Search the Archive

Special Segment (Abortion and Rape) #517819

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 01, 1981
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(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

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Wallace, Chris
Duration:
00:04:50

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.