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Why+I+didn_t+march - AbortionRights Dilemma Why I Didn't...

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Abortion-Rights Dilemma: Why I Didn't March;  A Reporter's Struggle With Job and Conscience By Carol Emert, The Washington Post April 12, 1992, Sunday, Final  Edition, page C2    I realized in December that I would have to make a  decision about attending the abortion-rights rally that  took place last weekend. And I knew I would have to  decide between two of my most heartfelt convictions:  that as a reporter I have a duty to be objective, and that as  a woman I must stick up for what I consider a woman's  fundamental rights.    A cousin of mine, an ardent feminist, told me at  Christmas that she would be coming to Washington for  the rally -- driving all the way from Cleveland just to tell  the powers-that-be where she stands. I invited her to stay  in my home, and for the next four months I found myself  wondering how I could explain to her why I was putting  my career ahead of the millions of women who could  lose the right to make this most personal choice about  their bodies.    Conversely, I imagined myself marching down  Pennsylvania Avenue, happy to be doing my part, yet not  feeling quite right about the whole thing.    As a relative newcomer to journalism and to  Washington, I had never been in a position to make such  a decision before. And as I mulled over the alternatives,  marching or staying home, it seemed to me that I could  do neither in good conscience. Why I didn’t march.doc
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   It's a situation that many journalists find themselves in,  whether over abortion rights, other civil rights or some  other topic that rubs them at their core. As last Sunday  drew near, I am sure that a number of reporters, like  myself, were thinking about Linda Greenhouse, the New  York Times's Supreme Court correspondent who startled 
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