CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 10, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford meets with Catholic bishops with regard to abortion issues.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Bishops expressed disappointment over Carter stand against constitutional amendment outlawing abortion; say they're encouraged by Ford stand to support amendment for states making own laws. [U.S. Conf. of Bishops President Archbishop Joseph BERNARDIN - says difference is in unwillingness of Carter to support amendment and willingness of Ford to do so.] Bishops say Ford will look into matter of federal agencies doing more than law requires to provide abortions. [BERNARDIN - says Ford indicated he'd make study of situation to see what's to bring about restraints.] Spokesperson Ron Nessen says study to begin immediately. Mtg. regarded as breakthrough for Ford because aides say he can't win Nebraska states without big share of Catholic vote. White House releases letter outlining Ford stand on abortion and reminding Catholics he favors federal aid to parochial schools.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer