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Med.: Fetal Tissue Transplants #106355

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 10, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Denver, Colorado: George Strait) Issue of what happens to aborted fetus after abortions reported; details given, scenes shown. [AMI Saint Luke's Hospital Dr. Everett SPEES - says tissue that is usually thrown away could be used to help medical patients.] [Transplant recipient Greg FUJITA - describes symptoms.] Role of fetal tissue transplant in combatting Fujita's diabetes by eliminating his insulin dependency reported Features of fetal cells detailed on screen. Use of cells in fighting leukemia, sickle cell disease and Parkinson's disease noted. [University of Rochester Dr. John SLADEK - details role of fetal cells in neurology.] Swedish research on Parkinson's disease reported; scenes shown. [NYU Medical Center Dr. Abraham LIEBERMAN - says we can treat things thought hopeless.] Controversy over use of fetal tissue discussed. [National Right to Life Committee Dr. John WILLKE - calls research abhorrent.] [University of Minnesota ethicist Dr. Arthur CAPLAN - discusses patients conceiving and aborting to use cells for own disease.] [WILLKE - opposes research.] Issue of use of poor women to conceive and abort noted. [CAPLAN - discusses ethics.] [FUJITA - says tissues being used for good purpose.]

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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