ABC Evening News for Monday, May 29, 1978
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(Studio) Report from physician in England that baby conceived in test tube and now carried by mother will be born this summer noted. Lawsuit resulting from similar, unsuccessful venture in United States reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(NYC) [Doris DEL ZIO - says she and husband wanted child desperately and were aware that she would have to have operation in order to get pregnant.] Reasons for Mrs. Del Zio's inability to become pregnant normally explained; is noted that many other women are infertile for similar reasons. [Boston Hospital for Women spokesperson Dr. Kenneth RYAN - says there's probably no more desperate situation than couple that really want to have child of own and can't. Describes lengths to which such couples will go in order to have children.] Del Zio's agreement to participate in fertilization experiment that has never been successful in humans noted; description of fertilization method given. Controversial action was to have been performed by Dr. Landrum Shettles, using facilities at Columbia University lab in New York. [SHETTLES - states criticism he's received Isn't trying to meddle with God's work, just trying to see how it fits together.] Halt to experiment brought by supervising physician, Dr. Raymond Vande Wiele, on learning of Shettles' intentions and planned use of Columbia lab reported Del Zios' lawsuit against Vande Wiele and Columbia, on grounds that this was destruction of potential embryo, described. Photo shown. Views of most scientists working in field about remaining unknown factors in test tube creations of this sort outlined. [University of Pennsylvania spokesperson Dr. Luigi MASTROIANNI - discusses magnitude of unknowns involved in test tube fertilization.] Lack of any successful test tube fertilization of primate also reported Film of rabbit embryo forming shown. Scientific, social and legal dilemmas involved in issue examined.
REPORTER: Bob Brown
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