Reps. Alma Adams, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brenda Lawrence received Champions of Women’s Health Care award;

Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson,Tonya Lewis Lee, and SisterReach founder Cherisse Scott honored

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) 45th Annual Legislative Conference, Planned Parenthood Action Fund honored three freshman members of the Congressional Black Caucus at the fourth annual awards brunch on Saturday, September 19. Along with media partners BET Networks and Centric, the women’s health care and advocacy organization presented champions of women’s health care awards to Congresswomen Alma Adams, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Brenda Lawrence for their commitment to reproductive health care and rights.

“Planned Parenthood is grateful for the support of the Congressional Black Caucus members Congresswomen Alma Adams, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Brenda Lawrence,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “At a time when extreme members of Congress are threatening to shut down the government over women's health care, Planned Parenthood is proud to honor these freshman members who have championed women’s health care and rights. We are thankful for their unwavering commitments to their communities and the women of their districts.”

Additionally, Planned Parenthood honored Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, TV and film producer Tonya Lewis Lee, and Executive Director of Sister Reach Cherisse Scott for their continuous support of elevating the issues of women and people of color throughout their advocacy.

Earlier in the week, Planned Parenthood participated in the CBCF ALC by hosting a panel, “Sex, Politics, and Black Women: The Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Our Liberation.” The panel featured:

  • Angela Ferrell-Zabala, Director, African American Leadership and Engagement, Planned Parenthood

  • Paris Hatcher, Network Strategies Manager, Race Forward

  • Alencia Johnson, Assistant Director, Constituency Communications, Planned Parenthood

  • Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor, EBONY Magazine

  • Angela Peoples, Co-Director, GetEQUAL

  • Jennifer Tucker, Senior Policy Advisor, Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP

Planned Parenthood also partnered with Higher Heights, Emily’s List, BET Networks, and Centric for the third annual #BlackWomenLead reception to recognize the strength of the Black women’s voting bloc in recent elections. Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington also provided rapid HIV testing at the CBCF ALC Community Breakfast and Health Fair.

More information about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference can be found here: