I entitle this post " In it Together, Faces of Those Who Care". Everyone who came out to support the Planned Parenthood of New England's big fundraiser in Portland Maine cares. They care about the reproductive rights of all women and access affordable health care by all. They are concerned enough to come out and spend their time and money to support an organization that does just that at a time when our government may have other priorities, so that we all can truly be in it together.
The rights of women's health care and access to health care is a moral issue, and a complicated issue, a concerned issue for many these days. I share some images that I captured that evening so you can see the faces of those who care, see the magnitude of the support, and introduce you to the speaker if you have not heard of him, I hadn't until Karen Geraghty, the Planned Parenthood Senior Officer and planner asked if I would volunteer my services for this event. The guest speaker was Dr. Willie Parker* a courageous and controversial man, who not only only provides full health care to women, but does it from his Christian background and his belief that he has to serve and provide care for all people. His beliefs are radical to some who only see it as an issue of right and wrong in one arena. I appreciated points of his speech, a blend of religious foundations mixing with his Doctoral practice, but mostly a humanitarian outlook encouraging us all to take a stand for human rights. Take a look at some of the images from the evening of October 27th at Aura in Portland Maine. #initogether
* About Special Guest: Dr. Willie Parker Author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, Dr. Parker is an OB/GYN working on the front lines of the fight for reproductive justice. He is the chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health and the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award. Dr. Parker has been featured in two documentary films, Trapped and Jackson, about the legal battles to keep abortion clinics open.