NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 16, 1975
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(Studio) Black mothers on welfare rptdly. sterilized in Aiken Cnty., SC, by obstetrician who said he wouldn't treat them anymore if they didn't. 2 sue.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Barnwell, SC) 2 who are suing are Virgil Walker, sterilized, and Shirley Brown, who refused sterilization and is pregnant with 4th child. Accuse Dr. Clovis Pierce of violating their civil rights. Pierce testifies he won't treat mother on welfare with 2 or more children unless she agrees to be sterilized after baby born. Plaintiffs' attorney Joseph Levin puts ex-patient, Dorothy Waters, on stand. Waters testifies as to Pierce agreeing to deliver her baby if she was sterilized; says she didn't want it done. Pierce says he wouldn't have continued treating Waters unless he believed she wanted to be sterilized.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff; ARTIST: Leo Hershfield
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