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On Thursday, January 22, 2015, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) celebrated the 42nd 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 500 guests attended the political fundraiser held at City Winery in Chicago.
 
Radio personality Loni Swain served as the mistress of ceremonies, and guests were treated to a keynote speech by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star and Planned Parenthood Federation National Board of Advocates member, Tamara Tunie. Special guests included Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Mike Quigley, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Congressman Bill Foster, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Senator Toi Hutchinson, Representative Will Guzzardi and PPIA Board member Matea Varvodic served as co-chairs for the event.
 
The event honored Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie with the Dr. Marvin Rosner Lifetime Achievement Award for her steadfast support of women and their families and for being a lifelong champion of access to reproductive health care. PPIA also honored Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board Chair Laura Tucker with the Richard J. Phelan Profile in Courage Award for her leadership in the women’s rights community and her vocal support of policies that promote access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, education, and information on a national and local level.
 
“We all know that in recent years, including today, politicians have waged an unprecedented assault on women’s access to reproductive rights, chipping away at access to safe and legal abortion, affordable birth control, and other basic preventive services,” said Carole Brite, President and CEO of PPIA. “Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is here to make sure that we elect leaders who leave women’s personal medical decisions in the hands of the real experts — women and their doctors.”

 PPIA, an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, 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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