An interview with Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana

In economic meltdown, media scandal, news, planned parenthood on April 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Tomorrow (Monday) I have a meeting with Betty Cockrum.  I tried a year and a half ago to meet with her but was refused because of her busy schedule.  That’s okay.  Now that we’re finally meeting up, I’ve tried to brainstorm some questions that I feel are highly pressing.

The story itself is an examination of how Planned Parenthood of Indiana has managed the last two years.  2008 brought a slew of unwelcome events, including the economic downfall and unbelievable media scandals.  How have these things impacted and changed one of the nation’s biggest (and most controversial) reproductive health care providers?

I’d also like to get Betty’s memories of the week when two scandalous videos emerged showing Planned Parenthood of Indiana employees conducting illegal and unethical consult meetings with a woman posing as a 13-year-old girl impregnated by her 30-year-old boyfriend.  How did she react?  What did she feel?  Were the videos fair?  How did PPIN protect its reputation, and how have employees improved their conduct?

What other questions do you have?


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