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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action Announces Political Endorsements



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Planned Parenthood Illinois Action Announces Political Endorsements

Chicago (10/16/14)Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), the non-partisan political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood in Illinois, today announced endorsements for the November 4 general election. PPIA made endorsements in races for the U. S. Senate, U. S. House of Representatives, statewide offices, Cook County Board President, the Illinois Senate, and the Illinois House of Representatives.

PPIA endorsed Richard Durbin for the U. S. Senate.

“Senator Dick Durbin is an outstanding leader on access to women’s healthcare,” said Pam Sutherland, Vice President of Public Policy and Education of PPIA.

PPIA endorsed the following candidates for Congress:
•  Bobby Rush (D-1)
•  Robin Kelly (D-2)
•  Luis Gutierrez (D-4)
•  Mike Quigley (D-5)
•  Danny Davis (D-7)
•  Tammy Duckworth (D-8)
•  Janice Schakowsky (D-9)
•  Brad Schneider (D-10)
•  Bill Foster (D-11)
•  Ann Callis (D-13)
•  Cheri Bustos (D-17)
“Seeing the repeated attacks on women’s healthcare in the Congress, we know the importance of electing candidates who clearly support access to reproductive healthcare, including birth control and abortion services,” said Pam Sutherland. “It is essential that we elect these candidates because we know they will stand up for women, no matter what.”

PPIA endorsed these candidates for statewide office:
•  Pat Quinn for Governor
•  Paul Vallas for Lt. Governor
•  Lisa Madigan for Attorney General
•  Jesse White for Secretary of State
•  Sheila Simon for Comptroller
•  both Michael Frerichs and Tom Cross for Treasurer

PPIA also endorsed Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President. 


“These candidates understand that they cannot make a personal health decision for someone else,” commented Sutherland. “They respect the complicated, deeply private healthcare decisions women make in consultation with their qualified medical providers.”  


PPIA endorsed these candidates for the Illinois Senate:
•  Mattie Hunter (D-3)
•  John Cullerton (D-6)
•  Daniel Biss (D-9)
•  Suzanne Glowiak (D-24)
•  Terry Link (D-30)
•  Mike Jacobs (D-36)
•  Don Harmon (D-39)
•  Linda Holmes (D-42)
•  James Clayborne, Jr. (D-57)

“The members of the Illinois General Assembly have the power to make policies that directly impact access to women’s healthcare,” added Sutherland. “These candidates know that in order to reduce unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy, all women must have access to a broad range of women’s healthcare services including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, breast health services, Pap tests, sexual health education, information and counseling.”

PPIA endorsed these candidates for the Illinois House:

Daniel Burke (D-1); Edward Acevedo (D-2); Luis Arroyo (D-3); Cynthia Soto (D-4); Kenneth Dunkin (D-5); Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-7); Arthur Turner (D-9); Pamela Reaves-Harris (D-10); Ann Williams (D-11); Sara Feigenholtz (D-12); Gregory Harris (D-13); Kelly Cassidy (D-14); Lou Lang (D-16); Laura Fine (D-17); Robyn Gabel (D-18); Robert Martwick (D-19); Mo Khan (D-20); Silvana Tabares (D-21); Michael Zalewski (D-23); Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez (D-24); Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25); Christian Mitchell (D-26); Monique Davis (D-27); Robert Rita (D-28); Thaddeus Jones (D-29); William Davis (D-30); Marcus Evans, Jr. (D-33); Elgie Sims, Jr. (D-34); Frances Ann Hurley (D-35); Nichole Serbin (D-37); Al Riley (D-38); Will Guzzardi (D-39); Jaime Andrade, Jr. (D-40); Anna Moeller (D-43); Fred Crespo (D-44); Jenny Burke (D-45); Deb Conroy (D-46); Valerie Burd (D-50); Bill Downs (D-52); Martin Moylan (D-55); Michelle Mussman (D-56); Elaine Nekritz (D-57); Scott Drury (D-58); Carol Sente (D-59); Loren Karner (D-61); Sam Yingling (D-62); Jack Franks (D-63); Litesa Wallace (D-67); Mike Smiddy (D-71); Patrick Verschoore (D-72); Martha Shugart (D-75); Kathleen Willis (D-77); Camille Lilly (D-78); Anthony DeLuca (D-80); Elizabeth Chaplin (D-81); Stephanie Kifowit (D-84); Emily McAsey (D-85); Lawrence Walsh, Jr. (D-86); Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-92); Moira Dunn (D-97); Natalie Manley (D-98); Carol Ammons (D-103); Jay Hoffman (D-113); Eddie Lee Jackson (D-114).

