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News - November 19, 2010

Toughness just part of the job at Planned Parenthood

From helping 12-year-olds to weathering picketers, Williams reflects on two decades

by Chris Kenrick

When Linda Williams applied for the top local job at Planned Parenthood, it took her nine months of interviews — the human gestation period — to persuade hiring managers she was tough enough.

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Posted by JT, a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 23, 2010 at 3:31 am

There are two sides to this issue, and it is astonishing that you would only quote a person from one side and not give the other side. Your story should strike a balance, reporting what one side says and then the other. That used to be the rule in journalism. (And you wonder why newspapers are dying. You will capture a larger audience if you give BOTH SIDES.)

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 23, 2010 at 4:45 am

Issue? This story is about a person and her place of employment. I'm astonished that anyone would expect quotes from someone other than the subject being interviewed. The fact that you read the article indicates that the journalist is indeed reaching an audience that can include anybody.

Posted by Not in favor of abortion, a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

I will start my comment by stating that I am not in favor of abortion, except in very rare situations, but would not want to see it abolished.

I think this article is reasonably well balanced and mentions that Planned Parenthood helps prevent pregnancy as well as helping those who choose to keep their babies.

I would like to ask more about the type of information given to those considering abortion. Do they show the mothers to be ultrasound pictures of their babies or allow them to listen to their heartbeats? Do they do "abortion on demand" or do they give counselling and information and then insist on a waiting 24 hour period to ensure that the woman really wants to go through with the procedure?

I think this is important because I know that there are many postabortive women who have great guilt feelings later.

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