Dr. Mildred Jefferson

Dr. Mildred Jefferson, a nationally recognized leader of the anti-abortion movement and the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, has died. Jefferson was a leader in many anti-abortion organizations. In the late 1960s, she helped establish the National Right to Life Committee, which includes 50 state groups and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide. Jefferson served three terms as the group's president, from 1975 to 1978. "I'm opposed to abortion as a doctor and also because I know it is morally wrong," Jefferson told The Chicago Tribune in 1990. "An individual never has the private right to choose to kill for whatever reasons, be they whim, convenience or compulsion. Because I know abortion is wrong, I will use every means available for free people in a free country to see that it is not perpetuated." Dr. Jefferson was 84.

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