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Monday, April 23, 2012

Generations Gala Spring 2012

Planned Parenthood of Illinois honored generations of support for women's health care at its second annual Generations Gala last Thursday, April 19 at the Fairmont Hotel Millennium Park.

Joan Walsh
Nearly 400 supporters attended the event to celebrate how each generation approached the fight for reproductive justice and what Planned Parenthood is doing today to protect reproductive health care for future generations.

“Planned Parenthood has served millions of women across the nation for more than 90 years. In fact, 1 in 5 women has obtained services from a Planned Parenthood health center in her lifetime,” said Carole Brite, PPIL President and CEO. “Our collective mission – which we renew tonight – is to make sure that nothing stands in the way of women receiving the health care that they need and deserve.”

Joan Walsh, Editor At Large for and MSNBC Political Analyst who has publicly debated about women’s healthcare with conservative zealots – from Bill O’Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan - spoke about the war on women. Walsh addressed the need and ability for supporters to take rein of the national debate on women’s health care.

“We have an epochal opportunity to reframe this debate - to place contraception and abortion services in the full spectrum of women's health care and women's freedom.” said Walsh, “If we approach this debate with moral and political self-confidence, we'll win it.”

Yamani Hernandez and Margaret Wiley Carr
Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) was honored with the Margaret Wiley Carr Bright Horizons Award. The award honors the next generation of influential activists in the reproductive rights movement. Hernandez was honored with this award for her work in providing youth leadership development, sexual health education and legislative advocacy to ensure that all young people have access to the information and services they need to stay healthy.

"Teen Pregnancy rates are down considerably as a direct result of access to contraception.” said Hernandez “It’s critical that we continue to work together to ensure that both the right to sex-education as well as access to contraception and sexual health services, no matter what their choices, serves the unique needs of teens and stays intact."

The Conant Family
Guests also joined in honoring Doris Conant and her family for their commitment to protecting women’s health care. The Conants have been supporters of Planned Parenthood for more than 40 years.

We would like to express a special thanks to Joan Walsh for lending her voice to an empowering program, to our co-chairs – the Beidler-Witzburg and Stamm-Lehman families, to all the members of our Host Committee and to all of our Sponsors whose support allows us to continue our important work day in and day out.

Event Co-Hosts and Carole Brite
On behalf of our patients, staff and advocates, we are so grateful for everyone who was able to join us and for everyone who stands up with us to ensure that sexual education and health services are available to everyone.

Images from the Generations Gala are posted on our Facebook page!

For more information on Planned Parenthood of Illinois and the work that your support makes possible please watch this video.

Contribute to our mission through volunteerism, advocacy or donations by visiting our website or contacting us at 312-592-6800.

Hear more from Joan Walsh on her website or Twitter.

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