Kenneth Edelin | Abortion-case doctor, 74
She said that her husband was a teacher and mentor, guiding many young doctors over his career. "He was a great advocate for the rights of women to have choice in their own reproductive freedom," she said.
Mr. Edelin made national headlines when he was convicted of manslaughter in 1975 for performing an abortion. That was two years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure with its decision on Roe v. Wade.
According to NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Massachusetts Supreme Court later overturned the guilty verdict, in a case that helped legally define what an abortion is and when human life begins.
"For me, the struggles for reproductive rights for women and civil rights for African Americans are intertwined and at the same time parallel," said Mr. Edelin, who was black. "The denial of these two rights is an attempt by some to control the bodies of others." - AP