Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Honors 'Champions of Choice' at Politics, Sex & Cocktails

Oct 11, 2010, 13:47 ET from Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On October 6, more than 300 guests joined elected officials, celebrities, entertainment and business leaders to honor and celebrate "Champions of Choice" at Politics, Sex & Cocktails, hosted by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County (PPAP).  This year's honorees included Donna and Tony Scott, Connie Britton, Calista Flockhart, and Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield – individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to women's health and the right to choose.

"At Planned Parenthood Advocacy we're committed to protecting access to affordable health care, medically accurate sex education, and safe, legal abortion services.  Politics, Sex & Cocktails celebrates this work and the important support we have from leaders across Los Angeles," said Sue Dunlap, President and Executive Director of PPAP. "Our advocacy efforts are especially critical as the November mid-term elections approach – we're sending the message loud and clear that California supports pro-choice candidates who will work to protect access to women's health services."

For twelve years, Planned Parenthood has honored "Champions of Choice" at the annual event.  Past recipients include Gloria Steinem, Amy Poehler, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, David E. Kelly, Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and Kate Walsh.  Honorees are Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project supporters who have worked to promote an open dialogue about sexual health and reproductive rights for women, men and teens.

2010 "Champions of Choice":

  • Donna and Tony Scott, Actor in Austin Powers and Enemy of the State, and director/producer of Top Gun, Crimson Tide, and the Emmy-nominated series The Good Wife.
  • Connie Britton, Emmy-nominated star of the NBC's Friday Night Lights.
  • Calista Flockhart, Emmy-nominated star of the series Ally McBeal and ABC's Brothers and Sisters.
  • Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, representative of California's 40th Assembly District (San Fernando Valley) and a strong advocate on issues impacting access to women's health care.

Funds raised at Politics, Sex & Cocktails support PPAP's legislative and electoral activity including advocacy, public education campaigns, and grassroots organizing.  The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project is devoted to improving the affordability of reproductive health care, promoting commonsense policies that prevent unplanned pregnancy and STDs, and ensuring access to safe, legal abortion.

SOURCE Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project