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Seeking Agreement and Respect Amidst Conflict

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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.