Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2020 / 17:40 pm
After a Democratic congressman said he would like to see more support from the pro-life movement in his re-election bid, one national pro-life group said its support has kept the lawmaker in Congress, and committed to supporting his 2020 bid for reelection.
On Thursday, Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), a Catholic, eight-term congressman, and a co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, told CNA that he has not received as much support from the pro-life movement as he had hoped in his re-election campaign.
“I’ve gotten some support from pro-life groups, but honestly, not as much as I’d like to see,” Lipinski, who is fighting off primary challenger Marie Newman for the second election cycle in a row, told CNA.
“Some people in the pro-life movement do not seem to believe it’s that important to protect pro-life Democrats. And I think you just have to look at what the other side is doing, see the value that they place on defeating someone like me,” Lipinski said.
Lipinski also said his stance on other issues, such as his support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, should have no bearing on the support he recieves from pro-life voters and groups.
But one pro-life group, the Susan B. Anthony List, told CNA that its get out-the-vote effort played the decisive role in Lipinski’s 2018 primary victory.
SBA List said it mobilized 70 canvassers to visit 17,000 “pro-life Democrat households” in the Illinois third district in the days leading up to the vote. The group spent more than $100,000 on Lipinski’s 2018 candidacy.
In a March 2018 Facebook video, Billy Valentine, SBA List’s vice president of public policy, called Lipinski “a Democrat who leads on the issue.”