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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Honoring Dawn Clark Netsch

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that the Honorable Dawn Clark Netsch passed away today. 

Dawn Clark Netsch was a political trailblazer who relentlessly stood up for what she believed in. Among her many accomplishments throughout her political career, Dawn Clark Netsch made Illinois history when she used her status as the highest woman in office as Illinois Comptroller to call for the overturn of the ban on the “abortion pill”. Because of the work of leaders like Dawn, Planned Parenthood is able to offer medication abortion services to our patients throughout the State today.

We are incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to give Dawn Clark Netsch the Dr. Marvin Rosner Award for Lifetime Achievement at our 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade celebration on January 23. 

In the words of Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action:

Today we lost a true hero. Dawn Clark Netsch embodied what we all hope our public servants will be. She was honest and she fought for those who are most vulnerable. Dawn’s achievements have directly benefited the patients Planned Parenthood serves, and will for many years to come.
It was such an honor to celebrate Dawn’s legacy when she joined Planned Parenthood Illinois Action at the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade celebration to receive the Dr. Marvin Rosner Award for Lifetime Achievement this past January. I’m sure everyone there will long remember Dawn Clark Netsch for her courage, grace, and accomplishments.

The video below was created to honor Dawn Clark Netsch's lifetime of working towards equality. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

View more photos of Dawn Clark Netsch being honored with the Dr. Marvin Rosner Award for Lifetime Achievement at our 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Celebration.


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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