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Champions for Choice 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St, Cambridge
At Champions for Choice, we recognize exceptional leaders and advocates whose work has advanced reproductive rights and health in Massachusetts. We are delighted to honor Dr. Merle Berger & Stephanie Toti as our 2017 Champions for Choice!
Dr. Merle Berger has been a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist for 46 years and is a lifelong champion for the full spectrum of reproductive health care. A pioneer in fertility medicine, Dr. Berger helped to found the largest in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic in the United States, Boston IVF, where he is currently a reproductive endocrinologist. Before his work in IVF, Dr. Berger was an abortion provider for seven years, starting a few months before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States. Dr. Berger has served as the President of the Boston Fertility Society (1992), as the Medical Director of Boston IVF (1995), and as an Associate Clinical Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School (1990-present). He is a founding member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Medical Advisory Committee and a committed advocate for the freedom to determine whether, when, and how to become a parent.
Stephanie Toti won a historic decision for abortion rights when she argued Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. Thanks to Stephanie, the Court struck down a pair of Texas laws that had threatened to shutter abortion clinics across the state with burdensome, medically unnecessary requirements. With the Whole Woman's Health victory, Stephanie successfully established a federal legal precedent protecting abortion access which could transform abortion access nationwide. An attorney whose practice focuses on reproductive rights and justice, Stephanie has litigated dozens of cases in federal and state courts to improve access to reproductive healthcare and strengthen legal norms concerning liberty and equality. She spent ten years as a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, and serves on the Board of Directors for Whole Womanís Health Alliance. Currently, she is working to defend a pioneering ordinance regulating the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers in the City of Baltimore, and she is again representing Texas abortion providers in a challenge to the most recent spate of anti-choice restrictions in the state.
In celebration of the next generation of pro-choice leaders, the 4th annual Ellen Paradise Fisher Activism in Action Award will be presented to Rebecca Santos Seetahal.
Rebecca Santos Seetahal started her activist career at Simmons College, where she co-founded NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts at Simmons College, now the Simmons College Reproductive Justice Collective. She currently works in Development at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women, where she volunteers as their Vice President of Community Engagement. Rebecca is passionate about advocating for medically accurate, inclusive sex education and the importance of digital advocacy in our increasingly technological age. She plans to pursue a masterís degree in communications to further her reproductive freedom work.
(617)556-8800 ext. 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to check out past years' events?
Champions for Choice 2016 - Honorees Susan Yanow and Dr. JudyAnn Bigby
Champions for Choice 2015 - Honorees Karen Edlund and Sam Perkins
Champions for Choice 2014 - Honorees Ellen Fisher and Deval Patrick
Champion for Choice 2013 - Honoree Byllye Avery