PPIA engages in educational and electoral activity, including public education campaigns, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy on behalf of commonsense policies that protect the reproductive health and rights of women, teens and families. All pro-choice/pro-Planned Parenthood incumbents receive an endorsement regardless of the position of the opponent. To see the full list of PPIA-endorsed candidates online, visit www.ppiaction.org.

Voters can now access information about candidates in one place with the newly launched online Voter Guide, a voter education tool built by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Illinois Action and other Planned Parenthood advocacy organizations across the country. The online Voter Guide has been optimized for both desktop computers and mobile devices, so that voters in Illinois can take information and ratings on where candidates stand on issues of importance to women right into the voting booth. To access the Voter Guide, visit www.ppactionvoterguide.org.

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312-592-6800
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Planned Parenthood Illinois Action Endorses Pat Quinn for Governor


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Planned Parenthood Illinois Action Announces
Endorsement of Pat Quinn for Governor


Chicago (10/16/14)Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), the non-partisan political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood in Illinois, today announced its endorsement of Governor Pat Quinn for the November 4th election.

“Governor Pat Quinn has been upfront on his positions for his entire career. Pat Quinn knows that abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman,” said Pam Sutherland, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. “Quinn has always trusted women and believes politicians cannot make private medical decisions for us.”

PPIA considers a candidate’s record to be a true measure of his or her positions when it comes to access to women’s health care. On the day of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Pat Quinn came out strongly for insurance coverage of birth control for all women no matter where they work.


“Governor Quinn thinks basic preventive health care is a right for all women,” said Sutherland. “He knows that it’s not your boss’ business.”


Governor Quinn made sure that all those receiving health care through Medicaid have access to a full range of family planning services. In addition, Pat Quinn believes that youth need accurate information to stay safe and healthy. Therefore, he signed into law important updates to Illinois’ sexual health education law ensuring that sex education classes are medically accurate, age-appropriate, and complete.

“Seeing the repeated attacks on women’s healthcare across the country, we know the importance of electing candidates who clearly support access to reproductive health care, including birth control and abortion services,” said Pam Sutherland. “It is essential that we elect candidates like Pat Quinn who we know will stand up for women, no matter what.”

PPIA engages in educational and electoral activity, including public education campaigns, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy on behalf of commonsense policies that protect the reproductive health and rights of women, teens and families. All pro-choice/pro-Planned Parenthood incumbents receive an endorsement regardless of the position of the opponent. To see the full list of PPIA endorsed candidates online, visit www.ppiaction.org.

Voters can now access information about candidates in one place with the newly launched online Voter Guide, a voter education tool built by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Illinois Action and other Planned Parenthood advocacy organizations across the country. The online Voter Guide has been optimized for both desktop computers and mobile devices, so that voters in Illinois can take information and ratings on where candidates stand on issues of importance to women right into the voter booth. To access the Voter Guide, visit www.ppactionvoterguide.org.

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Contact:
Jacqueline Priego
312-592-6800
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This post was created by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA). PPIA is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL).

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ILLINOIS ACTION ENDORSES LISA MADIGAN


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ILLINOIS ACTION ENDORSES LISA MADIGAN
Attorney General Madigan on the Correct Side of Hobby Lobby Case

Chicago (July 8, 2014) —  In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting employers the power to deny women’ reproductive healths benefits to their employees, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action announced its solid support today for Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s re-election campaign, emphasizing the importance of the Attorney General’s role in protecting reproductive freedom and healthcare for women. “In light of the recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it is even more important that Illinoisans vote for a candidate who will stand up for a woman’s right to access birth control, which is basic healthcare for women. That candidate is Lisa Madigan,” said Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Attorney General Madigan filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that for-profit corporations cannot force their religious beliefs onto their employees and refuse to cover reproductive health insurance to its employees.

“Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is endorsing Lisa Madigan because she believes that personal healthcare decisions should be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or healthcare professional,” said Brite. “Lisa knows that women don’t turn to politicians or their bosses for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or birth control. Politicians and bosses should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions.”

“Banning access to contraceptives and reproductive healthcare is bad for the women of Illinois and bad for their families,” said Pamela Sutherland, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. “We need to re-elect Lisa Madigan because she is key to protecting our rights.  Unlike her opponent, she knows the Supreme Court got it wrong in Hobby Lobby and she believes Roe v. Wade should be protected, not overturned.”

Lisa Madigan is seeking re-election as Attorney General in November so that she can continue advocating for and protecting the people of Illinois, including women and their rights to reproductive healthcare. “I am proud to have Planned Parenthood’s endorsement, and I applaud its longstanding work to ensure all women have access to reproductive healthcare,” said Lisa Madigan. 

