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Former Planned Parenthood President Faye Wattleton

Wattleton headed the organization from 1978 to 1992. She was raised in a fundamentalist Christian family (her mother was a minister), and later studied to be a nurse. Her work as a public-health nurse exposed her to the hardship of women who tried to terminate their pregnancies in the days before legal abortion. Wattleton went on to be executive director of the local Planned Parenthood, and then president of Planned Parenthood nationally. Her new memoir is called "Life on the Line"


Other segments from the episode on October 2, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 2, 1996: Interview with Faye Wattleton; Review of the film "Big Night"; Interview with Stanley Tucci.


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