Mansour, Agnes Mary (c. 1931–2004)

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Mansour, Agnes Mary (c. 1931–2004)

American nun and welfare worker. Name variations: Sister Agnes Mary Mansour. Born c. 1931; died Dec 17, 2004, at a Sisters of Mercy assisted-living facility in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

A Roman Catholic nun for 30 years, headed the Michigan welfare agency that oversaw Medicaid funding for abortions for the poor; when given the ultimatum from the Vatican to resign as Department of Social Services director or be dismissed from Sisters of Mercy (Mar 1983), asked to be released from vows; believed that as long as abortion was legal, poor women should have the same access as those who could afford it. Inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame (1988).

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