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Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). For more information, visit www.ppiaction.org.

Contact:
Jacqueline Priego
312-592-6800

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Funny Girl Katie Rich to be Honored at the 2014 Generations Celebration (Profile)


Katie Rich
SNL Writer Katie Rich
This month, Planned Parenthood of Illinois will hold its fourth annual Generations Celebration. We will be honoring longtime PPIL supporters the Newton/Weinberg Family and Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich. We are also excited to have SNL cast member, "Weekend Update" co-anchor, and former PPIL staff member Cecily Strong as our special guest.

Meet Katie Rich, our 2014 Margaret Wiley Carr Bright Horizons Honoree!

A native Illinoisan and staff writer for Saturday Night Live, Katie Rich received her BS from Northwestern University and traveled with The Second City Touring Company for five years. She was then promoted to the Second City Mainstage where she wrote and performed three reviews, including 2012's 100th review in which she performed an auction-themed scene that raised over $32,000 for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. 

Her solo work has been seen at iO West, TBS’ Just for Laughs Festival, and WBEZ’s The Paper Machete. Commercial credits include: Discover Card, Walmart, Eckridge, Sonic Drive-in, Lexus, and Radio Shack. Movie credits include: Martin Short’s Let Freedom Hum, Harold Ramis’ The Ice Harvest, and David Rosenthal’s Janie Jones. She can be seen in the upcoming feature film Bad Johnson with Nick Thune.

Q: How did you come up with the idea to do an auction scene that would raise money for PPIL?
I had been trying to write a scene that addressed the ongoing war on women’s rights and it was a difficult task. Everything I wrote sounded too preachy or was too straightforward instead of being satirical. We were asked to come up with a political sketch, and I had the idea of lampooning Super PACs through an auctioning off of an improv scene. We tried it for a few shows and found that the audience was very willing to part with their money to get their improv suggestion heard, and we raised, like $400 in the first week. I hadn’t even thought that would happen so I hadn’t thought at all about having any money go [to an organization]. But it was like, duh, all the money should go to Planned Parenthood and thus do more good than a mere joke or two could do. 

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Fourth Annual Generations Celebration
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Q: Did you get any negative feedback from the audience when they were told the money would be going to Planned Parenthood?
For the most part, no. But we had a couple people (who hadn't even given any money) walk out. The good thing was, there was nothing they could do about it – we had been very upfront that any money they gave us we kept. 

Q: Why are reproductive rights important to you and why do you support Planned Parenthood?
I was lucky enough to have a mother and friends and teachers who supported reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood. I was given the education and access to the correct information when it comes to my body. Not all women have that luxury, and I want to change that. 

Q: What do you hope to do to engage other young women on this issue?
I want folks to know that they can come up with inventive ways to stand up for what they believe in. You can combine what you love and what you want to fight for.

Katie Rich (l), PPIL President & CEO Carole Brite (r), and
Second City cast are all smiles after Rich's
sketch raised over $32,000 for Planned Parenthood.
Q: Who are your comedic and/or activist role models?
Sarah Silverman always nails it with her PSAs and her ability to take very heavy things and make them accessible and funny. Carole Brite and Sarah Weddington are so amazing to me. If I think about those women too much my eyes well up from sheer admiration. I also love how Amy Poehler has made a career out of being positive and supportive of people.

Q: Last year’s Bright Horizon’s Award Honoree, Sandra Fluke, is running for state senate in California. Do you think this award could launch your political career?
I guess I could go the Al Franken route. But I swear too much in public to be a politician.  

Q: Now that you’re a New Yorker, is there anything you miss about living in Chicago?
I'm not a New Yorker. I'll always be a Chicagoan. But if I had to pick something I really miss not having to spend the majority of my income on an apartment the size of a closet.

Join us in honoring Katie with the Margaret Wiley Carr Bright Horizons Award at our Fourth Annual Generations Celebration on April 23! The Bright Horizons Award honors young professionals who are making a difference in the world of reproductive rights. In the meantime, you can follow her @katiemaryrich!

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When:
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
VIP Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Main Event & Registration: 6:30 p.m.
Program & Dinner: 7 p.m.

Where:
Chicago’s Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
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This post was created by Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). PPIL provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare services and education to more than 60,000 Illinoisans each year. Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of PPIL.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Not Your Boss’s Business

Not Your Boss’s Business
By Carole Brite
President & CEO
Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Carole Brite
Last week I listened to a young woman tell her moving story about what affordable birth control has meant for her. The story started with heartbreak and ended with a happy, thriving family.

