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Congress / Maternity Disability Benefits #48300

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 26, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court ruling denying women disability pay for pregnancy caused Congress to begin work on legislature to require companies with disability plans to incl. maternity benefits. Senate hearing begins today.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) 1st 3 to testify are Senators who favor bill; next is acting chairperson of EEOC [Ethel Bent WALSH - says arguments that it's cheaper to discriminate aren't relevant or convincing; notes many women work for same economy reasons men do.] Representative of National Association of Mfrs. testifies re: concern for abuses of bill. [Francis COLEMAN - cites possible length of disability.] NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Clarence Mitchell puts question in different light. [MITCHELL - says women shouldn't be prevented from having children for fear of future and kind of care and benefits they'll get compared to those of someone injured on golf course.] Women make up 47% of work force; 1 witness notes present policies mean difference, for some women, of choice between job and having children.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reynolds, Frank;
Walters, Barbara

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