Janet Benshoof: Human rights lawyer who campaigned for abortion rights in the US and across the world
She proved a formidable foe to anti-abortion activists, never cowing to threats of violence, and her vision for empowering girls and women was steadfastly internationalist in scope
Thursday 4 January 2018
Janet Benshoof was an American human rights lawyer who campaigned to expand access to contraceptives and abortions across the world. She led organisations that advocated on behalf of women from the US to Burma and Iraq.
In the American territory of Guam, she was once arrested for protesting against her country’s most restrictive abortion law.