NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 01, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced.; congress action of Medicaid funding for abortions stemming from rape recalled.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Rape victim's experience and attitude towards her abortion following the attack discussed. [WOMAN - explains decision.] Govt.'s halt to payments for abortion of rape or incest victims recalled; related statistics outlined on screen. Center for Disease Control's estimate of no. of pregnancies occurring annually from rape listed on screen; significance of rape-abortion debate examined. Positions of Senators Bob Packwood, Jesse Helms, columnist Tom Braden noted; Braden, inspiration for "Eight is Enough", noted having daughter who was raped and later had an abortion. [BRADEN - explains his column.] [HELMS - responds; mentions Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug.] [Abortion Rights Action League spokesperson Karen MULHAUSER - comments.] Goal of Health and Human Services regarding abortion noted. [Ofc. of Adolescent Pregnancy spokesperson Marjory MECKLENBURG - supports blanket anti-abortion stance.] Extremes of both sides of the argument outlined.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace
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