Rocket Woman: Robin Rothrock
By OBOS — April 10, 2009
From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Entrant: Deborah Serbanic
Nominee: Robin Rothrock, Clinic owner and manager
I saw the announcement about nominating someone for a “Women’s Health Hero” on the website for Our Bodies Ourselves. My first thought was for Robin Rothrock. She is the owner and manager of the abortion clinic (Hope Medical Group for Women) in Shreveport, LA. She has dedicated her life to bringing abortion care to a part of our country that is not open to abortion or birth control. She has stuck with it through thick and thin: clinic assaults, fire bombs, protesters, and state regulations aimed at reducing access to abortion care.
In addition to the “everyday sacrifices” of running an abortion clinic, she has had to deal with her own serious health issues that may have side tracked another person. She continues to work with her staff to provide the best abortion care she can and to defend a woman’s right to abortion care services. She has been to court so many times to fight for what she knows is right and true.
We are so very fortunate that Robin moved to Shreveport, LA from Satellite Beach, FL to run our clinic. Also, that she continues to keep the clinic open while going through chemo and traveling back and forth between the clinic and her home in Florida. Bless her for being our Rocket Woman!