Pro-Life Democrats Needed to Help Defend Human Rights for the Unborn

Opinion   |   Kristen Day   |   Jul 23, 2013   |   11:32AM   |   Washington, DC

Kirsten Powers has made a lot of people think recently. She challenged the media’s silence on the Gosnell trial. She pointed out that most women do not in fact support late-term abortion. And she’s challenging the narrative that defenders of legalized abortion are on the side of human rights.

Kirsten Powers challenged this, saying, “Human-rights movements have traditionally existed to help the voiceless and those without agency gain progressively more rights. Yet in the case of abortion, the voiceless have progressively lost rights at the hands of people who claim to be human-rights crusaders. Abortion-rights leaders have turned the world upside down.”

Kirsten has hit the nail on the head once again. And Democrats for Life of America stands with Kirsten as she exposes the way abortion-rights advocates have tried to hijack the ‘human rights’ label. We stand with her on the side of the voiceless, those who have been stripped of their most fundamental right: the right to life.

Democrats for Life has long viewed the protection of human life, including the defense of unborn lives, as a human right issue. In our explanation of Who We Are,

DFLA says that “we believe that the protection of human life is the foundation of human rights.”The pro-life movement needs to present its defense of life in this way. And it needs to be consistent, applying these values across the board.

We cannot turn a blind eye to starvation or genocide, to people dying from a lack of access to healthcare, or to any other threat to the lives and dignity of each person. And we cannot protect the unborn without ensuring that their mothers have access to quality healthcare and the support they need.

A strategy that ignores other human rights issues and that offers no plan to support pregnant women is both inadequate and bound to fail. Working to elect Republicans who want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but have no interest in this larger agenda is not enough-not if we want to stand on the side of human rights and fully defend life.



As journalist Michael Sean Winters has noted, the pro-life movement must “be less tied to the Republican Party. Those same Republicans in Austin and Raleigh who may be doing the right thing on abortion are doing the wrong things on many, many other issues.”

What’s the answer? The consistent commitment to life and human rights that DFLA supports. And we are trying to build support for this approach from the grassroots up, so that we can find and support strong candidates across the country and lobby for laws that defend human life.

LifeNews Note: Kristen Day is the executive director of Democrats for Life of America.