“The catering manager mentioned on the phone that they hold events for Planned Parenthood, which is fine. That is their prerogative,” Day told the Washington Examiner. “I did try to explain to her our whole life mission, our support for paid leave, our opposition to the death penalty, and our belief that we must address the root causes of abortion and provide women with real choice. But she could not get over the fact that we oppose abortion. This is not something we hid when we signed the contract.”
Day said she understood if the venue did not support the organization’s mission, but it should have given them more notice instead of canceling the event 10 days in advance.
Democrats for Life of America is a national nonprofit organization aiming to defend life within the Democratic Party by opposing the death penalty, abortion, and euthanasia, according to its website.
“With 10 days to go, they should have let the event go forward and honor the contract and then just not rent out space to us in the future,” Day said. “It puts us in a very tough spot to find a venue 10 days away from the event. We reserved the space in October and signed a contract. We made a down payment. If they were not interested in letting us utilize the space, they should have said so from the beginning. We would have found a different venue.”
Kristen Day, executive director for Democrats For Life of America, said she received a call from the venue, Busboys and Poets, on Tuesday, notifying her the breakfast she organized was being canceled 10 days before the event because the caterer could not understand the organization’s stance against abortion.
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The breakfast, scheduled for Jan. 21, is still expected to happen at a different venue. She said the event would serve as an expression of gratitude for the organization’s supporters ahead of the March For Life event later that day.
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The event will feature an unnamed Democratic member of the House of Representatives who is against abortion. The Washington Examiner reached out to Busboys and Poets for comment but did not hear back.
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