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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 DainesFilm producer drowns while making political ad in Montana Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices MORE (R-Mont.) and Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithNew Jersey governor signs rideshare safety law in honor of murdered college student House panel to hold hearings on SALT deduction cap Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus.