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40 years after Roe, still robust debate

Erica Tempesta and Lyz Hoffman/


Pro-life advocates protest outside a Planned Parenthood gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Political heavyweights applaud reproductive rights at Planned Parenthood gala

by Lyz Hoffman and Erica Tempesta

Planned Parenthood of Illinois celebrated 40 years of abortion rights and honored political activist Dawn Clark Netsch Wednesday night. David Axelrod and Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for protecting reproductive rights and applauded Netsch's decades of advocacy. More than 1,000 supporters attended, while about 30 pro-life advocates protested outside.

Democratic stars turn out to support Planned Parenthood

by Mattie Quinn

At the organization’s Wednesday gala to commemorate 40 years of Roe v. Wade, speakers focused on the recent presidential election and progress on women’s reproductive health. Former state Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch, who was also the first woman elected to statewide office and the first major-party nominee for governor, was given the group’s lifetime achievement award.