NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 25, 1990
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Janet BENSHOOF - comments on Supreme Court's abortion decision.] Report introduced.
(Supreme Court: Carl Stern) Supreme Court decision in two cases involving teen abortions and issue of parental notification examined. [Challenging the Minnesota law, Dr. Jane HODGSON - says some teenagers can't cope with telling their parents.] [Teenage abortion patient "CARMEN" - talks about having to tell a judge about her abortion request.] Alignment of justices on case in which Sandra Day O'Connor had the deciding vote outlined on screen. [National Right to Life Committee Olivia GANS - says we are winning.] [Planned Parenthood Roger EVANS - says abortion issue will depend on O'Connor.] [Legal author Bruce FEIN - says court gave signal it has open ear to challenges to Roe versus Wade.] Court noted agreeing to consider whether family planning clinics can be barred from even mentioning abortion.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Supreme Court: Robert Hager) Supreme Court decision in right-to- die case involving accident victim Nancy Cruzan, who has been in a coma-like state, examined. [Last September, father Joe CRUZAN - comments.] Majority opinion of Chief Justice William Rehnquist outlined on screen. [George Washington University Dr. Gregory PAULSON - says decision about the end of our lives has been put in the hands of the state.] Concept of a "living will," in which people may declare that they don't want life prolonged if they wind up in a coma- like state explained.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Supreme Court: Carl Stern and Robert Hager) Implications of these decisions for future abortion cases and for those thousands in coma-like state discussed.