Monday, May 17, 2010

From Temma Kaplan

I am so sorry about Rhonda's death and my inability to respond before now. I first met Rhonda as part of a delegation of "lawyers, writers, and a judge," invited by Amnlae to discuss women's issues with the Sandanistas and liberation priests since the Bertha Calderon hospital kept 15 beds a day available for women with miscarriages out of a population of 1.5 million in Managua. We quickly became known as the abortion group and after our return raised money to purchase a vacuum machine to aid in abortions. Rhonda was a guiding force of that group as with so many of the efforts to achieve women's rights internationally. Even those of us who admired her from afar will miss her courage, persistence, and creativity.