One hundred years after a Brooklyn nurse was jailed for selling her patients an illegal pamphlet on birth control methods, Planned Parenthood is still redefining activism.
Supporters of the group saluted the organization during a City Hall celebration on its 100th anniversary Sunday, refusing to rest on its laurels.
“Planned Parenthood and New York City are aligned,” said Planned Parenthood of New York City CEO Joan Malin. “We want to be where people are in the city of New York to provide care. We are seeking to create a city where access to health care and essential human services are a reality for all people.”
Malin joined activists and elected leaders in the City Hall rotunda, which was elegantly lit in bright fuchsia lights for the occasion.
Speakers paying tribute to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger included First Lady Chirlane McCray, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and City Council Speaker Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
The national celebration included well wishes from former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“When Trump and Pence attack Planned Parenthood, they’re attacking millions of Americans,” Hillary Clinton tweeted.