Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) is betting that the likely U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will help spur Democratic turnout for a tough re-election fight in New Jersey’s 7th district.
On Saturday, Malinowski has scheduled a “We Won’t Go Back Rally” in Westfield, an increasingly Democratic town and the home of the front runner for the Republican nomination to challenge him, former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr.
The rally at Mindowaskin Park is part of the National Day of Action on Abortion Rights.
Earlier today, Malinowski bashed U.S. Senate Republicans for blocking legislation to preserve legal abortion into federal law. The House passed the same bill last fall.
“This filibuster represents another step in a decades-long effort to restrict women’s fundamental, constitutional freedoms, but it is not the final one,” the two-term congressman said. “Republicans have made clear that, given the opportunity, they will pass a national ban on abortion.”
Malinowski sees an opening on the abortion issue. Just before leaving the State Senate earlier this year, Kean voted no on a vote to codify Roe v. Wade into state law. The other leading GOP candidates, including Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) and newcomer John Henry Isemann, are pro-life.
“States across the country are already threatening to mandate pregnancies for victims of rape and incest, and to punish women for crossing state lines to seek necessary health care,” said Malinowski. “In much of the country, women and their doctors will face criminal prosecution for abortion services, even when a woman’s life is at risk. We cannot go back to the time when women risked their lives for underground abortions.”