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Monday, October 17, 2011

Senator Durbin Receives International Family Planning Hero Award

This morning, Planned Parenthood, the United Nations Foundation (UNF), Congressman Mike Quigley, Representative Barbara Flynn Currie and more than 100 constituents honored Senator Dick Durbin with the International Family Planning Award.

Senator Durbin received this award from PPFA, PPIL and UNF for his leadership in supporting funding for international family planning programs and women's health care across the globe. Senator Durbin has stood for election more than 12 times in the House and Senate as pro-family planning - he always does everything in his power to preserve the right of women to access affordable, preventive health care.

"Senator Durbin is an unparalleled champion of women's health care," said Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. "We're proud to have a leader in our home state who is committed to improving women's access to affordable, preventive health care,"

Senator Durbin addressed the event attendees about the importance of supporting family planning around the world:

"International family planning is fundamental to improving the health and livelihood of women and their families around the globe," said Senator Durbin. "These programs also increase stability and spur development in some of the world's poorest communities, helping us also achieve important development and security goals."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thank you for everything you do, Senator Durbin! We look forward to continuing to work together to increase access to women's health care here and across the globe.

(From left): Timothy Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation, Carole Brite, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Senator Dick Durbin, Robert Gallucci, President, MacArthur Foundation, Lyn Schollett, Vice Chairperson, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
 
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