03.10.21 —  Sarah Lee Day ’21 has been awarded the highly competitive Justice Catalyst Fellowship, a project-based, post-graduate fellowship that funds ground-breaking social justice advocacy projects through partnerships with nonprofit organizations around the world. Day will spend her fellowship at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, expanding upon a project she designed during her law school co-op that aims to fast-track implementation of the Contraceptive ACCESS Law, landmark legislation that was signed into law in Massachusetts in 2017 to guarantee co-pay free contraceptive coverage and a 12-month supply of birth control for qualifying Bay Staters. As a Justice Catalyst Fellow, Day will compile a statewide compliance report on ACCESS. She will also draw on some of NARAL’s legislative victories to create a Model Legislation and Policy Proposal Toolkit to be used by NARAL affiliates and pro-choice allies in other states. The Legislative Toolkit includes model legislation; communications, talking-points and strategic documents; drafts of supporting/supplemental regulations; and explanatory memos for laws Massachusetts has successfully implemented.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as a Justice Catalyst Fellow,” said Day. “I look forward to continuing my work with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts advocating for reproductive freedom in Massachusetts and beyond. It is my sincerest hope that this project can provide reproductive justice advocates a platform to pool resources, share policy inspiration and become even more effective force multipliers in our efforts towards equality.”

“NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is thrilled to host Sarah Lee Day as a Justice Catalyst Fellow,” said Rebecca Hart-Holder, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. “Her contribution to our work during her co-op has been extraordinary. Not only is Sarah Lee an exceptionally talented lawyer-in-training, but she is deeply committed to using her skills to advance reproductive freedom.”

“From our time working together during her co-op, I know that Sarah Lee is an exceptional researcher and writer and I have no doubt that she will be a spectacular attorney,” added Gena Frank, legislative and policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. “I'm eager to continue to work with Sarah Lee as she joins us as a Justice Catalyst Fellow in the fall. During her co-op, she provided essential research and legal support on transformative abortion access legislation, and now, as part of the fellowship, she will package the work that we did as a toolkit for other states to follow.”

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