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New Jersey / Surrogate Trial #315036

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 31, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Hackensack, New Jersey: Richard Roth) Judge Harvey Sorkow's ruling in custody case between surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead and William and Elizabeth Stern and background to case examined; details given, scenes shown. [William STERN - reacts to decision.] Sorkow's ruling outlined, quoted. [Whitehead's mother Catherine MESSER - comments.] [Attorney Noel KEANE - feels ruling will encourage surrogate process.] [Whitehead's attorney Harold CASSIDY - will appeal.] (Artist: Sharon Falk)

(DC: Lesley Stahl) Moral, legal and ethical arguments in surrogate process and possible implications of New Jersey ruling examined; details given, scenes shown. [National Center for Adoption spokesperson William PIERCE - equates surrogating with baby selling.] [Family Law Center spokesperson Beverly Ann GRONER - feels laws again process are intrusion on individual rights.] Position of Catholic Church on issue mentioned. [Infertility Associates spokesperson Michael FREEDMAN - notes success of industry] Unanswered ethical questions listed on screen.

Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard;
Stahl, Lesley

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