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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PPIA to Honor Senator Dick Durbin

Join PPIA to Honor Senator Dick Durbin With Lifetime Achievement Award at Upcoming Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s Roe v. Wade 41st Anniversary event on January 23, 2014 is a time to celebrate our successes and collectively prepare for the road ahead of us. Join us as we honor this monumental decision and the men and women who work tirelessly to protect women’s health and rights. Tickets can be purchased online for the event which will take place at Bottom Lounge in Chicago. This year, the Dr. Marvin Rosner Lifetime Achievement Award is being awarded to Senator Richard Durbin for his stellar record of protecting women’s rights. 

The Dr. Marvin Rosner Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals that have spent years fighting for women’s health and reproductive rights. Dr. Marvin Rosner performed the first legal-on-demand abortion on February 1, 1971 while Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Grant Hospital. An Illinois law stating that abortion was prohibited within the first 90 days of pregnancy had just been overturned in federal court the previous day.

Throughout his political career, Senator Durbin has demonstrated a strong commitment to women’s health and reproductive rights. In 2006, he voted yes on the Senate’s $100 million budget amendment to reduce teen pregnancy through education and access to contraceptives. This amendment includes funding for legislation that would create and expand teen pregnancy prevention programs and education concerning emergency contraceptives. In 2008, he fought for funding for family planning and supported coverage of contraceptives by health insurance. In 2010, Senator Durbin voted yes on Affordable Care Act, which gives women access to birth control, breast exams and other preventable healthcare at no cost. 


In 2013, Senator Durbin voted yes for the Shaheen-Stabenow Amendment that would allow Congress to continue to protect safe and affordable access to women’s healthcare. This amendment was a strong statement in support of access to basic women's health care services provided through the ACA and other federal programs like Title X and continues to play a huge role in the support of women’s healthcare coverage, providing family planning and reducing unintended pregnancy.

The PPIA Roe v. Wade Anniversary event will also be honoring State Representative Camille Lilly (check back later this week for more on Rep. Lilly) and we will be joined by special guest and Saturday Night Live alum Jane Curtin. Amazing raffle packages will be available including a Wine Cellar, gift cards to popular restaurants all over Chicago, and an incredible sports packages including four 100 level tickets to a Blackhawks game. Tickets can be purchased on our event page. We hope to see you there!
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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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