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 The new majorities in the Virginia General Assembly recently passed the Reproductive Health Protection Act, which repealed nearly a decade of abortion restrictions that had made it harder for Virginians to access reproductive health care.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.