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 TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE, who addressed rally participants via a live feed. Lipinski has spoken at the event in previous years.

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 DainesOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Mont.) and Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithLatest funding bill to reopen the government fails in House On The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown Overnight Energy: House votes to reopen Interior, EPA | Dems question EPA over Wheeler confirmation prep | Virginia Dem backs Green New Deal MORE (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus.