ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 29, 1978
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(Studio) Reports with regard to decision to sell tourist attraction and hotel, the Queen Mary, now anchored in Long Beach, California, harbor; FBI director William Webster's announcement of high priority being given to new anti-terrorist training program; and request of National Abortion Rights Action League for FBI investigation of recent violent attacks on abortion clinic. Film shown.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Recent violent attacks on abortion clinics in Saint Paul, Burlington, Omaha, Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland detailed. Films shown. Threats and other harassment of women injured in Cleveland incident described. Police statements with regard to continued investigation of bombing of Cleveland clinic, and clinic cnslrs.' statements with regard to police attitude toward probe upon learning it was abortion clinic reported [CNSLR. - describes policeman's reaction to learning clinic performed abortions.] Precautions being taken by nearby clinic described. [Clinic director Carolyn BUHL - says violence will be met with violence within clinic doors.] Strong anti-abortion movement in Ohio, where many violent incidents have taken place, noted. Org. called PEACE mentioned. [PEACE co-founder Patricia PICHLER - cites ultimate goal as eliminating abortion, but not to point of violence against clinics.] Possibility of interstate conspiracy and Justice Department refusal to investigate, and reasons given, outlined.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory