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Abortion / Chicago Clinic Probe / Iowa Senate Elec. #255466

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 13, 1978
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(Studio) 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion noted. Report concerns scrutiny of some abortion clinics, despite legal status.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chicago, Illinois) Chicago's Michigan Avenue shopping district noted as having several abortion clinics. Undercover investigation of area's abortion clinics by Better Govt. Association and "Chicago Sun-Times" newspaper reported; details of chgs. against clinics given. [Better Govt. Association spokesperson Mindy TROSSMAN - saw abortions performed on nonpregnant women and those in advanced stages of pregnancy, saw unsterile medical conditions and substandard medical care.] Investigators' chgs. that clinic operators are profiteers, often at expense of patient, stated. [Better Govt. Association spokesperson David PROTESS - says complications for women's health have developed in almost every area of clinic operations; describes some.] [Association spokesperson Terry BRUNNER - says Illinois health department inspection of clinics has been failure.] Refusal to comment by clinic operators reported Formation of task force to crack down on clinics, by Governor Jim Thompson, mentioned. Contd. operation of clinic whose license was suspended in September cited.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser

(Studio) Pol. power of right-to-life groups in country stated. Senator Dick Clark's defeat in recent election reported being attributed to work of right-to-lifers in Iowa.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Davenport, Iowa) Comment of one Clark aide that only campaign mistake was bringing Senator Edward Kennedy to Iowa noted. Right-to-life demonstrators' opposition to both Clark and Kennedy and their domination of Kennedy-Clark rally stated. Question of important of right-to-life forces in Clark's defeat mentioned. [Pro-life Action Council chairperson Carolyn THOMPSON - doesn't feel group beat Clark and elected Jepsen, but that it played important role and was key to election outcome.] Attacks on Clark's reelec. campaign by other groups like right-to-work, National Rifle Assn. and John Birch Society reported [Iowa Democrat state chairperson Ed CAMPBELL - thinks coalition of voting pattern of these groups was reason for Clark defeat.] Clark's losses in Catholic areas, possibly due to stands on abortion and tuition tax credit for parochial school children, detailed. Win in largely Catholic Dubuque Cnty. by Iowa's other senate, Democrat John Culver in 1974 election, mentioned. [CLARK - believes abortion issue was major reason for defeat.] Extent of Republican wins in Iowa described; is cited that Roger Jepsen didn't win alone. [Iowa Republican state chairperson Steve ROBERTS - thinks election outcome was broadbased Republican victory and that though right-to-life and others played part in Jepsen's victory, they weren't total explanation.] [JEPSEN - comments on election outcome and reasons.] "Des Moines Register" newspaper election day poll newstape) concerning effect of right-to-life votes on senate election outlined. [CAMPBELL - thinks right-to-life influence in this election may make other groups realize influence they can have on elecs., which could destroy 2-party system in state and cntry.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton (KCCI-TV newstape)

(Studio) Right-to-Life party's polling of enough votes in New York last week to earn automatic place on future ballots, along with Democrat, GOP, Conservative and Liberal ptys., reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Reporter(s):
Bowser, Betty Ann;
Mudd, Roger
Duration:
00:05:40

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