CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 25, 1978
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(Studio) House and Senator dealings with issue of abortions for poor reported Senator work noted on Department of Health, Education and Welfare appropriations bill; House on Title X law.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Chicago, Illinois) Title X reported to prohibit federal funds to encourage or promote abortion. Policies of Planned Parenthood stated. [Chicago Planned Parenthood spokesperson Michael FRYER - discusses organization's policies re: abortion and other ways of treating unwanted pregnancies.] Department of Health, Education and Welfare ruling that abortion referral doesn't constitute encouraging or promoting it and dispute with ruling of Chicago-based right-to-life group outlined. Friends for Life attempts to get Congress to tighten laws detailed. [Friends spokesperson Joseph SCHEIDLER - states group's position on abortion referral and use of tax dollars by Planned Parenthood.] Methods used by Friends to gain publicity for cause described; growth of attention and approval of group's goals of abolishing Planned Parenthood and tightening Title X in right-to-life movement noted. [Chicago Planned Parenthood spokesperson Marcena LOVE - says same small group hovers around them like mosquito.] Planned Parenthood response to Friends' claims given. [FRYER - says organization doesn't stress any option or influence woman at all.] [SCHEIDLER - says any involvement with abortion regardless of one's role is equal in destruction of human life.] Upcoming attempt to tighten Title X measures by pro-life Congmen. reported Far-reaching effects of measure, if passed, beyond just Planned Parenthood, stated.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser