CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 14, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Detroit, Michigan: Bob Faw) '85 births of Frustaci sextuplets recalled; details given, scenes shown. Med. dilemma of premature births and corresponding death rates resulting from in vitro fertilization reported [WOMAN - discusses having more fetuses than could carry and then being advised to abort some fetuses.] Selective termination outlined. [WOMAN - comments on pain.] [MAN - comments on wife's situation.] [Prenatal specialist Dr. Mark EVANS - says parents had to make choice if wanted any of fetuses to survive.] [National Right to Life Committee Dr. John WILLKE - says selective termination barbaric and medically unethical.] Doctors quoted re: selective termination. [Med. ethicist George ANNAS - comments on situation.] Some doctors reported favoring selective termination because of previous malpractice suits. [EVANS - comments on situation.] Cruelty of making parents decide which children should live and die emphasized. [WOMAN - says memory painful but had no choice if wanted any of children to survive.]
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