Kathleen Turner speaks on Roe v. Wade
About 250 attended the Planned Parenthood event
Updated 1:46 p.m.
Kathleen Turner, the keynote speaker and national chairwoman of Planned Parenthood of the Federation addressed audience members with both some humor and a serious perspective about Planned Parenthood.
Char Wendel, CEO of Planned Parenthood, addressed the audience and spoke about how the protesters outside earlier are a constant outside the clinic.
“Abortion is only 2 percent of services that Planned Parenthood provides and the rest is other services,” Wendel said.
“I am very proud to be an advocate of Planned Parenthood,” Turner said. “You provide compassionate, non-judgmental care.”
“We are finding our client base is so expanding…now we are encountering many older people who can no longer afford their private physicians. It is an extraordinary stress on our clinics but we are meeting it.”
One out of four women will use Planned Parenthood services, she said.
By about 1:45 p.m., Turner was finished taking questions.
Turner was asked questions about her movies and about her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood.
She talked about “Romancing the Stone” with Michael Douglas. She said filming was all in Mexico.
“I had a ball,” she said. “I absolutely love what I do.”
Someone else asked about her roles on Broadway and she said she loves being on the stage.
Wendel asked about her role in “Body Heat” and her role in “The Graduate” and frontal nudity and the impact.
The nudity wasn’t such a big deal, Turner said, of the shows first in London. She said she would not bring it to New York and later changed her mind about going to Broadway.
The protesters outside of the Naples Beach Club and Golf Hotel have left.
Planned Parenthood supporters are waiting for lunch and to hear a handful of women share their stories of being able to have an abortion or how they or a loved one was forced to have a “back alley” abortion when it wasn’t legal.
The luncheon is being attended by 250 supporters and is expected to raise $75,000.
“Planned Parenthood needs to raise $500,000 a year to keep its doors open,” said Char Wendel, executive director of Planned Parenthood.
The number of protesters is dwindling along Gulfshore Boulevard. There was some confusion with members of the Naples Pro-Life Council as to where to go, whether along U.S. 41 or outside the Naples Beach Club and Hotel.
Beth Bohannon, 56, who is visiting for a month, heard about the protest from San Marco Catholic Church on Marco Island.
“We need to educate people, we need to see how people have suffered from abortion from their abortion and how they carry their regret,” she said.
Thirty protesters are gathered so far along Gulfshore Boulevard in front of the Naples Beach Club Hotel and Golf Club as Planned Parenthood supporters enter the convention center.
“It’s a tragedy,” longtime protester Ed Melone, 81, said. “Especially since our motives are to stop the killing of unborn children in the womb and now we have brought it to town.”
Kathleen Sullivan, 81, echoed that sentiment.
“If any other event eliminated the number of human beings per day, it would be recognized as a national tragedy,” she said. “Abortion is the only act that gets away with eliminating this number of human beings.”
Wearing a T-shirt that says “Ave Maria grandpa,” Lou DePrisco said he has been protesting outside of Planned Parenthood when it was near downtown Naples and now on Creech Road for 18 years.
“I just belive it is improper, immoral and wrong to kill unborn children,” DePrisco, 79, said, adding that he volunteers at the Catholic school and doesn’t have a grandchild enrolled. “It might be the law but some laws are immoral.”
About 15 protesters have set up camp out in front of the Naples Beach Club.
Today is the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade landmark decision on abortion. We will be hosting live video — courtesy of our news partner NBC-2 — of anti-abortion protest along U.S. 41 and Golf Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 22.
Actress Kathleen Turner will be speaking Friday at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., as part of a luncheon for Planned Parenthood of Collier County.
The 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, is today and Planned Parenthood of Collier County is holding its annual fundraiser mid-day at the Naples Golf Hotel and Beach Club with actress Kathleen Turner as the keynote speaker.
Members of the Naples Pro-Life Council and other abortion opponents are expected to take their abortion protest against Roe to the vicinity of the Beach Club, perhaps as early as 10:30 a.m. to be seen by Planned Parenthood supporters as they arrive for a silent auction before the fundraiser luncheon.
Protesters are expected to gather off U.S. 41 near the golf course and could come and go until 1 p.m.
Planned Parenthood, 1425 Creech Rd., began offering abortions for the first time in September. The clinic is closed today so supporters can attend the event.
Check back later for more details.