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Petoskey Residents Support Planned Parenthood

Published: 06.25.12| Updated: 06.25.12

PETOSKEY – Emmet and Charlevoix area residents gathered together at Harris Gardens on the lawn of North Central Michigan College to hear impactful speakers express why supporting Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is more critical than ever. Attendance at the annual Healthy Families Benefit on June 14, 2012, doubled from last year to 200 guests and raised nearly $35,000 dollars for reproductive health care for women and men.

Nationally renowned speaker, illustrator and actor, Tami Evans, engaged the audience with a burst of humorous reflections and an analogy of why sex education is so critical.

“Our bodies are like a Buggati Veyron 16.4 - boasting a maximum speed of more than 248 miles per hour - full of potential, beauty and unlimited speed,” said Evans. “What if no one had bothered to teach us how to safely drive a car, and then put us behind the wheel of a Buggati Veyron?”

Evans continued, “If no one takes time to teach us how to drive our bodies safely, there will be dents; we could hurt ourselves or somebody else.”

Harbor Springs resident Jim Offield made a special speaking appearance in response to the recent passing of HB5711 from the Michigan House and the censuring of two House Representatives.

“I am still reeling from this weeks events,” shared Offield. “In this day in age it is mind numbing to think that for the first time in our lives choice may not be an option.” Offield continued, “Planned Parenthood needs our support more than ever. I and my family have made Planned Parenthood our first priority. I ask all of you to give all you can, post on social media, inform your friends, and contact your Michigan state senators and Governor Snyder to ask them to defeat this bill. We will not, cannot, be defeated.”

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Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan provides sexual health care and education services, with locations in eight Michigan cities. Learn more at http://www.ppwnm.org.

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