Activists protest Lipinski over his support of overturning Roe v. Wade

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U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski

LOCKPORT — Abortion rights activists protested at U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski’s (D-Western Springs) Lockport office on Monday. Lipinski was one of only two Democrats to sign a letter asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Lipinski signed an amicus brief in the case of June Medical Services v. Gee. The case is about whether Louisiana can require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Opponents have called the requirement and undue burden.

Lipinski is one of the most conservative Democrats in the country. He told the Herald-News of Joliet that he agrees with the law.

“This is not an ‘undue burden,'” Lipinski said.

Protestors condemned that stance at the protest. The newspaper reported some women were dressed in outfits from the Handmaid’s Tale (a now-regular feature at many abortion rights protests). Signs included “Abortion is health care,” and, “Keep your rosaries off our ovaries.”

“I’m here today to call out Dan Lipinski for failing to trust women and science,” Holly Fingerly, from Indivisible’s South Suburban Chicago chapter, told the Herald-News. “I’m here because he’s launched an attack on those with uteruses and our freedoms.”

Lipinski is facing two progressive challengers in the upcoming primary. One of them, Marie Newman, came within a couple of points of beating him in 2014.

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