Parallel lives, lived in the cause of women’s reproductive rights, finally intersect several marriages and decades later.
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Readers of this column have no doubt lost count of the many ways people meet and later marry, but few couples can claim the hard-fought battle over women’s reproductive issues as their backdrop.
Although Allie Stickney had had a distant awareness of Jack Beecham in the early 1960s, when her first husband was a sophomore at Williams College and Dr. Beecham was a senior there, their paths would not truly connect until decades later.
This would be long after they coincidentally landed with their spouses and children in Burlington, Vt., where each had embarked upon work (he as an obstetrician and gynecologist, she with Planned Parenthood) that would lead to a commitment to women’s health and reproductive rights.