Diagnosed with endometriosis at age 17, Courtney endured severe pain and far worse, a serious threat to her longstanding dream of being a mother someday.  The only way she managed through her difficult years college and grad school was to get low cost birth control—the most effective treatment—at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Courtney is now 35, and her two young children are the biggest blessings in her life.

If the owners of two for-profit companies have their way, stories like Courtney’s may not have happy endings for millions of American women and families. This week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases brought by Hobby Lobby, a for-profit chain of arts and crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp, for-profit cabinetmakers, whose owners claim that their personal beliefs should give them the privilege to pick and choose which parts of the health care law they comply with and which they do not. Despite the fact that the law requires insurance plans to cover birth control, they want the right to deny their employees this coverage.

The owners are cloaking their arguments in claims of religious freedom. Their own, that is. Not yours or mine or someone who works in their cabinet-making shop or rings up customers in an arts and crafts store.

And so the slippery slope begins. If your boss at the arts and craft store can say no to your birth control, what’s next? Imagine a world where your boss could deny your spouse access to a life-saving blood transfusion, or mental health services for your loved ones, or recommended vaccines for your children—all based on nothing more than his or her personal opinions. 

There is so much at stake here, not only for the 27 million women who are already eligible to receive birth control without a co-pay, but for the millions of other Americans who, if the court decides in favor of the owners, could lose coverage of the care they need if their bosses say they don’t believe in it.

Every day at Planned Parenthood, I see how the birth control services and other top quality preventive care we provide is helping women achieve their goals, maintain their health, plan their families, and live financially independent lives. Birth control is basic preventive health care for millions of American women—and the decision to use it should be made by a woman and her doctor, not her boss. Access to basic care should not be dependent upon where you work or your employer’s personal opinions.

We look to the Supreme Court to rule on the side of common sense in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases. Getting a job at an arts and crafts store is not the same as joining a church, and for-profit corporations are not the same as people who have religious beliefs.  

Your birth control is none of your boss’s business.


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This post was created by Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). PPIL provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare services and education to more than 60,000 Illinoisans each year. Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of PPIL.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

10 Fun, Freaky, Fabulous Facts About Condoms

As the nation’s largest provider of sex education, Planned Parenthood works every day to reduce the number of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies and to keep people healthy. In conjunction with Valentine’s Day and National Condom Week (February 14-21), let’s take a look at some FACTS ABOUT CONDOMS AND CONDOMS USE. Some are mind-blowing, some are straight to the point. Enjoy and be safe!  

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1. Condoms can actually HELP your sex life!
Contrary to popular belief that condoms do nothing for your mojo, people who use condoms rate their sexual experiences just as pleasurable as people who don’t.

2. Easy peasy!
Unlike other forms of birth control, you don’t need a prescription to get condoms. They’re one of the most accessible and affordable types of birth control.

3. All the single ladies…
According to a 2008 study by the Guttmacher Institute, only 19% of single women aged 20 to 44 always use condoms. What’s up with that, ladies? Protect yourself!

4. Yabba Dabba Doo!
The earliest known illustration of someone using a condom is a 12,000+ year old cave painting. Guess we missed that episode of The Flintstones!

5. Silent but violent
Most people who have an STD don’t even realize it, since many STDs cause no immediate symptoms. For example, 75% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia have no symptoms.

6. Variety is the spice of life
There are plenty of different kinds of condoms out there. (non-latex, FC2 female condoms, flavored, colored, ribbed, etc.). Wonder if there are any red hot cinnamon-flavored ones for Valentine’s Day?

7. Dynamic duo
Even if you’re using another method of birth control, you may be at risk of getting an STD. Condoms+birth control = the best way to prevent both pregnancy and STDs. So put one on before you get it on!

Don't give your valentine anyting but love. show your parnter you care. call Planned Parenthood for top quality medical care. Call for an appointment today. 1-800-230-7526. www.ppil.org. #plan4Vday8. HIV fighter
When it comes to HIV, using a condom makes sex 10,000 TIMES SAFER than not using one.

9. Don’t worry, be happy. Very happy.
Condoms are a good way to feel more relaxed about your sex life. Many people say they find sex more enjoyable when they use condoms because they aren’t worrying about STDs or unintended pregnancy.

10. COMMUNICATE!
Yeah, we know talking about safe sex with your partner can be hard. But it’s important to communicate. Develop a plan and practice what you will say to your partner. Don’t be shy about communicating your needs and feelings. Send a message that condom use is essential every single time you have sex. A partner who respects you, respects your health, and their health as well.

New to condom use or need a refresher, check out the videos below.

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This post was created by Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). PPIL provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare services and education to more than 60,000 Illinoisans each year. Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of PPIL.

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