Ceremony Honors Dr. George Tiller and Other Sexual and Reproductive Health Pioneers
The International Planned Parenthood/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) hosted its 28th annual awards and cocktail reception here this past weekend at the Embassy of Colombia. The occasion honored the achievements of IPPF Member Associations, individuals and institutions who have raised public awareness and contributed to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world.
Dr. George Tiller, a strong advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights who was slain May 31, was honored with the Medal of Honor for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Sexual and Reproductive Health. Dr. Tiller’s widow and family accepted the award on his behalf. In presenting the award to Dr. Tiller’s widow and family, Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret Sanger noted: “For 30 years, George Tiller stood up to protests, harassment and assaults, even being wounded some years ago in a shooting. He kept his clinic doors open to give a choice to women who never imagined they would ever need it – women with a wanted pregnancy that had gone terribly awry as it progressed.”
Dr. Tiller won numerous awards and honors throughout his career, and after his murder a special fund was created in his memory: The George R. Tiller, M.D., Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Women’s Health.
Other awards were handed out at the reception:
- IPPF/WHR Special Awards recognizing the achievements of IPPF Member Associations in three key areas:
- Outstanding Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: MEXFAM (México)
- Outstanding Program Sustainability and Resource Development: CIES, Centro de Investigación Educación y Servicios (Bolivia)
- Outstanding Contribution Made in Addressing the Regional Condom Gap: PROFAMIL, Association pour la promotion de la Famille Haïtienne (Haïti)
- WestWind Awards: with funding from the WestWind Foundation, to honor excellence in IPPF’s five strategic areas (Advocacy, HIV/AIDS, Adolescents, Access and Safe Abortion).
- Advocacy: Centro Ecuatoriano para la Promocion y Accion de la Mujer CEPAM, (Ecuador)
- HIV/AIDS: CIES, Centro de Educación, Investigación y servicios (Bolivia)
- Adolescents: Asociación Demográfica Salvadoreña, (El Salvador)
- Access: Foundation for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood (Aruba)
- Safe Abortion: INPPARES (Perú)