A couple of competing signals today on the pro-life credentials of Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie, the imperiled freshman Democrat who continues to take heat for her participation in the Stupak crew during the health care debate. Americans United for Life today announced it is up with a radio spot slamming Dahlkemper for voting for "taxpayer-funded abortions" in the health care bill. Dahlkemper helped negotiate a compromise in which President Barack Obama signed an executive order specifically prohibiting the use of public funds for abortions, but that did not mollify pro-life groups who mantain that a legislative fix is the only way to ensure that taxpayer money -- through community health centers or by funding the new health insurance exchanges -- don't indirectly fund abortions.
Then a group that I am first learning about today called Democrats For Life of America offered their endorsement of Dahlkemper's pro-life stances. From the release:
“While Republicans are ramping up their misinformation about Kathy’s record, she continues to lead and stay consistent to her pro-life principles,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of DFLA. “She is working to ensure that taxpayer funds are not used for abortion in military facilities and also working to enact a permanent Hyde ban that would prevent the annual fight over abortion funding, something Republicans did not do when they had control of the House, Senate and White House.”
Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Their primary mission has been to elect pro-life Democrats, support pro-life elected officials, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform and achieve legislation that fosters respect for human life.
Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) currently has 41 state chapters with plans to expand the group into additional states by the end of the year. In addition to the grassroots support across America, the group has several Members of Congress who are actively promoting the group’s mission. Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life, an international network for peace, justice and life.