Name: Serrin M. Foster
What she does: Works towards eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion – primarily lack of practical resources and support
Impact: Has successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women, raised awareness about pregnancy discrimination and worked to develop on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students
Nominated by: Yolaine Labbé
Serrin Foster has led Feminists for Life of America (FFL) since 1994. Under her leadership FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, defeated the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and worked to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act of 1995.
Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act. In 2003, Serrin testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law”.
The creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign has been an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination and has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students.