Rita Swan of Lexington is the president of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD), which she founded in 1983. For 34 years she has advocated for the rights of children to access healthcare regardless of the religious affiliations of their parents. She has helped change many state laws, saving the lives of countless children. CHILD advocates laws requiring medical care of children, including preventive and diagnostic measures, without exception for religious belief; reporting of child abuse and neglect without religious exemption licensing of child care facilities including those run by churches; ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Rita earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 1975, has received many awards, has been published in numerous journals, and has given multiple media interviews.