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New Jersey / Surrogate Mother Trial #108348

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 31, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Hackensack, New Jersey: Tim O'Brien) Judge Harvey Sorkow's ruling in custody trial between surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead and William and Elizabeth Stern and background to case featured; details given, scenes shown. [William STERN - reacts to decision.] Sorkow quoted on screen. [Whitehead's attorney Harold CASSIDY - criticizes decision.] Elizabeth Stern noted adopting infant immediately after Sorkow's ruling.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Betsy Aaron) Contd. business of attorney Noel Keane in arranging surrogate mother contracts described, illustrated. [KEANE - explains process to Richard and Janice Cummings; reacts to Stern-Whitehead court decision.] [Surrogate mother Nancy BARRASS - defs. his effort to gain custody of son.] [National Committee for Adoption spokesperson Jeffrey ROSENBERG - reacts to Sorkow's ruling.] [Attorney/ethicist Susan WOLF - considers long-range implications for children involved.] [Prospective surrogate mother "JOANNE" - defs. surrogate process.] [January 5, Mary Beth WHITEHEAD - explains agreeing to be surrogate mother.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) [Harvard law school professor Arthur MILLER - considers basis of future legal arguments on issue.] "Nightline" announced.

Aaron, Betsy;
Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim

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