The Goldwater Award


Each year, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) presents The Barry Goldwater Award to an outstanding public official who has supported Planned Parenthood and reproductive health issues.

This prestigious award is presented each year to an outstanding elected official who has acted as a leader within the Republican Party to protect women’s reproductive rights across the United States.

The award honors the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, an outspoken leader in the Republican Party for decades. Senator Goldwater was a freethinking individual, who voted his conscience and was a leading voice in the Republican Party to ensure the rights granted to women following the Roe v. Wade decision.

The 2015 Barry Goldwater Award Winner is North Dakota State Representative Kathy Hawken.

In 2005 Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota opened their doors for a public affairs office in North Dakota.  From the very first day, Rep. Kathy Hawken was a champion and a donor.   But it was during the 2013 North Dakota legislative session when women’s health was under a full scale assault that Kathy truly distinguished herself.

Ultimately, four dangerous and far-reaching laws restricting/banning abortion were passed in the state as well as a “personhood” amendment to the state constitution that went to the ballot in November 2014. Through all of these egregious attacks Representative Kathy Hawken has publicly and vocally stood by Planned Parenthood in the efforts to defend reproductive rights.

2015 Planned Parenthood Barry Goldwater Award Winner Kathy Hawken
From Right: Cecile Richards, Amy Jacobson, Darlee Crockett, Kathy
Hawken, Randall Moody, Sarah Stoesz, Tim Stanley

Hawken’s grace under pressure leads to her role as an unshakable spokeswoman for women’s health. She worked with both affiliate and national Planned Parenthood staff and her quotes appeared in the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post during the 2013 hostile legislative session.  

Hawken is quoted as saying,

“Like many of my Republican colleagues, I personally am pro-life. But we have gone over the line.  North Dakota hasn't even passed a primary seatbelt law, but so far this year we have taken up six different bills to end safe and legal abortion in our state. I call on my colleagues in North Dakota and in statehouses around the country to re-attune their focus.  We need to make sure every American woman has access to the preventive health care she needs, including birth control, so she can avoid an unintended pregnancy and stay healthy. This is a policy priority that unites, rather than divides, Americans. And this is the policy priority that aligns with my Grand Old Party.”

Rep. Hawken joins a list of former recipients which includes:

  • 2014 — Texas State Rep. Sarah Davis
  • 2013 — Oklahoma State Rep. Doug Cox
  • 2012 — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (New York)
  • 2011 — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
  • 2010 — State Sen. Jean Schodorf (Kansas)
  • 2009 — U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (Illinois)
  • 2008 — U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (Illinois)
  • 2007 — State Assemblyman Keith Richman (California)
  • 2006 — State Rep. Stan Adelstein (South Dakota)
  • 2005 — U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (New York)
  • 2004 — former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons (Connecticut)
  • 2003 — former Lt. Gov. Joy Corning (Iowa)
  • 2002 — U.S. Rep. Steve Horn (California)
  • 2001 — State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (Texas)
  • 2000 — U.S. Rep. Connie Morella (Maryland) and U.S. Sen. John Chafee (Rhode Island - posthumously)
  • 1999 — U.S. Rep. Bill Green (New York)
  • 1998 — Mary Dent Crisp, former chair of the National Republican Coalition for Choice
  • 1997 — former U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater (Arizona) and his wife Susan
  • 1996 — U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) and U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson (Connecticut)
  • 1995 — former Gov. Jock McKernan (Maine)