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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PPIA to Honor State Representative Camille Lilly

Join PPIA to Honor State Representative Camille Lilly With Leadership 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 celebrate this monumental decision and the men and women who work tirelessly to protect women’s health and rights. Tickets can be purchased online for this event which will take place at Bottom Lounge in Chicago.

PPIA will be honoring State Representative Camille Lilly with the Richard J. Phelan Profile in Courage Award. This award is presented to individuals who show an immense amount of passion for women’s health care. While acting as Cook County Board President, Richard Phelan successfully removed the ban on elective abortions performed at Cook County Hospital.  He understood the importance of a woman making a personal decision in regards to her own body and that access to safe healthcare through medical professionals would be the only way a woman could make these important decisions.

Representative Lilly reflects exactly what this award stands for through her years of dedication to improving the health of Illinois families. Early in her career, Representative Lilly worked hard to fight for women’s reproductive rights and also improve health care. Part of her pledge was also to strengthen Chicago’s schools by sponsoring the Illinois Sex Education Bill. This bill requires public schools that teach sexual health education, grades 6-12, to have instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate and complete. Representative Lilly is quoted as stating, “As the discussion on the House floor made clear, it was time for us to modernize the basic curricula in Illinois for teaching sexual health education. If this measure becomes law, public school curricula will provide young people with tools and information necessary to grow and mature in a safe and healthy fashion.” With Representative Lilly’s leadership, the bill was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and became law on January 1st.

Supporting Planned Parenthood Illinois Action means you are supporting champions for access to safe and legal health care for all Illinois men, women, and teens. We look forward to seeing you on January 23, 2014 at Bottom Lounge in Chicago to celebrate advocates like Representative Camille Lilly who fight for the healthiest generation ever. Tickets can be purchased on our event page.

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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