Last week, President Barack Obama became the first president to keynote a Planned Parenthood national convention. Cecile Richards (pictured third from left) joined Planned Parenthood in 2006, and has expanded the organization’s advocacy power while pulling over 33 million online visits annually to its website. Richard's frequently comments on women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post and serves on the board of the Ford Foundation.
Sandra Fluke (right) was at first rejected for testimony before Congress in 2012, but at the special invitation of U.S. House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she shared the need for Obamacare to provide taxpayer-funded contraception. She became a media sensation, and has tapped into her popularity to expand her political influence.
The Geneations Gala was co-hosted by Illinois Senator Heather Steans (far left), and attended by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Second from the left). Both Steans and Madigan have been committed to abortion rights during their political careers.
Outside the event, 30 picketers from Pro-Life Action League informed gala attendees about the atrocities of abortion and abortion's link to Planned Parenthood's mission.