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American Agenda (Abortion: Fetal Tissue Research) #113403

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Med. uses of tissue from aborted fetuses noted. Report introduced.

(DC: George Strait) Ethics questions regarding use of fetal tissue featured; case study of Mario Tellez, whose Parkinson's disease was controlled by transplantation of fetal tissue to his brain, detailed. [TELLEZ - (thru translator) discusses his health.] [Dr. Drucker COLIN - discusses tissue transplant procedure.] Ethical aspects of abortion noted. [National Right to Life Committee Dr. John WILLKE - says we can't kill little patient to help big patient.] [Georgetown Law Center Patricia KING - discusses issue of life.] [University of Minnesota ethicist Arthur CAPLAN - discusses possibility of abuse of procedure.] [WILLKE -says money will lead to abortions.] [Abortion clinic director Charlotte TAFT - responds.] Halting of funding for fetal tissue research by President Reagan's administration recalled. [Parkinson's victim Elliot OSMUND - says "my time is limited."] Possibility of his daughters providing aborted fetal tissue for father discussed. Recommendations by National Insts. of Health panel for reopening research outlined on screen. [WILLKE, COLIN - offer opposing opinions.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Issues underlying possibility of lifting research ban detailed.

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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