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Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) Introduces the Pregnant Women Support Act

DFLA 95-10 Initiative Gains Momentum


Contact: Kristen Day, Democrats for Life of America, 202-220-3066


WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) announced today that Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act into the United States Senate.  S. 2407, similar to legislation (H.R. 3192) introduced by Lincoln Davis (D-TN) earlier this year in the U.S. House, is designed to reduce the number of abortions by aiding those women who feel they have no other option.


"We applaud Senator Casey for leading the charge to reduce the abortion rate in this country by helping pregnant women," said DFLA's Executive Director, Kristen Day.  "Our goal since the beginning was to craft a bill that would find common ground and have a positive chance of not only becoming law, but truly helping pregnant women and their families.  Senator Casey's leadership will help tremendously with our goal to reduce the abortion rate by 95 percent in 10 years."


The battle over abortion in the United States has long been characterized by bitter partisan rhetoric and suspicion.  This bill will help shape a common-sense solution that people on all sides of the political spectrum can support.  DFLA believes that it should be the goal of all people to end abortion in this country and to help mothers and young children. 


"The Pregnant Women Support Act is about showing that it is possible for people from different ideological positions to come together and help those who are in need," said DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day.  "All Americans should be strongly in favor of helping mothers and saving babies, regardless of their political ideology or position on the legality of abortion."


One of the key provisions of the proposal calls for banning the discriminatory practice against pregnant women in the health insurance industry by removing pregnancy from all "pre-existing condition" lists in health care. Other provisions call for making adoption tax credits permanent, provides grants for low-income parenting college students, fully funding the federal WIC program, increased funding for domestic violence programs, and provides free home visits by registered nurses for new mothers.


Since its founding, Democrats For Life has propounded what they see as a more consistent approach to being pro-life, challenging both the pro-life community to broaden its view of defending life and also the Democratic Party to come back to its roots of defending those who cannot defend themselves.  They hope that this bill will further both objectives, as well as create common ground for all to stand on in the fight to defend human life. 


The 95-10 Initiative is a comprehensive package of federal legislation and policy proposals that will reduce the number of abortions by 95% in the next 10 years.