ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 18, 1977
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(Studio) Opening of International Women's Year conference in Houston noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Houston, Texas) Symbolic run from Seneca Falls, New York, site of 1st women's rights convention in 1848, to pass torch to Houston described. [Billie Jean KING - comments on Bella Abzug's running.] [ABZUG - says all here run for equality, not for cover.] Items on agenda for discussion and as subjects of resolutions, possibly to be sent to President and Congress, listed; opposition to agenda noted.
REPORTER: Sylvia Chase
(Houston, Texas) Report on campaign of conference opponents to bring attention to own cause. [Phyllis SCHLAFLY - says conference delegates' attitude is that opponents have no right to be in Houston and should get own government money for own conv.] Unofficial hearing held by Representative Robert Dornan and claims that state elections for convention delegates were rigged in favor of pro-ERA delegates. [VT resident Marie DIETZ - cites sworn statement from ballot-counting official with regard to illegal balloting.] Controversy over gay rights plank of conference platform, IWY Commission denial of wrongdoing in balloting and near certainty that platform will be adopted described. Pro-Family Coalition newspaper ads noted.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory