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Marie Newman’s Victory in IL-03 Shows Undeniable Momentum for Reproductive Rights Champions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]

Washington, DC — In yet another historic victory for reproductive rights champions, Marie Newman — who received the first endorsement Planned Parenthood Action Fund made in the 2020 election cycle — won her primary in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district against anti-reproductive health incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03). Lipinski has spent his career attempting to restrict access to abortion, voting to "defund" Planned Parenthood, and voted against making the ACA law of the land.

Newman’s victory, after she came up just short in 2018, is the latest proof that voters are motivated to show up to the polls in support of candidates who support reproductive rights and health care.

Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes:

In this time of uncertainty, Americans need to be able to trust that their elected officials will be unwavering champions for their health care — every day and without fail. Marie Newman's victory tonight means the people of Illinois' 3rd district are one step closer to having that champion. Tonight’s outcome is just the latest proof that voters are motivated to support candidates with bold plans to protect and expand health care access, including reproductive health care. There is undeniable momentum at our backs — and anti-abortion politicians should know that their days in public office are numbered.





Newman's primary victory follows sweeping wins for reproductive rights champions in 2019, when voters booted anti-abortion extremist Matt Bevin from the governor’s mansion in Kentucky and flipped both legislative chambers in Virginia, creating new reproductive rights majorities. The new majorities in the Virginia General Assembly recently passed the Reproductive Health Protection Act, which repealed nearly a decade of abortion restrictions that had made it harder for Virginians to access reproductive health care.

Planned Parenthood Votes recently joined a coalition of progressive organizations — including NARAL Pro-Choice America, SEIU, WOMEN VOTE!, Indivisible, and the Illinois Federation of Teachers — in investing $1.4 million in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district, in a show of force behind Newman. The program included direct mail, digital and television ad buys aimed at exposing Lipinski’s extreme and out-of-touch record on reproductive rights and health.

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will together make a historic investment totaling at least $45 million in key battleground states during the 2020 cycle. Reproductive health is a top issue for voters in the 2020 election — and has been a winning issue for candidates.


Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.