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With the length of Mrs. Fox's tenure at MCFL' president, we cannot do justice in a short article to her legacy at MCFL. Our entire team wish her the best in her retirement, and are grateful to her service in the pursuit of justice for the unborn, and all of our vulnerable in the Commonwealth.
We released the following announcement to the press, and now post here for all of advocates as well:
- Long-time pro-life activist Anne Fox has announced her resignation as president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) following more than 10 years at the helm of the Commonwealth’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Hers was the longest presidency in MCFL’s 46-year history.
“It has been an honor to serve as your volunteer president and such a pleasure to work with each of you,” Fox wrote in her final correspondence as president to the organization’s membership and board following the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. “I am most grateful for all your support, your commitment to life, and your hard work.”
Fox was first elected MCFL president in 2008 after serving as chair of the Needham Chapter and after years of active involvement on the MCFL board, which formed the foundation of her formidable and far-reaching pro-life leadership within the Commonwealth. During her presidency, Fox focused on building MCFL’s online presence, which resulted in a younger constituency becoming more involved.
“Anne Fox has been the force behind MCFL for over a decade,” said J. David Franks, MCFL’s board chairman. “We cannot thank her enough for positioning MCFL so perfectly to meet the promise and peril of this historical moment: with the ROE Act on Beacon Hill, but also with the possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Leaving behind the culture-war posture of the past, we simply wish to invite everyone into a dialogue: what does the equal dignity of every human life require of us?”
MCFL’s vice president for educational affairs, Linda Thayer, another long-time activist and board member, will serve as acting president until a special board election to fill the vacancy takes place in the weeks to come.
Anne Fox was elected as Massachusetts Citizens for Life's President in 2008. Recognized in national pro-life circles, her roles as past chairman of the board, chairman of the federal political action committee, and the Commonwealth's official delegate to the National Right to Life Committee enabled her to keep a strong hand on MCFL's presence in the Bay State. Mrs. Fox is also a director of the Patient Rights Action Fund, the group dedicated to continuing to defeat doctor-prescribed suicide legislation.