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NARAL Pro-Choice America Pays Tribute to Dorothy Height's Legacy of Leadership


Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the
following statement honoring the contributions and leadership of
Dorothy I. Height, chair and president emerita of the National Council
of Negro Women.

"Dorothy Height's life story is an inspiration and a reminder to all
women and men that one individual's determination can lead to great
advances for the common good. Ms. Height's legacy of leadership on
civil, human, and women's rights spanned more than six decades, from
the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt to President Barack
Obama. We were proud to stand with her in the struggle to ensure that
all women could make the reproductive-health care decisions that were
best for them and their families. Ms. Height would be the first to
remind us that our work is far from finished--and we will continue to
draw on her fearlessness and resolve as we advance policies that
reflect the principles of equality and justice to which she dedicated
her life."

For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.