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Pennsylvania / Unsuccessful Vasectomy and Abortion #251573

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 20, 1977
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(Studio) Battle with regard to abortion takes strange turn in Pennsylvania couple's legal battle with regard to child they tried not to have.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Francine Speck was born despite father's vasectomy and mother's abortion. [Mother Dorothy SPECK - was shocked when she found out.] Frank and Dorothy Speck decided to have no more children after discovering other 2 daughters suffer from crippling hereditary disease, neurofibromatosis. Details of Francine's conception and birth noted. [Mrs. SPECK - says she should make medical journals.] [SPECK - says his physician told him wife couldn't be pregnant.] [Mrs. SPECK - says doctor even asked if she was having affair.] Francine has neurofibromatosis and also cerebral palsy. [SPECK - says they love daughter, but if she hadn't been born, there'd be lot less heartbreak.] Specks sued physicians, but case was dismissed by Allegheny Cnty. judge Silvestri Silvestri, who says Specks might be able to recover fees for operations, but that's all. [SILVERSTRI - believes there's no wrongful birth and doctors can't be held responsible for not preventing it.] Specks' attorney says it's case of negligence and has asked case be reinstated.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Kladstrup, Don;
Cronkite, Walter

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