want to support honorable candidates; 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 intheir party any longer.