Dear Christian Sisters,
On this Martin Luther King, Jr Day, let’s remember Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson (1927-2010), a pro-life advocate.
Dr. Jefferson helped to found the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and served the Committee in several roles, including President from 1975 to 1978.
Dr. Jefferson was a well-known pro-life speaker in the 1970s. In 1972 through one of her appearances on TV, she convinced then California Governor Ronald Reagan to switch from pro-choice to pro-life.
In addition to her pro-life advocacy work, Dr. Jefferson was both the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the first woman to graduate in surgery from the same school.
“I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the tight to live.”
Listen to her speak in this video tribute to her life by the NRLC.