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Calla Hales

Calla Hales - 2019 Nominee
Position: Director
Organization: A Preferred Women's Health Center
Current Location: United States, North America
Masters of Business Administration from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication and Rhetoric - Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best of Charlotte - Best Leadership in the Face of Adversity
    Awarding Organization:
    Charlotte Creative Loafing
    Date Awarded:
    November 18, 2017
Calla is one of the youngest abortion clinic directors in the country, spearheading the growth of four abortion clinics in North Carolina, ensuring that her staff has the support they need to provide compassionate abortion care to all in the South. – Steph Herold, Data Analyst at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2014, I have worked at A Preferred Women's Health Center (APWHC). As the director, I oversee four abortion clinics, located in North Carolina and Georgia. During these five years, APWHC has helped over 30,000 women in the Southeast obtain affordable and safe abortion care. I have worked hard to advocate for abortion access outside of the clinic, as well - as a board member for NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, as a founding member of a Charlotte-based clinic defense volunteer group, as a community organizer, through various media interviews and contributed articles, and by co-authoring original research about the emotional impacts protesters have on patients seeking abortion care.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

One could say I was born into abortion care. My parents started APWHC when I was 8 years old, and I was constantly listening to the stories of patients seeking care. It always struck me that while that no two patients were ever completely the same, the simple basis of their medical decision was always identical - they did not want to be a parent at that time. My passion for defending access to abortion care began then, and has remained the steadfast priority of my work.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

My advocacy exists both inside of the clinic and out. In the clinic, I display leadership by constantly looking for ways to improve our services to allow for better care and greater access. Examples of these improvements include the creation of an in-house "patient forgiveness" budget and new staff training and enrichment programs. Outside of the clinic, I choose to display leadership by constantly speaking out and fighting for stronger government responses to clinic harassment and intimidation.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I would use this new platform to continue to bring attention to the hostile environments outside of abortion clinics while advocating for abortion access. The financial prize would be used to elevate our volunteer group to non-profit status, which would allow us to start an emergency fund for patients and parents alike in the Charlotte Metropolitan area. This emergency funding could financially assist with abortion services, contraception, childcare, and basic life needs.

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