NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 31, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Hackensack, New Jersey: Norma Quarles) Judge Harvey Sorkow's ruling in surrogate custody trial between Mary Beth Whitehead and William and Elizabeth Stern and background to case examined; details given, scenes shown. [Elizabeth STERN - expresses sympathy for Whitehead.] Sorkow's decision outlined, quoted on screen. [Whitehead's attorney Harold CASSIDY, Stern's attorney Gary SKOLOFF - react to decision.] [In past, WHITEHEAD - explains reneging on contract.] [Whitehead's mother Illene MESSER - recalls authorities' seizure of granddaughter.] [In past, William STERN - notes father's have rights as well.] Socioecon. ramifications of case and thrust of evidence presented during trial reviewed. [On audio tape, voices of William STERN and WHITEHEAD - discuss her threat to kill child.] [Surrogate broker Noel KEANE, Columbia Univ. law school professor Harold EDGAR - comment on ruling.] Whitehead said appealing. (Artist: Ida Libby Dengrove)
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [Prof. Alexander CAPRON - discusses implications of judge's ruling.]
(NYC: Ann Rubenstein) Growing debate over legal, moral and ethical questions of surrogate parenting examined; details given, scenes shown. [American Bar Fndn. spokesperson Lori ANDREWS, medical ethicist Dan. CALLAHAN, Surrogate Parenting Association spokesperson Dr.Richard LEVIN - cite various ramifications of issue.] Surrogating's legal status indicated on map. [Surrogate mother "Nancy's" natural DAUGHTER - describes her fears after mother gave surrogate brother away.]