Portland, Or. Oscar, and Tony, nominated actress Kathleen Turner joined Governor Kate Brown and lent her time and talent to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon for its largest annual benefit, the 2016 Courageous Voice Breakfast. “I believe passionately in being engaged as a citizen in causes I believe in,” Turner said in her keynote address May 4th in Portland. “One benefit of having achieved a level of success that I have is that I can use my voice to focus attention. And a benefit of having achieved the age that I have is that I have the experience and legitimacy to speak in my own voice, to speak truth as I see it and to not give a damn whether someone might get upset about what I have to say.”
The breakfast also honored Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici as PPAO’s 2016 Pro-Choice Champion for supporting proactive legislation like the 21st Century Women’s Health Act and the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act. In addition, PPAO presented its first-ever Volunteer Excellence Award to Ramsey Tainton, a member of the Lane County Leadership & Advocacy Team who was tragically killed last year in a domestic violence incident.
Mother, actress and blogger Angela Uherbelau helped eradicate shame and stigma by bravely sharing her personal story, “What Happened When I Started Talking Publicly About My Abortion.” She told the audience: “At 20, I couldn’t have imagined speaking publicly about my private misery. Today, I wish I could sit beside that paralyzed younger self. I’d tell her that, as impossible as it might seem, someday in the future, she’d be able to talk about it. Someday, someone would hear her story, and try to understand.”
Turner, who began volunteering for Planned Parenthood at age 19 in Springfield, Mo., now serves as chairwoman of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Board of Advocates. She also supported PPAO by appearing May 3rd at An Evening with Kathleen Turner, a double feature of “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Serial Mom” with a Q&A hosted by local radio star Daria Eliuk.
FromPlanned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:
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