Professor Copelon to be Honored by Women’s Medical Fund

Professor Rhonda Copelon, director of the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic at CUNY Law, is to receive the Women’s Medical Fund’s 2008 Rosie Jimenez Award at its annual spring reception on Thursday, May 15.

In 1980, as an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Copelon argued the landmark case of Harris v. McRaebefore the U.S. Supreme Court. This was the ultimate challenge to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of Medicaid for abortion. The Women’s Medical Fund provides direct financial assistance and other support to low-income women and girls in Southeastern Pennsylvania who wish to terminate an unwanted pregnancy but cannot afford a safe legal abortion. The Women’s Medical Fund also raises public awareness of the devastating impact of denying access to safe legal abortions. The Women’s Medical Fund was formed by women’s health activists in 1985 in response to this crisis in reproductive freedom for low-income women and teens. Since its inception in 1985, the Women’s Medical Fund has ensured the right to choose for almost 10,000 poor women and teens by disbursing over $1.2 million in financial assistance. To learn more about the award and the fund, visit