An Illinois Congressman known as one of the last pro-life Democrats in politics will be a featured speaker at the 2018 March for Life.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat from Illinois, has supported protections for unborn babies throughout his time in Congress. One of his most recent key votes was for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain.
“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 on Wednesday. “Each of these speakers bear witness to this year’s theme ‘Love Saves Lives’ in a unique and powerful way …”
Other featured speakers include NFL/MBL star Tim Tebow’s mom Pam Tebow, former NLF player Matt Birk and his wife and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey. The march is scheduled for Jan. 19, near the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
Because of his support of unborn babies, Lipinski now is a target of abortion activists who want to make the Democratic Party a radical abortion advocacy group.
NARAL blasted Lipinski in a press release soon after the March for Life announcement.
“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,” spokesman James Owens said.
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Lipinski is a co-chair of the pro-life group Democrats for Life, another point abortion activists used to attack him.
Polls indicate that NARAL, not Lipinski, is more out of touch with voters. Democrats for Life estimates more than 23 million Democrats in the U.S. are pro-life. Last year, Pew Research found that 28 percent of Democrats say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. Marist/KofC polling also found that 23 percent of Democrats consider themselves pro-life.
March for Life organizers said they chose each speaker to highlight a special community or platform within the pro-life movement.
“We look forward to hearing how love has empowered each speaker to create a culture of life within their individual communities and platforms,” Mancini said.
Hundreds of thousands of people travel to the March for Life every year to peacefully call for restored protections for unborn babies.