Defending the Right to Choose in Aurora
Jan 10, 2008
from 01:30 AM to 03:00 AM
|Contact Name||Jack Sechrest|
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Women’s Rights. It was a core issue in 1942 at the inception of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America headed by Margaret Sanger. It was on the agenda at the first meeting of the National Organization of Women in 1966 chaired by Betty Friedan. It made headlines in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v Wade. And in the last few months, it was in Aurora as ground zero for the abortion debate. Bonnie Grabenhofer, President of Illinois National Organization for Women (NOW) will discuss what happened in the battle over the Aurora Planned Parenthood clinic, why it became a national issue, and how the tactics used compare to those used elsewhere. What was done to ensure that pro choice voices were heard? Why was there so much focus on the permitting process, and parental notification at the local level? You may have read it in the headlines. Here’s your chance to learn the inside story.
Bonnie Grabenhofer is the President of the Illinois Chapter of NOW having previously served on the National NOW Board and as president of the DuPage chapter. She grew up in Elmhurst where she was struck by the different choices given to the two genders. Boys were told they could be doctors and lawyers, but girls were given options like teacher, secretary or nurse. It didn’t take long for her to become a woman’s advocate. Currently she is a principal in Partners In Learning, Inc. with more than 20 years experience in instructional design and project management.