CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 09, 1978
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(Studio) Controversy over issue of abortion described. Report on aspect of conflict beyond medical and legal questions.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) Report on incring. support of antiabortion forces not only from Catholics, but from other religious and secular groups, in years since Supreme Court made abortion more general available. Demonstrations regularly held outside Margaret Sanger Center clinic in Cleveland given as example [Center spokesperson Joan SCHONBERG - advises client about avoiding demonstrators when arriving at clinic.] Measures that some abortion clinics have had to take to protect patients from demonstrators outlined. [Sanger Center spokesperson Ann MITCHELL - thinks protesters' acts against patients is invasion of privacy.] [Ohio Right to Life spokesperson Stephanie VARGA - states position of group.] Issues involved noted as invasion of privacy and civil rights. Antiabortionists' accosting of people and methods used by some to gain information about abortion patients detailed. Philadelphia Planned Parenthood clinic mentioned. Donna Bonacci's lawsuit against antiabortion organizer who has telephone listing implying service as abortion clinic reported [BONACCI - describes feelings about antiabortionist.] [Unidentified WOMAN - discusses own victimization by same group.] Guarantee of confidentiality by both groups accepting abortion and right to life cnsling. groups cited. [Philadelphia Birth Right spokesperson Joan PILOT - describes methods used to keep confidentiality of patients.] Rising complaints about breaches of confidentiality and about targeting of women after abortion noted. [National Abortion Rights Action League spokesperson Karen MULHAUSER - says they've only recently heard about harassment of abortion patients after operation.] [National Right to Life Commission spokesperson Dr. Carolyn GERSTER - states position on rights of picketing, trespassing and civil disobedience. Mentions Bill of Rights.] Recap given of issues involved in abortion controversy.
REPORTER: Steve Young