NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 20, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules states don't have to provide abortions to poor women whose lives not endangered and that public hospitals don't have to provide them to patients who can't pay. Decision is result of 3 cases.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) 1 of cases stems from attempt by Debra Rebeck to get abortion at Saint Louis city hospital; details noted. [REBECK - cites reasons hospital gave for refusal.] Comments of Justices Burger, Powell and Marshall noted. Justices Brennan and Blackmun join in dissent. Spokesperson for anti-abortion forces says decision will aid movement to end private and publicly funded abortions. [National Right to Life Committee spokesperson Thea Rossi BARRON - says it's 1st step to constitutional amendment to ban abortion.] Implications of ruling noted.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
(Studio) House has voted to ban use of federal money for abortions; Senator to vote on measure this week House vote and Supreme Court ruling are blows to proponents of abortion for poor.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(NYC) No. of abortions performed at Margaret Sanger Center clinic per yr., in New York City and in New York, noted. City estimates with regard to savings in welfare and Medicaid due to birth control and abortion programs noted. [Planned Parenthood spokesperson Alfred MORAN - cites expenses to states which deny payment for abortion.] Most New York clinics won't treat women from states which don't pay.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt
(Studio) Supreme Court also rules against welfare payments to children whose fathers are on strike, have quit or are fired for misconduct. REPORTER: John Chancellor
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