Press: To March or Not to March

Reporters' own beliefs about abortion become an issue

A female reporter who takes part in a pro-choice march is reprimanded by her editors. Another woman, a food critic, is upset because her employer's policy against political activism all but prohibits her from publicly expressing her views on abortion -- an issue that she will probably never have to cover. Across the country, the heating up of the abortion issue in recent months has confronted reporters with an acute professional dilemma: How can they personally take a public stand on a question they feel strongly about without seeming to compromise the objectivity of the publication for which they work?

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