Will You Be Attending the Roe Luncheon?

Volunteers at the 2010 Roe Luncheon in Tucson

Volunteers at the 2010 Roe Luncheon in Tucson

This post refers to the 2011 Roe Luncheon. Information about this year’s event can be found on our website.

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which recognizes a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona invites you to join us for our annual Roe v. Wade anniversary luncheon.

The Tucson luncheon is on Thursday, February 17, at the Doubletree Hotel. Our emcee will be David Fitzsimmons, of the Arizona Daily Star. We will be honoring Patti Caldwell, formerly the executive director of Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona, for her years of service. We are very excited to be featuring Amy Allina as the keynote speaker at the Tucson luncheon. Ms. Allina is the Program Director of the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN). Amy is also a founding coordinator of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, a national initiative working to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action. Continue reading

Planned Parenthood’s Thoughts and Prayers Are with Rep. Giffords

PPAA volunteers, Cheryl Cage, and Nancy Young Wright with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during 2010 campaign season

PPAA volunteers, Cheryl Cage, and Nancy Young Wright with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during 2010 campaign season

Statement from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, on shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords:

“The thoughts, wishes, and prayers of the entire Planned Parenthood family are with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and all of the victims of the tragic shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. Congresswoman Giffords is an invaluable and indefatigable advocate and public servant whom we respect for her courageous leadership on behalf of the people of Arizona and women everywhere. She is a fearless champion of health care for all Americans, and she played a vital role in the passage of the most important health care legislation in our nation’s history. She is a close friend of Planned Parenthood, and our staff and supporters in Arizona and across the country fervently hope for her recovery. We mourn all who were killed in this tragedy, and we will keep their families in our thoughts and prayers.”

Please feel free to leave your wishes for Rep. Giffords in the comments section.

Join us for the Annual Roe v. Wade Luncheon

PPAZ_Roe_v_Wade_Silhouette_LadyThis post refers to the 2011 Roe Luncheon. Information about this year’s event can be found on our website.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) is proud to present the 38th Annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Celebrations in Central, Northern and Southern Arizona. During this five-city celebration in the months of February and March, we will recognize the 38th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court victory, and conclude our 75th anniversary in Arizona. Attendees will hear from inspiring keynote speakers, and also honor our very special friends who have advanced a prevention agenda in the state of Arizona.

Funds raised at the Roe v. Wade celebrations will support PPAA’s work toward a prevention agenda at all levels of government during 2011, including local school boards and the Arizona legislature. Donations will also support our strategies to elect pro-choice leaders who will stand up for women, choice, and access to health care.

With each ticket purchase you become a member of PPAA, which includes benefits like primary and general election voter guides, direct candidate support via our Political Action Committee, regular communication regarding our endorsed candidates and women’s health news. Donations to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona are NOT tax-deductible. Contributions from business corporations and unions are prohibited.

We look forward to seeing you at the celebrations below (click on the city for full details and to purchase tickets): Continue reading

Enter Birth Control Matters Video Contest, Win Fabulous Prizes!

birth control matters video contestHave you got mad video skills? Want to make a video that matters and be eligible to win fabulous prizes at the same time?

The Birth Control Matters Video Contest has issued a call for the public to produce a 30-second Public Service Announcement about why birth control is important to them and why it is a vital part of preventive health care. The winning PSA will receive $2,500 and expenses paid for VIP attendance to two of the events where their PSA will be presented.

Submissions should be received via email by January 27, 2011. This contest is open to all Arizona residents and full-time students at Arizona colleges and universities. Contestants must be 18 years or older to enter.

Five PSAs will be chosen from all submissions to be considered for the winner of the contest. The top five PSAs will be loaded on the Planned Parenthood Arizona YouTube channel and will be shown to attendees at Roe v. Wade celebration events during the months of February and March.

Each PSA submission should embrace the following vision:

  • Together we will create the healthiest generation ever by putting sexuality education and sexual health care in the hands of young people — giving them the information and power they need to shape a healthier future.
  • The PSA should also emit the following values: honesty, inclusion, fairness, and respect.

Planned Parenthood Arizona provides vital reproductive health care information and services to tens of thousands of people — young and old — every year. We have been in the community for more than 75 years and access to birth control is central to our mission because it is important to those we serve.

For more information about the Birth Control Matters Contest, please visit us on Facebook.

Why Is PPAA Involved in Arizona Politics?

n1071468739_9926The Legislative session recently began, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona expects challenges similar to those we saw last session. If we are a reproductive health care and education provider, why do we get so involved in politics? Wouldn’t we be better off saving our resources?

PPAA’s president Bryan Howard recently explained why Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is so involved in the legislative process:

While most supporters tell me they understand the necessity of Planned Parenthood’s public policy involvement, others wish we’d avoid this arena, preferring instead that PPAZ limit its focus to the health care and education that have been the centerpiece of our work for 75 years here in Arizona. Continue reading

PPAZ President Resigns from Governor’s Commission on Women’s and Children’s Health

Recently, Planned Parenthood Arizona’s president and CEO, Bryan Howard and Candace Lew, OB/GYN and PPAZ board chair, resigned their respective memberships on the Governor’s Commission on Women’s and Children’s Health. This resignation was a result of numerous decisions Gov. Jan Brewer and her administration made that endanger women’s health and undermine the work of the Commission.

“Planned Parenthood Arizona believes strongly in the importance of the Commission’s mission and work. Indeed, the Commission was created by Governor Jane Hull following our recommendation,” said Howard.

The letter sent to Gov. Brewer cited that for the governor, political priorities outweigh women’s health priorities. The governor’s actions are deliberately contrary to the recommendations made by public health leaders who have donated their time and best thinking to the women and families of Arizona through their participation in the Commission’s deliberations on critical issues including teen pregnancy and inadequate access to basic prevention-oriented health care. Click here to read the full letter.

Harmful decisions made by Gov. Brewer and her administration, include: Continue reading