Shwartz recognized for lifetime achievement in pro-choice activism
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010
Longtime Metro Columbus League member Phyllis Shwartz received a Lifetime Achievement award for supporting reproductive choice at last night's dinner commemorating the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
The award was presented by Freedom of Choice Ohio (FOCO) and the National Council of Jewish Women, Columbus Section. The League of Women Voters is a member of FOCO, and League members from Metro Columbus and Delaware County filled more than two tables to celebrate Shwartz's achievement.
In receiving the award, Shwartz said that her activism was inspired by her Lithuanian grandmother. She was joined by her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters, and she acknowledged the support of her late husband, Myron.
The event at OSU's Fawcett Center drew more than 200 guests to hear author and activist Cristina Page. Page discussed the need to find common ground with those who oppose reproductive choice, particularly in the area of pregnancy prevention.