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IWY Meetings / New York / Abortion / Connecticut #253072

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jul 10, 1977
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(Studio) Several states hold women's mtgs. over wkend. to pick delegates to International Women's Year (IWY) national conference in Houston, Texas, in fall.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Albany, New York) Report on New York conference [WOMAN - is pro-life.] Reporter notes emotionalism of abortion issue; it isn't only issue discussed, however. [2nd WOMAN - says she grew up when women had to take back seat.] [3rd WOMAN - says southe. Asian women have problems, too, and want them heard.] [4th WOMAN - supports ERA.] In end, convention adopts feminist platform.

(Studio) Platform plank with regard to right to abortion for all is against recent Supreme Court rule that states don't have to pay for abortions for poor women. 1 of 1st states expected to be affected by ruling is Connecticut.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Hartford, Connecticut) Pickets march outside Bridgeport abortion clinic; Governor Ella Grasso has said no more state money for elective abortions after August 1. [MAN - tells woman she'll live with it rest of life.) Grasso says only therapeutic abortions will be funded. Doctors at Summit Women's Clinic say ruling may stretch definition of medical necessity some, but doubt it will send poor to back alleys. [Clinic spokesperson Dr. Kenneth MORGAN - says those who really want abortions will find money and, if it's really indigent case, they'll do it free.] Planned Parenthood creates "justice fund" to help poor women pay. Losing so much on federal level, pro-abortion groups now focus on state level; according to Gloria Steinem, in interview with reporter Sam Ford, prospects not good. [STEINEM - says state legislatures not representative of desires of people they representative; are usually conservatively controlled.] Difficulties for pro-abortion groups noted.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Dean, Morton;
Ford, Sam;
Spencer, Susan

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