NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 04, 1976
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(Studio) Congress hearings begin on amending Const. with regard to abortion.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that woman has right to abortion in early stages of pregnancy. One million legal abortions performed each year Preterm clinic shown. [WOMAN - answers phone.] January 22,1976, demonstration against abortions shown. They want const. amendment against abortion. Anti-abortionists have presidential candidate, Ellen McCormack. Catholic bps. poll showed that abortion was not visible issue. Catholic Church sends material to bps. and priests urging Catholics to join anti-abortion groups. [Director Pro-Life Activities, Monsignor James McHUGH - wants to escalate visibility of abortion issue and pursue passage of const. amendment.] Some feel little will come of cong. hearings on abortion. Most Congmen. would rather ignore abortion issue.
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee