CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 26, 1978
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(Studio) Expected controversy over ethical and religious factors brought on by birth of test tube baby in Oldham Hospital in England reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) Background report on test tube fertilization process and moral controversy it raises. Successful implantation of fertilized egg in Mrs. Lesley Brown noted. [Dr. Robert EDWARDS - says experiment shows that early stages of human life can be medical responsibility.] Details of process and problems involved in its success or failure given.] [Gynecologist Dr. John MARSHALL - states questions of legal and moral nature involved in potential for defective baby.] Moral questions, include fear of some that "baby factories" will develop, mentioned. [STEPTOE - says "baby factory" idea is science fiction.] [New York archdiocese vice-chancellor Reverend William SMITH - discusses view that test tube baby process is man playing God.]
REPORTER: Charles Crawford
(Studio) Apparent lack of conflict in Muslim and Jewish law with test tube insemination noted. Vatican's reservation of statement on English birth and its opposition to human artificial insemination stated. Report on impact of British birth on New York City court case brought by John and Doris Del Zio of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who had planned to undergo similar procedure in 1973 before embryo was destroyed.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) Del Zio's reaction to Brown baby's birth described. [Doris DEL ZIO - states mixed reaction.] [John DEL ZIO - is overjoyed for Mrs. Brown and for science.] Columbia Presbyterian Hospital's halt to experiment involving Del Zios noted. [Del Zio physician Dr. William SWEENEY - reacts to successful birth.] Dr. Raymond Vande Wiele reported as physician who stopped Del Zio procedure. [VANDE WIELE - thinks his attys. will show that British and Del Zio procedures weren't alike.] Court proceedings detailed. Testimony of Dr. Landrum Shettles cited.
REPORTER: Steve Young