CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 09, 1978
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(Studio) March of Dimes announcement of phasing out of program to detect birth defects prior to birth noted. Program has become part of abortion issue.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Amniocentesis procedure detailed and opposition to it by right to life groups because some of those whose babies are found to have birth defects abort pregnancy, noted. March of Dimes decision to withdraw some funding to genetic services mentioned. [March of Dimes president Chas. MASSEY - says board of dirs. hasn't voted to discont. genetic services. Notes organization's policy of providing service and funding for certain period of time.] [Doctors for Life member Dr. Leonie WATSON - doesn't think children should be destroyed because of illness. Says fetus is person.] [Jane PARITSKY - describes past experience with son who had Tay-Sachs disease. Won't have another child go through that again.] Congress consideration of genetic services bill and debate going on over this, in addition to abortion, noted.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker
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