Dem lawmaker to speak at annual anti-abortion rally in Washington

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of the few anti-abortion Democrats on Capitol Hill, will speak at the March for Life this month after skipping the annual event last year during a tough primary challenge.

The Illinois lawmaker was scheduled to speak at last year's rally, but bailed following criticism from abortion-rights groups that supported his primary opponent, Marie Newman.

He later said he did not want to share a stage with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE, who addressed rally participants via a live feed. Lipinski has spoken at the event in previous years.

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Abortion-rights groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood fought to unseat Lipinski in 2018, with NARAL saying his planned speech at the 2018 March for Life was "proof of his extreme agenda."

But he was bolstered by anti-abortion groups like the Susan B. Anthony List.

Other lawmakers speaking at this year's rally include Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE (R-Mont.) and Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithChina sanctions Cruz, Rubio, others over Xinjiang legislation New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Republican Rep. Chris Smith easily wins primary in New Jersey MORE (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus.