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Ten O'Clock News; Women's Health Center


Interview with two Women's Health Center representatives explaining choices and implications of using birth control. Discussion of birth control experimentation on women without consent, women's health movement, and contraceptive options. Followed by b-roll of Giger and interviewees discussing past fertility medicine and Western perception of pregnancy. Discussion of legislation around midwives. Interviewees talking about sterilization, cesarean sections, induced labor. Visuals of contraceptives— diaphragm, IUDs, foam, package of birth control pills. Giger and interviewees discuss women's health in background. Clip of books "Our Bodies, Ourselves" and "Contraceptive Technology 1976-1977." Poster "Freedom for Women" on wall.

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Ten O'Clock News

Women's Health Center

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Women's rights
Birth control
Cambridge (Mass.)
News Report
Giger, Karin (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Women's Health Center,” 05/20/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 23, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFF47E517FE34DFD86495F6C2F07F060.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Women's Health Center.” 05/20/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 23, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFF47E517FE34DFD86495F6C2F07F060>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Women's Health Center. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFF47E517FE34DFD86495F6C2F07F060
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