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Thursday, May 21, 2020


Katherine Kraschel Joins Board of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

Katie Kraschel

On May 13, 2020, Solomon Center Executive Director Katherine Kraschel was appointed to the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), the reproductive health provider serving 70,000 patients annually across 18 health centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

In this role, Kraschel will work to advance PPSNE’s mission “to protect the fundamental right of all individuals to manage their own fertility and sexual health, and to ensure access to the services, education and information to realize that right.”

Kraschel was nominated to the position by General Counsel of Yale New Haven Health System, Bill Aseltyne, with whom she worked as Associate Counsel before she joined the Solomon Center in 2017.

“I am pleased to have nominated Katie Kraschel to the PPSNE board,” said Aseltyne. “Katie is an unyielding advocate for a number of issues that align with the mission of Planned Parenthood, including protecting the fundamental right of all individuals to control their own sexual health and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the delivery of healthcare services and really in all aspects of our lives. I am excited that Katie will be sharing her energy and commitment with the PPSNE board.”

Through both her scholarship and her advocacy, Kraschel has been a long-time champion of access to reproductive health care and technologies. In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Solomon Center, Kraschel co-teaches the Reproductive Justice Clinic at the Law School and serves as a Lecturer in Law. Drawing on her professional and academic background in science and bioethics, she has written and presented on issues of assisted reproductive technologies, health policy & gender, reproductive rights, and clinical research ethics.

Kraschel (whose more detailed biography can be found here) has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College, and she has been recognized as one of the “Top 40 Young Lawyers” (2018) by the American Bar Association and as one of the “40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” (2016) by the National LGBT Bar Association.

“It is a privilege to get to serve an organization dedicated to ensuring access top notch-health care for our communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island,” said Kraschel. “I am thrilled to join the board at PPSNE.”