Challenger in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District Earns Endorsement from Nation’s Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group
For Immediate Release: September 3, 2019
NARAL Pro-Choice America today endorsed Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s campaign to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, a seat currently held by anti-choice Representative Rodney Davis.
“Illinois women and families need a strong fighter in their corner who will stand up for reproductive freedom at a time when it’s under attack like never before,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Betsy Dirksen Londrigan will be a champion for Illinoisans’ fundamental rights in the face of extreme attacks from the anti-choice lobby. NARAL is proud to endorse Betsy’s campaign and send a fighter for reproductive freedom to Congress.”
“I’m proud to have NARAL standing with me in this race,” said Dirksen Londrigan. “While Congressman Davis has repeatedly voted to take health care coverage and reproductive rights from women and families in Central Illinois, NARAL works tirelessly to protect access to reproductive health care and ensure intensely personal health decisions are made by a woman and her doctor—not politicians in DC.”
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois where she now lives with her family. As a leader for nonprofits in Central Illinois, she tirelessly advocated for local hospitals and expanding access to healthcare for Illinois families. In 2018, Dirksen Londrigan came within 1 percentage point of unseating anti-choice incumbent Representative Rodney Davis. She is running for Congress in this cycle to stand up for middle-class families and protect all Americans’ fundamental rights, including reproductive freedom.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”