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Board of Directors
is one of the founders of Democrats for Life
Currently, she serves as the State Chapter Coordinator and is President of Democrats for Life of Texas.
Lois has attended nearly every Democratic State Convention since 1972 and has often served as a precinct chair and election judge.
1° Single Source Speakers
In 1999, Lois Kerschen helped to found Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) and served for five years as its first president.
talks, Lois Kerschen
explains the 95-10 Initiative and shares the history of DFLA
, including the opposition to the organization from within the Democratic Party, as well as the remarkable response from other pro-life Democrats
who thought they were alone.
has brought a lot of pro-life Democrats
out of the closet and has impacted the platform of the party.
In addition, Lois Kerschen
can present the pro-life argument from a feminist perspective, showing the connection between being pro-life and pro-woman while showing the lack of logic and gross inconsistencies of the pro-abortion movement that have confused society and harmed women.
An educator and freelance writer, Lois Kerschen holds a doctorate in literature with special interests in nonfiction and reading education.
dissertation, American Proverbs About Women, was published by Greenwood Press
has spoken before rallies, organizations, and audiences of every variety.
decisive, straightforward manner, mixed with compassion and humor, catches the attention of every member of the audience and always stirs people to think through the issues.
For example, committee member Lois ...
For example, committee member Lois Kerschen is a former CPC counselor and co-founder of Democrats for Life of America, while noted anti-choice advocate Carol Everett heads the Heidi Group, a Christian-based nonprofit which proclaims it "sets women free from abortion.
The seven "Choose Life" Advisory Committee ...
The seven "Choose Life" Advisory Committee appointments are: Judy Canon, Carol Everett, Kathy Haigler, Lois Kerschen, Matt Kouri, Mikeal Love and Julie Stobbe.
• Lois Kerschen
Ms. Kerschen has experience in grants administration and early childhood development.
She is a certified grant writer who served as associate director of graduate studies and research at Lamar University.
She also served as a grants administrator for the Houston Independent School District, where she wrote and reviewed grant proposals.
In addition, she served as a senior research scientist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she wrote and edited early childhood education journal articles, grant proposals and training manuals.
Ms. Kerschen is a former board member for Right to Life of Lubbock, and served as a counselor for a pregnancy resource center.
She is a longtime member of Feminists for Life and an advocate of their varied services for women on health care, education, child care and other issues.
Ms. Kerschen is also co-founder and a board member for Democrats for Life of America, which advocates for the protection of human life as the foundation of human rights and the principle that injustices such as poverty and prejudice directly and indirectly threaten human life.
She also serves as president of Democrats for Life of Texas, which is the state chapter of Democrats for Life of America.
Democrats for Life Part 2
Lois Kerschen, a Texan who was the organization's first president, recalled that Texas, Kentucky and Indiana all had state groups of pro-life Democrats before the national organization was launched.
thought that response was absurd: ". . . they're saying that we would want to change the platform.
When the Texas state party linked its Web site to the Democrats for Life Texas chapter, Kerschen
reported, it quickly led to contacts with two Democratic county leaders and produced "a rise in our e-mail contacts . . . it has really made a difference."5
Organizing in the States
Texas Democrats for Life
has several local chapters and holds an annual convention.
Three Democratic U.S. House members-and a number of Democrats in the Texas state legislature-consistently vote against abortion.
Yet even in Texas, Kerschen
complained, the party has put heavy pressure on candidates to support abortion.
recalled people "who have practically talked to me in a closet because they were so afraid for anybody to find out they were pro-life . . . it's sad, it's pathetic.
In my opinion, it's a little spineless.
But you know, political realities are such that these people are absolutely pounded on by the party."
Now, however, after losing elections to the point where they have no statewide officeholders at all, party leaders are trying "to see what the problem is," Kerschen
would probably be an excellent candidate; she
is articulate, attractive, and a good "people person.
understands the problem.
"Every time, I try to encourage people not to have the convention at a church," she
said, "but usually that is the most convenient, the easiest to get, the least expensive, and so forth."53 Good organizing, though, requires giving up convenience in favor of effectiveness.
2. "Democrats for Life of America 2003 Platform," n.p., 27 March 2003; Carol Crossed, second interview by author, 15 Aug. 2003; Lois Kerschen
, second interview by author, 14 July 2003, transcript; and Kristen Day, interview by author, 13 March 2003, transcript.
6. Lois Kerschen
, first interview by author, 21 Jan. 2003, transcript; and Molly Beth Malcolm, quoted in Rebecca Rodriguez, "Demo Group to Rally Against Abortion," San Antonio Express News
, www.mysanantonio.com, posted 5 June 2003.