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Test Tube Birth #499896

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 26, 1978
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(Studio) Birth of 1st test tube baby, in England, noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Lancashire, England) Details given about publicity surrounding test tube baby born to Lesley Brown and husband John, as well as procedure followed for fertilization. Physicians on case, Doctors Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, noted. [STEPTOE - discusses future of procedure.]
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Report on lawsuit brought against physician and hospital by Mr. and Mrs. John Del Zio for stopping test tube pregnancy.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(NYC) Background of aborted Del Zio pregnancy and resulting lawsuit given. [Doris DEL ZIO - states reaction to British birth.]
REPORTER: Richard Hunt Artist Ida Libby Dengrove

(Studio) Int. of infertile women in United States in participating in test tube fertilization experiments noted. Report on research being done in Nashville, Tennessee, at Vanderbilt University
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Nashville, Tennessee) Nashville resident Diane Dye's stated desire to participate in test tube fertilization experiments noted. [Mrs. DYE - thinks it's wonderful that this can now be done.] Photo shown. Details given of research on procedure being done at Vanderbilt University Med. Center by gynecology professor, Dr. Pierre Soupart. [SOUPART - believes more research in United States will be seen.]
REPORTER: Bob Jimenez

(Studio) Ethical, religious and legal questions raised by Brown birth success outlined. No conflict reported in procedure's acceptance by Jewish and Muslim law and apparent conflict with laws of Roman Catholic Church noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Scenes from NBC made-for-TV movie based on Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", concerning mass product of babies, shown. Scientists' disbelief in possibility of "baby factories" noted. Concerns of some people about social and ethical implications of issue. [Georgetown Univ. prof. Father Richard McCORMICK, S.J. - discusses idea of abortion as relates to lab fertilization.] Other social and ethical concerns outlined. [Obstetrician Dr. Andre HELLEGERS - discusses concern about attempts to develop perfect babies.] Hellegers' dirship. of Kennedy Institution on Human Reprod. mentioned.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

Hunt, Richard;
Brinkley, David;
Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Jimenez, Bob;
Simpson, Carole

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