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Supreme Court / Abortion and Welfare Payments #252703

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 20, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules neither Constitution nor federal law requires states to make payments for abortions through Medicaid money.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details with regard to decision noted. Comments on opinion by Justice Powell, and by dissenters Marshall, Blackmun and Brennan noted. Pro-abortion groups and physicians say poor will now go to illegal abortion clinics in states not paying for operations. [Dr. Newton LONG - cites effect on abortion rate and rate of deaths due to complications from illegal operations.] Anti-abortion groups say decision frees them to lobby Congress to cut all Medicaid payments for abortion. [March for Life president Nellie GRAY - says importance of ruling is that opponents of abortion no longer have to stand for own taxes to be thus used.] House has passed bill to eliminate abortion payments.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Aggie Whelan

(Studio) Supreme Court also rules states may deny welfare benefits to children whose fathers are on strike, have quit or are fired for misconduct.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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