Washington, DC — Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) presented six Maggie Awards to journalists and news organizations for their exceptional coverage of reproductive rights and health care issues.
The awards luncheon is part of Planned Parenthood’s annual Organizing and Policy Summit, which brings together hundreds of Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers from across the country, as well as hundreds of young high school and college activists.
“It’s easy to fall into the trap of just reporting the ‘he said she said’ debate when it comes to reproductive health issues,” said PPFA President Cecile Richards. “But these journalists delved deep into the issues and provided their audiences with a better understanding of how reproductive health plays out in politics, communities and the lives of individuals. For that, we’re grateful.”
This year’s Maggie Award winners covered issues ranging from highly questionable adoption practices by so-called crisis pregnancy centers to female genital mutilation among immigrants in the U.S., the debate over health insurance coverage for abortion as part of health care reform, and the use of racially charged rhetoric by opponents of legal abortion.
The 2010 Maggie Award Winners are
• Commentary: Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for: “Is Abortion a Racist Plot? Of Course Not” and “Ga. Senate’s New Concern for Black Children”
• News Magazine: The Nation for: “Shotgun Adoption”
• Women’s Magazine: Glamour for: “The Serious Health Decision Women Aren’t Talking About”
• Online Reporting: Lynn Harris, Salon.com, for: “Our Daughters Should Not Be Cut”
• TV News Reporting: The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, for its coverage of the health care reform debate, the murder of Dr. George Tiller and the anti-abortion movement
• Special Mention: RH Reality Check, for its coverage of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, health care reform and the Stupak amendment, and the anti-choice movement’s targeting of African- American women.
“I’m very honored and very grateful to receive a Maggie Award and thank you for supporting and awarding aggressive reporting on this subject,” said Rachel Maddow in a video acceptance speech taped for Planned Parenthood. “But I must say I hope to never again have to report on another Dr. Tiller story again [where] people who have decided that if they can’t impose their opinions about women and women’s health and pregnancy through politics that they’ll impose them instead by force.”
The awards luncheon was hosted by veteran journalist and former ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr, who also received a Maggie Award in 1989 and 1992.
“As a former Maggie Award winner, I’m delighted to honor my colleagues who share a commitment to making sure that women’s stories — especially stories about their reproductive health — get told,” said Lynn Sherr. “These journalists tackle issues that many people would rather not address — from the suspicious practices of the anti-abortion movement’s ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ to female genital mutilation in the U.S. — and through these powerful stories, they educate their audiences and our leaders on issues of critical importance.”
You can read more about the Planned Parenthood Maggie Awards on our website and check back in early 2011 for the nomination forms for the 2011 awards.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
May 14, 2014