CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 02, 1976
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(Studio) Part 2 of report on birth control pills follows.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(New York) [Dr. J. Richard CROUT - states oral contraceptives can cause death.] Blood clotting effect of estrogen in pills is subject of controversy. [Vascular specialist NYU medical center Dr. Stanford WESSLER - explains various clots and their effects.] Many doctors at drug companies maintain connection between pills and blood clots inconclusive. [G.D. Searle and Company Dr. I.C. WINTER - says there's no proof either way with regard to clots and pills. Warning is proper however.] Pamphlet for pill users prepared by drug companies [WESSLER - believes 100-400 of 10,000 birth control pill users may die this year from clots.] 1963 Miss America contest film shown. In 1970, former Miss American suffered stroke after resuming birth control pills. [Mrs. Jacqueline TOWNSEND - says speech returned after 3-4 years] Doctors attributed stroke to birth control pills. Mrs. Townsend sued drug company mfgring. pill. [Mrs. TOWNSEND - urges women not to use pill.] Other side effects from pill use detailed. [Planned Parenthood Dr. Elizabeth CONNELL - says odds of women dvting. benign liver tumor from pill is slight. Thinks balance needed between actual side effects and scaring women needlessly. 1 Woman and her doctor should decide whether to take pill. 3rd report on pills previewed.
REPORTER: David Culhane