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On Thursday, January 21, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. Over 600 guests attended the fundraiser held at City Winery.
 
Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss was honored with the Richard J. Phelan Profile in Courage Award for his leadership in promoting access to comprehensive reproductive health care and sexual health education and for his vocal support for reproductive rights. Lorie Chaiten, Director of the ACLU of Illinois’ Reproductive Rights Project, received the Dr. Marvin Rosner Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30 year legal career protecting and advancing reproductive rights through litigation and advocacy.
 
Lorie Chaiten and Senator Daniel Biss
Lorie Chaiten and Senator Daniel Biss
 
Congressman Mike Quigley served as the event’s Honorary Co-Chair. Event Co-Chairs included State Senator Toi Hutchison, Alderman Joe Moreno, Planned Parenthood of Illinois board member Celena Roldán Moreno, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action board member Becky Galler, and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action volunteer Lindsay Budzynski.
 

Senator Toi Hutchinson, Lindsay Budzynski, Congressman Mike Quigley,
Carole Brite, Celena Roldán-Moreno, Alderman Joe Moreno, Becky Galler

 
Special guests included Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Congressman Bill Foster and Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  
 
“This year, as we recognize the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the stakes for women’s access to safe, legal abortion are higher than ever, with politicians threatening to further restrict access to abortion and the U.S. Supreme Court soon to be hearing the biggest abortion case in decades,” stated Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. "This is why the 2016 election is so important. We must elect candidates who will protect women's ability to make personal health decisions."
 
Volunteers escorting guests into City Winery
Volunteers escorting guests into City Winery 

All proceeds from the event benefit Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood in Illinois, and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC. PPIA engages in educational and electoral activity, including public education campaigns, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy, on behalf of commonsense policies that protect the reproductive health and rights of women, teens, and families.  
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