January 30, 2023

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Planned Parenthood Rally Sundance on 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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Sundance’s personal comeback sparked joyous reunions on Utah soil this week, but it’s not all celebration. The industry faced a troubling milestone Sunday in Park City: the 50-year anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the constitutional right to an abortion.

Last June, the US Supreme Court overturned that decision, prompting pro-choice supporters — including many powerbrokers in entertainment and media — to take action. In an intimate gathering near Main Street, Planned Parenthood held its ninth annual Sex, Politics, Movies and TV event, where group leaders urged Hollywood to help fight for reproductive rights.

Karen Spruch, Planned Parenthood’s director of national arts and entertainment engagement, co-hosted the event with director Nisha Ganatra (“Late Night,” “The High Note”).

In his remarks, Spruch said the cocktail party should have toasted Roe’s birthday, but instead, “the Supreme Court has taken away our federal constitutional right to abortion. Although 85% of Americans say it should be legal, 18 states already have bans or restrictions on abortion. One in three people have to leave their home state if they get pregnant and don’t want to get pregnant.”

The executive said that precisely why he comes to Sundance every year is because “no one knows the power of stories or has the unique ability to tell them like you. Stories that help make sense of the world. That build value. That changes culture to be more compassionate.

Ganatra has spoken of using her platform as a director to advocate for Planned Parenthood, as she inserted billboards for the organization in exterior shots for “The High Note,” a 2020 film starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

The scene stealer of the afternoon was 71-year-old Carrie Galloway, CEO of Planned Parenthood’s Utah chapter. An employee since 1981, Galloway roused the room by announcing: “Good sex, safe sex, responsible sex – it’s possible in Utah!”

Galloway was due to step down in 2022, but remains in his post. When asked how optimistic she is about the state of reproductive rights, she said: diversity, “I have to stay, or people will die in the streets. Science has changed, values ​​have changed, women have changed. And we’re not going to tolerate that.”

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