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Cathy Lemp, Senior Manager of Foundation Relations

As Senior Manager of Foundation Relations, Cathy oversees fundraising for the Center's Health and Reproductive Rights Program, as well as its judicial nominations efforts. Before joining the Center, Cathy was Director of Development and External Relations at the Global AIDS Alliance for over six years, and held fundraising and communications positions with the American Foundation for AIDS Research, Natural Resources Defense Council, and CARE. She holds an M.B.A. in marketing from New York University and graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in history.

My Take

Facing Down Abortion Stigma

Posted by Cathy Lemp, Senior Manager of Foundation Relations | Posted on: January 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Roe v. Wade is important to me because no one should be allowed to force a woman to have a baby that she’s not ready to have. Not the man who got her pregnant. Not her family. And certainly not a bunch of politicians. But what’s more important, I think, is that the one out of three women who will have an abortion in her lifetime start to talk about it.

Advocates for Youth and their 1 in 3 Campaign are helping to make that conversation happen. But, still, when I posted on Facebook about my abortion, some people suggested it was TMI (too much information). Well, actually, it wasn’t enough, because context is everything when it comes to reproductive health.


An Ode to Anita Bryant (Not)

Posted by Cathy Lemp, Senior Manager of Foundation Relations | Posted on: January 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

It was thanks to Anita Bryant—and her anti-abortion, gay-bashing tirades—that I found my pro-choice heart. But it wasn’t until I got pregnant at the start of my sophomore year at Swarthmore College that I fully appreciated the importance of my right to safe, legal abortion. Yes, I was in a relationship. But not one that was leading to marriage or family. Yes, I was using birth control. But it failed.