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(Studio) Current controversy over federal government's possible intervention under guise of "Baby Doe" regulation into decision of parents of severely handicapped infant to withhold medical treatment which would prolong child's life examined; background to situation explained.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Stony Brook, New York) Severity of baby's birth defects and prospects for her life, with and without surgery, outlined. [Parents' attorney Paul GIANELLI - describes treatment given infant.] Court said appointing guardian for baby following suit filed by right-to-life attorney [Guardian William WEBER - feels parents' decision is secondary.] Reagan administration reported suing hospital for infant's records following New York state court ruling supporting parents' rights. [Assistant attorney general William Bradford REYNOLDS - explains government's intrusion.] [GIANELLI - responds.] General implications of case considered. [Americans United for Life spokesperson Paige CUNNINGHAM, medical ethics expert Tom MURRAY - offer opposing views.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
- Goldberg, Bernard;
- Rather, Dan
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