Tuesday, October 6, 2009

17th Annual Gala Celebrates Choices

Created by: Jillian

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut “celebrated choices” at their 17th Annual Auction & Gala on Friday, October 2nd at the New Haven Lawn Club. Many distinguished guests were in attendance, including Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, State Representatives Betsy Ritter, Deborah Heinrich, and Matt Lesser, and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy. United States Senator Christopher Dodd was keynote for an event that celebrated not only our right to choose safe and legal abortion, but also the variety of choices available to women.

US Senator Dodd has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut’s national organization, because of his long distinguished record of protecting and defending a woman’s right to choose. Senator Dodd has been leading efforts to promote women’s reproductive choice in federal health care reform.

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut believes that being pro-choice means we support women in all of their reproductive choices and that women should receive accurate information on all of their options and have access to all available services. The 17th Annual Gala honored the relationships that build the pro-choice movement by featuring Kat Gloor’s Photo Documentary project and recognizing the organization’s Catherine Roraback Award winners.

Catherine Roraback was a civil rights attorney who argued for the right of married couples to obtain contraceptives in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Giswold v. Connecticut. This year’s honorees included State Representative Deborah Heinrich, Clarice Begemann, Kate Mitcheom, and Maria LaSala. The Catherine Roraback Awards are given to individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated leadership, courage and activism in the struggle to protect privacy rights, the legal right to obtain an abortion, and access to reproductive health for all women.

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