Planned Parenthood Welcomes Dr. Sarah Weddington to speak in Portland on Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary on January 22, 2013


Liz Delapoer
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
503.775.4931 x3321

Published: 01.17.13| Updated: 01.17.13

Portland, OR - Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is thrilled to celebrate next week’s 40th Anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case with none other than Dr. Sarah Weddington keynoting PPCW’s Annual Luncheon. Planned Parenthood expects more than 940 supporters to attend the sold-out event on Tuesday, January 22 at the Portland Hilton.

Dr. Sarah Weddington successfully argued the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision before the U.S. Supreme Court. A lawyer, professor, and women’s rights advocate, she is nationally known for her work on issues affecting women through her roles as an attorney, legislator, presidential assistant, professor, and expert. 

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood stands with women across the country in reinforcing the importance of safe and legal abortion. Access to safe and legal abortion is still at risk, despite a woman’s constitutional right to make her own personal medical decisions without interference from politicians.

Planned Parenthood understands that abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman to consider if and when she needs it. At Planned Parenthood, we believe a woman should have accurate information about all her options around her pregnancy.

In the 40 years since Roe v. Wade blocked states from banning abortion, it has been one of the safest medical procedures — today, less than 0.3 percent of women undergoing legal abortions sustain a serious complication. Despite abortion being legal, constitutionally protected, and consistently supported by a majority of Americans, opponents of women’s health have made it increasingly difficult for women to access it. In states such as Texas, South Dakota, Florida, and Michigan, some politicians have eroded access to safe and legal abortion through court battles, ballot measures, and burdensome legislative restrictions.

A majority of Americans oppose efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade.
• According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 77 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in some or all circumstances.
• According to a post-election poll from the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of voters younger than 30 said that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
• According to research from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of Latino registered voters support a woman's ability to make personal, private decisions about abortion.
• According to a 2012 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, two-thirds (67 percent) of African Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

As a leading women's health care provider in Oregon and SW Washington, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette works every day to reduce unintended pregnancy and keep women healthy. Planned Parenthood health centers across the country provide health care that helps women prevent an estimated 684,000 unintended pregnancies and 325,000 abortions every year. From courthouses to statehouses to Capitol Hill, Planned Parenthood works to protect access to health care for women across the country — taking action to ensure that women have access to care, no matter what.


Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is the largest non-profit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, approximately 60,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW’s ten health centers. PPCW provides a wide range of education programs and health care services, including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, emergency contraception, gynecological check-ups and Pap tests, breast exams, pregnancy testing and options information, and health counseling. Less than five percent of PPCW’s services are for early abortion care. For more information, visit

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