Frank C. Gibson, Managing Shareholder, has been presented with the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. He has, for decades, supported Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon and Planned Parenthood Federation of America through his philanthropic leadership, board service, and legal advice. These years of service to Planned Parenthood spring from Frank’s deeply held conviction that women and youth are first class citizens and should be treated as first class citizens — worthy of respect and trusted to make their won healthy decisions in matters that concern them.
Frank has been the attorney of record for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon for over two decades. His commitment to Planned Parenthood education and health care has influenced his volunteer career. He served on the national board from 1986-1992. He also served on and chaired the boards for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.
Frank is a trained lawyer and mediator, skilled in facilitating the settlement of many challenging disputes in diverse areas of the law. He has received the Andrew Clement and the Community Partnership Awards — both for exceptional pro bono legal service. He is the recipient of the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus Good Guy Award and in 2013 was presented with the Joseph M. Kosydar Award for Professionalism and Legal Acumen by the Lane County Bar Association.
Margaret Sanger Award
Margaret Sanger taught us that women matter. Born into an Irish working class family, Margaret witnessed her mother’s slow death, worn out after 18 pregnancies and 11 live births. While working as a nurse and midwife in the poorest neighborhoods of New York City before World War I, Sanger saw women, like her mother, deprived of their health and ability to care for children already born. It was a time when contraceptive information was suppressed and birth control illegal. This injustice inspired Sanger to defy religiously-influenced physician-accepted laws. In a series of articles called “What Every Girl Should Know,” Sanger put information and power into the hands of women.