ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 1975
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(Studio) Ralph Nader research group charges health safeguards largely ignored in rush to evacuate South Vietnam orphans; suggests all orphans be screened for hepatitis and other diseases. Some critics charge American children not being adopted because of South Vietnam baby lift.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Indianapolis, IN) [Debby JOHNSON - says she and her husband have applied to adopt Vietnam orphan; news of these orphans set fire spark of love in their hearts.] Adoption officials now believe adoptable American children may benefit from recent rush to adopt South Vietnam children. [Director IN child welfare, Lucille Delaware VOE - says Vietnam situation has caused many people to take action and pursue avenues for adoption of American children.] Almost all adoptable American children too old, are of minority race, or are physically or mentally handicapped. [Debby JOHNSON - says even natural parents can't be sure their baby will be perfectly normal.] [Les JOHNSON - believes prospective adoptive parents should reassess their goal for adopting child.] Hopefully interest in Vietnam adoptions to spill over into American adoptions.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs
(Studio) Holt Adoption Agency in Eugene, OR, says adoption requests have incrd. from 1500 per month to 1000 per day.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
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