CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 06, 1978
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(Studio) Report on troubled outlook for Italy's new abortion law that takes effect today.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Rome, Italy) Details given about problems faced by Italian women wanting abortions due to lack of hospital bed space, predictions that at least 80% of medical community will elect to be legal conscientious objectors to operation and therefore not required to perform it and pressure from Catholic Church, which owns 25% of all Italian hospitals. [Father Jack LAMBERT - expects Catholics will take stand against abortion. Can't say if there will be enough facilities outside Catholic hospitals to meet demands for abortions.] Positions of Italian feminist groups and of abortion law opponents and Catholic Church stated. Last church-vs.-state issue in Italy noted as divorce, in which case divorce won.
REPORTER: Jerry Bowen
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