ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1978
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(Studio) New York City trial with regard to aborted test tube baby and expected birth in London of test tube baby to Mrs. Lesley Brown reported.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(London, England) Details given about process of fertilization, used by Dr. Patrick Steptoe in treating Mrs. Brown at hospital near Manchester, England. Films shown. Blockage of Fallopian tubes noted as common cause of female infertility. Ethical questions process will raise in scientific community, if successful, outlined. Film shown, courtesy Global Television. [STEPTOE - discusses potential for genetic engineering in test tube babies.] Parliament's debate on Steptoe's experiments, include comparison of issue to Adolf Hitler's concept of master race, detailed.
REPORTER: John Laurence
(NYC) Details given about New York City trial in lawsuit brought against Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and its obstetrics and gynecology chief, Dr. Raymond Vande Wiele by Doris and John Del Zio. Mrs. Del Zio's physicians in aborted test tube baby experiment reported to have been Landrum Shettles and William Sweeney. Effect of trial and British pregnancy on funding of controversial scientific experiments examined; upcoming government committee to draw up guidelines for test tube fertilization noted.
REPORTER: Bob Brown Artist: Aggie Whelan