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Supreme Court / Abortion and Welfare Payments #49119

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 20, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules state isn't required to pay for abortions; impact will be on poor who get Medicaid payment for operation. Justices Brennan, Blackmun and Marshall cast dissenting votes.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) 1 of 3 cases in decisions today began with regard to abortion policies of Starkloff Memorial Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. Details of case and comments of Justices Powell, Blackmun and Marshall noted. In House, decisions seen as support of Hyde amendment, passed last week, banning use of federal money for abortion. [Representative Henry HYDE - notes effect of decision on those seeking abortions.] Women's groups leaders hold Washington, DC news conference [NOW representative Sandy ROSS - says decision has cut off poor women's right to choose.] Court doesn't say federal government has same rights as states to restrict money for abortions.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

(Studio) Court also rules states may deny welfare payments to children whose fathers go on strike, quit or are fired for misconduct.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Reporter(s):
O'Brien, Tim;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:03:20

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