The National Abortion Federation (NAF) has named lesbian Episcopal priest Katherine Ragsdale as its new president and CEO. Ragsdale, who has been the group’s interim leader since September 2018, accepted the appointment, calling abortion doctors her “personal heroes and modern-day saints.”
“It has been a great privilege to lead this organization for the last year and work alongside the incredible and dedicated NAF Board, staff, and membership,” Ragsdale said. “Abortion providers are some of my personal heroes and modern-day saints. It is an honor to be able to serve and support NAF members as they provide compassionate health care amid increasing attacks and challenges.”
In a NAF statement, the group described Ragsdale as a champion for progressive ideas.
“Ragsdale is an Episcopal priest who has been outspoken about abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and public policy issues affecting women and families throughout her career,” the organization said. “She has testified before the U.S. Congress as well as numerous state legislatures about the importance of abortion access and was a featured speaker at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C.”