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Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest will celebrate the Fearless Voices of reproductive health care advocates and supporters at its 53rd anniversary dinner on March 30. The featured speaker and our award recipient are at the forefront of the reproductive justice movement, and will shed light on our recent struggles and our spirit of perseverance.
This dinner comes at a pivotal moment for reproductive rights in this country. A woman’s fundamental right to access safe, legal abortion was before the U.S. Supreme Court just days ago, and the consequences of the justices’ decision will reverberate far beyond Texas. The U.S. Senate also continues to launch baseless investigations into Planned Parenthood even though dozens of investigations across the country have cleared our 100-year-old institution of any wrongdoing.
“Now more than ever is the time to proclaim our solidarity with Planned Parenthood,” said dinner chair Rosette Garcia. She and her husband and co-chair, Daniel Kisner, MD, are longtime supporters. “We are enthusiastic about celebrating the undaunted spirit of Planned Parenthood at the Anniversary Dinner, and uniting with other fearless voices in a chorus of support for this organization that provides vital reproductive health care services to thousands of people in our region, provides fact-based sex education and advocates for these rights for all.”
Featured Speaker, Carole Joffe, PhD, a professor at UC San Francisco’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, will give a speech on the resilience of Planned Parenthood in the face of great challenges. She is one of the most compelling voices in the field of reproductive health and politics, and an expert on the history of abortion in the U.S.
Dr. Willie Parker, MD, one of the last abortion providers in Mississippi, will receive the Fearless Voice Award for his work providing abortion to women in states where anti-abortion extremists have made it nearly impossible for women to access care. Dr. Parker was recently featured in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary Trapped, which details the struggle Parker and other abortion providers in the South endure to provide women in that region with the health care they need and deserve.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s dinner at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront celebrating the fearless voices of our strong and growing community of supporters. We will also celebrate Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest’s many recent victories: We opened new health centers in communities that need us, expanded medical services to enhance our patients’ care, provided more health education programs for youth, and united our supporters under proud pink banners that reminded the world where we stand.
“We’ll honor another year of progress at our 53rd Anniversary Dinner. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the fearless voices of our staff, patients, community partners, and supporters whose passion and commitment drive Planned Parenthood’s mission and help us keep our doors open,” said Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.
Planned Parenthood provided medical services to about 140,000 women, men and teens last year in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. Our health care services include birth control, STD testing and treatment, and lifesaving cancer screening. Abortion care is a small and important part of our services. Last year, we also provided age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health education and information to more than 66,000 people through schools, churches and community events.
To learn more about our 53rd Anniversary Dinner and purchase tickets to the event, visit planned.org/dinner.