NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 16, 1978
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(Studio) Italian parliament's approval of legal abortion in Italy and problems women still have in getting abortions reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Rome, Italy) Dissatisfaction of women's movement and anti-abortion forces with new law stated. [Dr. Mario PIGNANELLI - opposes abortion; has never and won't perform one.] Profitability of illegal abortions as opposed to unprofitability of legal ones noted. Feminists' statements that money is issue, not religion, in Catholics' refusal to perform abortions; Pope Paul's disagreement noted. Vatican announcement of automatic excommunication for Catholic doctor performing abortion and other orders re: operations mentioned. Situation for women wanting abortions and physicians who will give them examined. [Feminist legislature Luciana CASTELLINIA - cites reasons doctors may not perform abortions.] Other problems listed; ease and quickness with which one can get abortion in United States and Britain quoted.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs