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Supreme Court / Illegitimate Father's Rights / Sterilization Orders #254549

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 10, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court rulings on illegitimate father's rights with regard to child's adoption and hearing of case with regard to sterilization of girl, on judge's order, without her knowledge.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kendallville, IN) Background of sterilization case involving Linda Spitler Sparkman given; Judge Harold Stump signed sterilization order. [Mrs. SPARKMAN - 1st began to suspect sterilization after marriage to Leo Sparkman and she couldn't get pregnant. Describes process of finding out situation from mother. Says mother's reason was that daughter is retarded.] [Leo SPARKMAN - states that situation has hurt marriage.] [Linda's mother, Ora McFARLIN - explains why she had sterilization done.] Details of lawsuit brought by Sparkmans given, and results if Sparkmans win noted.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: John D. Hart

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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