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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Fw: In Illinois, we can replace an anti-choice Dem with a bold progressive.
Subject: In Illinois, we can replace an anti-choice Dem with a bold progressive.
Today, at Trump's urging, the Senate will vote on a 20-week abortion ban that chips away yet again at Roe v. Wade.
The ban has already passed in the House of Representatives, and three of the votes in favor were cast by Democrats.
One of those Democrats, Congressman Dan Lipinski of Illinois, consistently votes with Republicans against choice. He also voted against the Affordable Care Act, voted against the DREAM Act, voted to water down Wall Street regulations, voted against student debt relief, and voted against a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
And this in a bright blue district that voted for Clinton over Trump by more than 15 points!
These are just a few of the reasons we and NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Rep. Lipinski's primary opponent, Marie Newman. Marie is solidly pro-choice, supports the DREAM Act, and will fight for Medicare for All.
Abortions that take place after 20 weeks of pregnancy only make up 1.5% of all procedures. These women face unimaginable hardships -- health complications, life-threatening birth defects, or fear of retribution after rape or incest. It is a difficult choice that should be between a woman and her doctor -- without politicians involved.
Before Trump, we could count on President Obama to veto a 20-week ban bill, and we knew that the Supreme Court would strike it down. But last week, Trump became the first president ever to speak to the March for Life, the world's largest anti-choice gathering, and he called on the Senate to send the 20-week bill to his desk. If Trump is able to appoint another Supreme Court justice in his term, the ban might be upheld.
That's why we need to stop the 20-week abortion ban before it ever reaches Trump's desk. And, in the Democratic primary in Illinois on March 20, we need to make sure this doesn't get this far again by replacing Lipinski with a bold progressive champ in this district that voted for Clinton over Trump by more than 15 points.
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