One Hero You Won’t Here about during Black History Month
The pro-life movement has been blessed to have many great leaders who worked in support of personhood for every innocent human being. One such heroine was Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson—a petite African-American doctor with a powerful message of respect for all human beings from creation until death.
Here are five reasons why pro-lifers should remember this great woman:
1. In 1951, Dr. Jefferson was the first woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. She was also the first woman to intern at Boston City Hospital, the first female surgeon at the Boston University Medical Center, and the first woman elected to membership of the Boston Surgical Society.
2. Jefferson was a leading spokesperson of the pro-life movement for many years, mentoring and influencing other pro-life leaders such as Judie Brown, cofounder of American Life League.
3. During her lifetime, Dr. Jefferson was the national media’s most popular pro-life advocate, appearing on dozens of national television programs and being quoted or featured in countless major newspapers.
4. Her logical defense of the preborn child’s right to life on the television program The Advocates in 1972 influenced then-President Ronald Reagan’s views on abortion and helped him to become one of the staunchest supporters of the pro-life movement in the White House.
5. She was pro-life without apology or exception. She said: “I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this 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 right to live.”
In an age where babies are murdered because of the color of their skin or because they are female, Dr. Mildred Jefferson remains an inspiration through her tenacity and tireless service in the pro-life movement. Her life is an example to all pro-life people that, no matter what obstacles society puts in our way, we have the duty to protect all human beings from creation until death and to create a culture of life.
Mary Kizior is a content developer for American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program, which stresses the culture of life as an integral part of every academic discipline. CLSP is dedicated to helping students become effective communicators of the pro-life message. Visit our website at CultureOfLifeStudies.com to see how we can help you foster a culture of life at home and in school.