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Democracy for Life of Illinois kickoff event Oct. 22

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Democracy for Life of Illinois will be holding a kickoff event in Effingham next week:

Democracy For Life of Illinois (DFLI), an affiliate of Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), has scheduled a press conference and initial meeting for October 22, 2007 at the Thelma Keller Conference & Convention Center, 1202 N. Keller Drive, Effingham, IL. The event will begin at 6:00 pm. Featured speaker will be Carol Crossed of Rochester, NY, one of the founders of DFLA. The purpose of the meeting is to publicly announce the formation of DFLI and explain its goals and purpose. Presentation of “The Case for Pro-Life Democrats” will be made as well as a brief explanation of DFL’s “95-10 Initiative.” Democrats for Life of America, Inc. is a national organization for pro-life members of the Democratic party founded in the year 2000. Democrats for Life of America exists to foster respect for life, from the beginning of life to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia. The goal of DFL is to mobilize Democrats at local, state, and national levels to:

a. elect pro-life Democrats to office
b. support pro-life Democrats while in an elected position
c. promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform
d. achieve pro-life legislation with the help of national and state pro-life Democrats
e. participate actively in Democratic party functions and offices

All members of DFLI, pro-life Democrat officeholders and candidates and interested members of the public are invited. For questions or more information, contact DFLI president, David Seiler: 217-342-6882.

[ETA: updated with more information. Also, apparently I got the name wrong at first and it’s Democracy for Life of Illinois. I kind of like that.]

but then, I’m pretty much a Godless socialist tree-hugger myself

Friday, October 12th, 2007

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on bringing attention to global climate change.

I’ve seen speculation around the blogosphere this week that if Gore won the Nobel, it would be the perfect springboard for a new bid for the presidency. I think that’s more than a little naïve. There’s a strong streak in the American psyche, particularly but not exclusively among the right, of resistance to anything that could be construed as letting outsiders tell us what to do. If Gore announces his candidacy, you can bet that by lunchtime Bill O’Reilly and the rest will spin it as “Don’t let some Godless socialist tree-huggers in Norway decide who’s going to be your president.”

I personally think a little humility and willingness to admit that other people in the world might have something to teach us would go a long way toward making this country a healthier place. You’d think, for instance, that the pro-life movement in the U.S. would look at countries with dramatically lower abortion rates than ours and ask ourselves, “What are they doing right? What can we learn from them?” But you’ll never find an article on “Lessons from the Netherlands” in the National Right to Life News, nor an interview with Belgian public health officials in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. Granted, that’s mostly because solutions involving contraception and sex ed don’t fit in with the agenda of most pro-life groups — more’s the pity. (At first, I mistyped that as “more’s the piety”. That too.) But I think there may be an element of false patriotism at work as well. It’s hard for many Americans, and particularly for conservatives, to admit that there’s anything the U.S. isn’t the best at. I would think having an abortion rate 2 to 3 times that of many Western European countries would be a hint, though. We can learn from other countries, and it’s not anti-American to say so. It’s as pro-American as you can get, to want to make America a better place.

Disappointed in the Visible Embryo Blog

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

The Visible Embryo site now has a blog. Sadly, the very first post advocates the destruction for research of the embryos whose wondrous development the site chronicles.