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Campaign 1976 / Ford / Catholic Bishops / Abortion #489953

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 10, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford meets with 6 Catholic bishops to discuss abortion. Bishops not entirely pleased with stand of either candidate on issue.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Bishops say meeting is pleasant contrast to meeting with Carter last week [National Conf. of Catholic Bishops representative Archbishop Joseph BERNARDIN - says they're encouraged because Ford willing to support constitutional amendment.] President's support is for amendment giving states right to make own abortion laws, though bishops weren't satisfied it went far enough. Bishops leave White House with President's promise he'll study problem of fed. funding for abortions through Medicaid and other programs. Ford aides believe Catholic vote could swing N.E. industry states to Ford, but abortion issue is as divisive in Catholic ranks as in non-Catholic ones and there's no certainty parishioners now follow lead of bishops.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

Brinkley, David;
Jamieson, Bob

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