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March 13, 2012

NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 17th San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon Comes as Attacks on Women Take Center Stage

Program includes the co-creator of “The Daily Show,” a best-selling author, and a businessman who started a website to counter divisive rhetoric on choice

San Francisco, Calif. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced the program of her organization’s 17th San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon, saying the event, which is slated for March 21, comes as America’s pro-choice majority is mobilizing against a series of offensive and intrusive attacks on women’s freedom and privacy.

Attacks on women’s reproductive-health care have outraged Americans. A congressional committee held a hearing on contraceptive coverage that featured an all-male panel of witnesses. Radio show host Rush Limbaugh called a female law student who spoke out in favor of the Obama administration’s policy requiring insurance plans to cover birth control without a copay a “slut” and “prostitute,” prompting more than 100 companies to pull their ads from his program. In addition, Virginia became the most recent state to enact a law requiring a forced ultrasound for women seeking abortion care, even if she does not ask for one or her doctor doesn’t recommend it.

“Men and women across the country are standing up for women’s freedom and privacy,” Keenan said. “Our cause is growing as more and more Americans see an agenda in Congress and in state legislatures that is out of touch with our values and priorities.”

Keenan said the program would include a number of top commentators and champions of choice: 

  • Todd Stave will receive the Jan Yanehiro Speak Out for Choice Award for founding the website “Voice of Choice.” Stave established the site as a calm, measured response to anti-abortion activists who engage in misguided, raging protest tactics that are often ill-informed and only serve to victimize women, pro-choice professionals, law-abiding businesses, and unaligned bystanders. A CEO and entrepreneur, Todd earned a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from the University of Maryland. 
  • Lizz Winstead will serve as the emcee for the Power of Choice Luncheon. Winstead is the co-creator and former head writer of "The Daily Show" and co-founder of Air America Radio. As a performer, Lizz brought her political wit to "The Daily Show" as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting "Unfiltered," Air America Radio's mid-morning show, where she brought on board Hip Hop legend, Chuck D and political big brain Rachel Maddow. Recently, Lizz wrote and produced an independent pilot of her Off-Broadway hit, “Wake Up World," a scathing satire about Morning chat shows that Rachel Maddow called, “The funniest thing I have seen in years.” 
  • Best-selling author Thomas Frank will deliver the keynote speech. Frank most recently authored “The Tilting Yard.” With his writing, he explores the rhetoric and impact of the 'Culture Wars' in American political life, and the relationship between politics and culture in the United States. His books include the New York Times bestsellers What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America and The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves and Beggared the Nation. He currently writes the monthly “Easy Chair” essay for Harper’s Magazine.

Details on the 17th San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon

WHO: Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of "The Daily Show"

Todd Stave, recipient of the Jan Yanehiro Speak Out for Choice Award

Thomas Frank, best-selling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas and The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves and Beggared the Nation

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21
Luncheon program begins at noon

WHERE: The Fairmont Hotel (new location)
950 Mason Street, San Francisco

Media RSVP:The event is open to credentialed press. 

To RSVP, call Sarah La Due at (415) 890-1020 or e-mail at

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