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May 6, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Joins with Leading Progressive Groups to Endorse Marie Newman’s Primary Challenge To Dan Lipinski

Organizations Will Back Newman in Effort to Defeat Ant-Choice, Anti-LGTBQ Rights, and Anti-Worker Democratic Rep. Lipinski

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2019
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Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America along with a coalition of leading progressive organizations announced their joint endorsement of Marie Newman in her campaign to represent Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. This group includes EMILY’s List, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), and Democracy for America (DFA), which previously endorsed Newman.

Newman is seeking to unseat Representative Dan Lipinski, an anti-choice, anti-LGTBQ rights, and anti-worker Democratic incumbent.

The joint endorsement comes as Newman’s campaign gains momentum in her bid to give Illinois families a real champion in Congress who will stand up for their values. She already leads the field in fundraising and enters the race with strong name recognition and grassroots support from her work supporting Democrats up and down the ballot in the previous cycle.

“I’m honored to receive support from EMILY’s List, MoveOn, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the PCCC,” said Marie Newman, candidate for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. “Illinois working families need a real Democrat with real plans to make everybody’s everyday lives better. I’ll never stop fighting to create an economy and society that works for everyone.”

Rep. Lipinski, the current representative for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, has made a name for himself siding with anti-choice activists and supporting a bigoted agenda instead of standing up for the real values of his constituents in a solidly progressive district. He has consistently attacked reproductive freedom and a woman’s right to make her own decisions about if, when, and how to start a family. He has refused to sign onto the Equality Act to guarantee equal protection to LGBTQ Americans. And he has repeatedly sided with Donald Trump and his racist and extreme agenda. He is out of touch with his voters and his party, and not the representative the people of Illinois’ 3rd congressional district deserve.

“Illinois women and families deserve someone who shares their values, not someone who pursues his own ideology that is out of step with his constituents,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Marie Newman is ready to stand up for the women and families of Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District and fight for their values. Dan Lipinski is dangerously out of touch, and has time and time again refused to stand up for basic values like reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality, and economic opportunity for every family. At a time where all of these are on the line, Marie is a champion for the rights and principles that matter to a vast majority of Americans and she will fight for reproductive freedom and equality for all. Marie was a formidable candidate last time around and NARAL is proud to endorse a proven fighter for progressive values who can finally give Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District a representative who stands with them, not anti-choice bigots and out of touch conservatives.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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