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NARAL honors Dr. JudyAnn Bigby and Susan Yanow for their work toward the advancement of reproductive freedom at annual Champions for Choice event
CAMBRIDGE, MA - On Wednesday evening, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts honored Dr. JudyAnn Bigby and Susan Yanow at NARAL’s annual "Champions for Choice” event, which celebrates leaders who have gone above and beyond in lifelong dedication to fight for access to reproductive health care.
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby is a physician and health policy expert who served as Massachusetts’ Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2006 to 2012. She oversaw the implementation of Massachusetts’ landmark health care reform law and advised former governor Deval Patrick on expanding access to reproductive health services. Susan Yanow is an advocate for reproductive health and rights who has founded numerous organizations that expand access to abortion both domestically and abroad, including the Abortion Access Project, now known as Provide, and Creating a Clinician Corps (C3).
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts also awarded the student activists of NARAL’s Clark University campus chapter the Ellen Paradise Fisher Activism in Action Award for young, up and coming advocates. These student leaders organized a successful Reproductive Bill of Rights campaign that has made sweeping reforms to the access and services available to Clark students including free emergency contraception and condoms on campus; gender-neutral bathrooms; and comprehensive resources for sexual assault prevention and response.
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board of Directors Chair Trina Moore said: "The leaders we honor at Champions for Choice show us what is possible. In 2016, a year that has seen a climate where reproductive rights are under such blatant attack, these leaders are more crucial than ever to keep the movement for reproductive freedom strong. Dr. JudyAnn Bigby and Susan Yanow have both been exceptional and bold leaders in expanding reproductive freedom, and we are thilled to have an opportunity to recognize them as true champions for reproductive choice.”