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Sen. McMorrow traveling to Iowa for Dem fundraising event

By: - July 19, 2022 10:19 am

Sen. Mallory McMorrow | Susan J. Demas

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) is slated for a trip to the northern Iowa city of Clear Lake next month, as a star guest at a Democratic fundraiser after becoming a burgeoning national figure on key issues.

The “breakout star of the Democratic party,” as the fundraiser calls her, will be attending the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding on Aug. 12. The event is a joint fundraiser and is operated by a committee in association with several Democratic county parties of Iowa.

Political figures visiting Iowa usually sets off speculation about a possible presidential run.

McMorrow first gained the national spotlight for a viral floor speech in April that has now garnered 15.2 million views. In it, she hit back against state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) for baselessly accusing her of sexualizing children by standing up for LGBTQ+ issues.

Theis’ language echoes ideas aligned with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.

The Royal Oak Democrat received a supportive phone call from President Joe Biden several days later and has been the subject of many national media stories. 

McMorrow has also gained national acclaim for speaking out in support of reproductive rights. 

She spoke about her experience and shared her concerns about a post-Roe v. Wade country during a U.S. congressional hearing last week, where she was invited to testify on the impacts of criminalizing pregnant people and their providers for performing abortions.

McMorrow had undergone a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure last year to remove a displaced IUD that had punctured through and was outside of her uterus.

“If we don’t have trained physicians who know how to perform abortion procedures because they’re not allowed to learn them, I might be dead right now,” McMorrow said. 


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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins is a former Michigan Advance reporter. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service.