Carol Scher receives 2013 Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood

Six Rivers Planned Parenthood honored Garberville resident Carol Scher at their 31st Annual Choices Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Baywood Country Club in Arcata.

Scher began her long relationship with SRPP as a volunteer in 1982. She served as a board member from 2003-2009. She was also a board member for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.

She sits on a number of committees at SRPP including Education from 2003-present, Public Affairs from 2004-present and she has been a member of the Clergy for Choice committee since 2009.

Scher also currently volunteers as an abortion escort on Saturdays. She was a donor to SRPP’s capital campaign and organized a jazz dinner event in Southern Humboldt to help support it. In 2012 she donated her van to SRPP, which is now used to provide medical outreach all over the community.

Scher and her sister-in-law took her niece Jordan, and daughter Sarah, to the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C. in 2004. Sarah and Jordan made a sign that said, "Blondes for Choice, It’s a No-Brainer," which was quite a hit.

She has been very active in Southern Humboldt for many years and instrumental in helping to broaden support for SRPP. She organized a teen performance by the youth in Southern Humboldt titled, "The Day I Opened My Eyes."

Scher’s passion and leadership has been a major influence in the lives of both of her daughters who are also very active in the fight for reproductive justice.

Scher’s grandmother, Jean McGilvia Wilcox, who worked with Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood in 1921) to start the Minnesota Birth Control League, would be so proud to see all that Scher has done in the fight for reproductive rights. Scher’s unwavering dedication, passion and positive attitude make her this year’s recipient of the coveted Maggie Award.