Saranac Lake, NY, Apr 04, 2012 — The new president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the North Country recognizes that she enters the job at a time when the nation's health policies and politics are making headlines. Betsy Brown, of Lake Placid, was appointed to the position on March 19. She succeeds Kathie Wunderlich, who retired last year.
Brown began her career in health care as a college-aged volunteer, helping with family planning on a student hotline. She went on to serve with the Peace Corps for two years in West Africa, and later worked in family planning in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the former Soviet Union. Chris Morris sat down with Brown at Planned Parenthood's Saranac Lake office last week. Go to full article
The Rev. Laurena Will, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg.
Ogdensburg, NY, Feb 29, 2012 — Yesterday we began a conversation about social issues that are in play during this election year, ranging from contraception to prenatal testing to the role of religion in politics and public life. Catholic bishops across the country are working to defeat laws requiring that insurance coverage provided by religious groups include services like contraception and vasectomies.
Polls show that the vast majority of American families, including Catholics to use contraception. But in a conversation with Brian Mann yesterday, Bishop Terry LaValley of Ogdensburg said the church's opposition to contraception is firm.
"Because it's a fundamental teaching of our faith. It's a question of life, of the preservation of life."
LaValley said requiring faith groups to offer insurance coverage for services like contraception and vasectomies amounts to "an attack on religious freedom."
The Rev. Laurena Will has been pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg for seven years, and an ordained minister for 20. Her church owns the building that houses the Ogdensburg Planned Parenthood Clinic. Martha Foley spoke with her yesterday. Will sees the insurance mandate and the religious freedom issue that rises from it; from a very different perspective. Go to full article
Apr 09, 2004 — As many as 150 anti-choice picketers are expected outside the Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood office in Plattsburgh today as part of a Good Friday prayer vigil. Workers at the health care center are worried the protestors might intimidate visitors to the clinic. So a group of volunteers has offered to escort people through the picket lines. Planned Parenthood is also trying to put a positive spin on the protest and is asking the public to "pledge a picketer." Jody Tosti has more. Go to full article