Congressman Dan Lipinski has been named a headline speaker for the 45th annual March for Life held in Washington, D.C. on January 19th, 2018 amid a brewing primary challenge between the longtime incumbent and his progressive challenger, Marie Newman.
March for Life is the world’s largest annual pro-life demonstration. Joining Lipinski will be Pam Tebow, the mother of Tim Tebow, former NFL player Matt Birk, New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith and Sisters of Life’s Sr. Bethany Madonna.
“We are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of speakers with such inspirational stories join us this year at the 45th annual March for Life,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life. “Each of these speakers bear witness to this year’s theme ‘Love Saves Lives’ in a unique and powerful way that is sure to resonate with the hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans from across the country who will be coming to march in defense of life this year. We look forward to hearing how love has empowered each speaker to create a culture of life within their individual communities and platforms.”
The pro-life group noted that hundreds of thousands of Americans are set to travel from across the nation to D.C. for this year’s March for Life, which seeks to promote the dignity of every human life and to stand against the greatest human rights violation of our time – abortion-on-demand.
NARAL Pro-choice, which has endorsed Lipinksi’s opponent in the Democratic primary labeled March for Life an “anti-choice group” and criticized Lipinski for headlining the march on Washington. NARAL issued a statement noting that Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski, a Democrat, will headline their annual march on Washington D.C. in January of 2018. Lipinski has made no secret of his right-wing agenda, which includes more than a decade of voting to curtail the rights of women, immigrants, and LGBT Americans. Billed as the world’s largest anti-abortion gathering, the annual March for Life supports banning abortion nationwide.
“Lipinski is doubling-down on his bid to ban abortion and subjugate women to second class citizens. Despite the ‘D’ next to his name, Lipinski consistently pushes an extreme right-wing agenda that couldn’t be more out-of-touch with the needs of hardworking Illinois families,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America’s States Campaigns Director, James Owens. “Luckily, Illinois voters can choose a true pro-choice champion to represent their values in Congress. Marie Newman will fight to ensure that women and families always have equal opportunities and equal representation.”
NARAL endorsed Marie Newman in November and has been a powerful force in her campaign calling her “a true progressive” that will represent women and families across the 3rd district. NARAL has already launched a Let’s #DumpDan campaign and purchased television ads in what promises to be an exciting and unusual campaign for the third district.
NARAL’s statement said that Lipinski as Co-chair of the Democrats for Life and co-sponsor of over 50 bills in Congress that restrict a woman’s right to choose, has made restricting a woman’s right to control their own bodies and futures a hallmark of his political career. The primary election is in March of 2018.