Partners in Care Awards Luncheon
On Wednesday, April 25th, we went to Huntington Convention Center to attend the "Partners in Care" awards luncheon put on by "Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio".
It is the mission of this organization "to protect, promote, and provide empowered health care for generations of women, men, and families across Ohio."
Its vision is "to create a world where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights, where access to health care does not depend on who you are, and where every woman has the opportunity to choose her own path to a healthy and meaningful life."
As Ms. Iris E. Harvey, the President and CEO of "Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio" wrote in her letter that appeared in the souvenir program, on this occasion we come together to celebrate "the powerful impact of four Ohioans who have fought for reproductive health care with honor, with love, and with unwavering faith in their cause."
These four people were:
Rabbi Jon Adland who is (according to a brief description in Ms. Harvey's welcoming letter) "a spiritual leader" dedicated to doing away with "barriers to reproductive health care access in the communities he serves."
Drs. Cheryl & Mickey Weinstein who are "a couple who give tirelessly of their time and expertise to reduce roadblocks to reproductive care access to our patients."
Mrs. Jean Sarlson who is "a dedicated volunteer who, through her generosity, has inspired countless others to support access to reproductive care."
As a special treat, there was a keynote speech by Dr. Willie Parker, the former Medical Director of "Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, DC" and author of the book, "Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice".
In his address, Dr. Parker talked about the need to view a person's reproductive freedom as a human rights issue. Along these lines, we were glad that he mentioned that we must also fight for the rights of people who have immigrated to the United States because all human rights issues were interconnected.
It was a rousing speech and after it was over, Ms. Harvey praised Dr. Parker by saying "there is a superhero in this room and he is my black panther."
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