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Less than a week after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention rolled up with its own share of political drama. While it is easy to get distracted by these exciting developments, it is important for us in the pro-life movement to also keep an eye on the policy platforms of both major political parties.

A closer look at the platform of the Democratic National Convention will unveil the party leadership’s hardline stance against unborn life. As we have highlighted recently, this platform is the most pro-abortion platform in the history of the Democratic Party.

From the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 platform:

 “Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion…”

 Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, in her acceptance address at the Democratic National Convention endorsed this party platform by saying, “We wrote it together – now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”

Something important to note in this platform – the omission of the word “rare” from the phrase “safe, legal and rare abortions.” In 2008, Hillary Clinton frequently stated that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.” On more than one occasion, Clinton would go on to emphasize, “and by rare, I mean rare.” Quite interestingly, both Clinton and her party have completely omitted their “rare” qualifier for abortions. It seems there is just too much money to be made for those willing to perform the gruesome procedure to support abortion only in “rare” occasions and Planned Parenthood stays financially involved and supportive of candidates who support it.

The Democrats’ staunch pro-abortion stance was further reinforced when they gave Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards a prime-time speaking slot at their convention. Yes, Planned Parenthood is the same organization that has been in the news lately for selling body parts of dead babies and who receive over $500,000 of your federal tax money annually to support their money-making business.

The Democratic Party’s harsh and extreme stance against life has only served to alienate millions of its own pro-life members. According to Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, “The Democratic Party’s abortion stances have already caused many to leave the party, and many more will drop out because of the platform wording…Abortion is also among the reasons Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives. In the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, for example, Democrats held the majority of seats until Republicans were able to associate the Affordable Care Act with “the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.”

Growing a pro-life culture in Georgia requires the presence of strong pro-life leaders in both our major parties. We at the Georgia Life Alliance are grieved by the Democratic Party’s staunch pro-abortion stance. We encourage pro-life Democrats to stand up to their party’s divisive leadership on the issue of Life!

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For the Georgia Life Alliance article about the Pro-life Platform adopted at the National Republican Convention, CLICK HERE.

For more about the Democrat National Platform on abortion, see this posting from NRL News.
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July 29, 2016
Emily Matson
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ATLANTA – Many Pro-Life candidates across Georgia emerged victorious in the July 26th primary runoff elections. These candidates will now be their party’s nominee in the November 8th general elections. GLA specifically notes that two races were won by candidates which took time to submit candidate questionnaires to Georgia Life Alliance Committee.In State House District 3 (Ringgold, GA), small businessman and former NASA engineer, DeWayne Hill advanced to the general elections with 57.91% of the vote. As Hill does not have Democrat opposition in November, he will serve as the new State Representative for Ringgold. DeWayne Hill is a GLA Certified Candidate.
In State House District 80 (Brookhaven, GA), attorney and former Chairwoman of the Georgia Young Republicans, Meagan Hanson advanced to the general elections with a margin of 29 votes. Hanson, a GLA Certified Candidate will face incumbent, pro-abortion Democrat, State Representative Taylor Bennett in the general elections. “We’re thrilled to see more pro-life candidates victoriously advance through the electoral process”, said Georgia Life Alliance Executive Director Emily Matson. “The movement to protect the rights of the vulnerable unborn is only strengthened when Pro-Life men and women successfully run for public office. We look forward to doing what we can to help these candidates take a stand for the unborn to our State Capitol.”
Georgia Life Alliance is the State Affiliate of National Right to Life.
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Tracy Winsor holding Haley Grace the first BeNotAfraid baby.

Perinatal Hospice Part 3
by Tracy Winsor,
Co-Founder, BeNotAfraid

[Editor’s note: In case you missed them, click to find Perinatal Hospice Part 1 and Part 2.]

North Carolina parents, Javier and Carolina Castro, were offered two options by their medical provider when they were told at twenty weeks gestation that their son had a lethal kidney anomaly.  Abort within the next week in North Carolina or travel to Georgia and abort sometime in the next month.

It was a friend who suggested a third option…carrying the baby to term.  She connected the couple to a local organization, Be Not Afraid (BNA), which offered perinatal hospice support to parents carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis.  A BNA volunteer called Carolina Castro within hours.

“At first, she asked me just to listen to what she had to say,” explains Castro. “I had no hope that she had information that would be helpful for me. I had only heard of pregnancies with complications being terminated.”

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Javier and Carolina Castro welcome their son, Gabriel.                         (Photo © BeNotAfraid)

The volunteer acknowledged Carolina’s feelings of shock and grief. She told Carolina that the “diagnosis day” was the worst. Often parents at diagnosis fear that the worst is yet to come when really the worst has already happened.

She said that the birth, even if it meant a death, would be easier than the diagnosis because there would be time to prepare.

She provided information regarding BNA support, and encouraged Carolina to look at the FAQ page at ww.perinatalhospice.net so that she could be fully aware of the research that supported continuing the pregnancy as well as the risks of a second trimester abortion.

She shared stories about parents she had supported who had no regrets about continuing their pregnancies. It gave them time to cherish their child’s life. She also reminded Carolina that her son had not been changed by the diagnosis; he was still the baby she had loved from the moment she knew he existed.

She shared parents videos available at the BNA website so that Carolina would feel less isolated in the experience of this diagnosis, and so that she and Javier could begin to envision the possibilities of choosing not to abort.

“This made all the difference to us,” shares Castro. “We didn’t feel alone.”

“And I remember,” Castro adds, “That when she talked about our son, Gabriel, she referred to him as our precious baby.  This was so calming in the midst of the turmoil inside my head.  She recognized him as someone who mattered.”

While the primary focus of BNA is in serving parents who have committed to carrying to term, the organization is always prepared to provide information and prolife encouragement to parents who are undecided or even abortion-minded.

BNA Co-founder, Sandy Buck, explains, “We are fully committed to the dignity of all life no matter how frail or how brief, and that commitment is not only reflected in the care we provide to the parents who decide to carry to term and the babies welcomed by our service, but also in our willingness to engage parents who are undecided.”

Carolina Castro was one such parent who ultimately decided to continue her pregnancy. The BNA volunteers who supported her and Javier in welcoming their son considered it a privilege.

On September 17, 2013, Gabriel Andres Castro was born still.

In a blog post two days later, Carolina wrote…

One thought I do have very clear in my mind and in my heart, is that yes, it was all worth it…The diagnosis (day) was the worst day.  The day when they tell you what you hoped, what you thought you had, was no more.  “Your baby is incompatible with life…”  That was the…day of darkness, of hopelessness, of fear…  

September 17th, four months later, was very different.  It was a day of celebration, of union, of unconditional love.  

Castro reflects, “I have no regrets whatsoever. I am so glad the option of carrying to term was explained to me, and so glad I listened.”

Javi and Carolina are featured in a BNA parent DVD available at the LINK HERE.  Their interview is featured in the subsection entitled, “At diagnosis, parents need information regarding the option of carrying to term.”

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Tracy L. Winsor, MPA, is Cofounder of Be Not Afraid (BNA), a private non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide comprehensive, practical, and peer-based support to parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term. She can be reached directly at Tracy.Winsor@benotafraid.net.

[Editor’s note: In case you missed them, click to find Perinatal Hospice Part 1 and Part 2.]