Public Conversations Project

Seeking Agreement and Respect Amidst Conflict

Laura Chasin, director of the Public Conversations Project

hide captionLaura Chasin, director of the Public Conversations Project, outside the organization's headquarters.

NPR's Tracy Wahl
Members of the Public Conversations Project

hide captionMembers of the Public Conversations Project, (left to right) Laura Chasin, Melissa Kogut, NPR's Margot Adler, Madeline McComish and Melissa Kogut.

In 1995, in the wake of two shootings at women's health clinics in Boston, a group of leaders from opposing sides of the abortion debate agreed to hold four secret meetings to prevent further acts of violence. Those meetings ended up continuing for seven years. Now the women have gone public. NPR's Margot Adler reports from the Public Conversation Project in Watertown, Mass.

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