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Fertility Crisis #72006

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 06, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(NYC) Rel. between men's fertility levels and industry environmental examined. Similarity between cases of Jack Hodges, Gary Halbert and George Bailey re: reproductive damage illustrated by sterility, spontaneous abortions and deformed children outlined. [Public health specialist Dr. Anthony ROBBINS - notes traditional attitude of thinking problem lies with woman.] Role of industry chemicals in situation discussed; details outlined on screen. [Dr. Philip LANDRIGAN - considers a percentage of spontaneous abortions and malformed children the result of exposure to industry chemicals.] [ROBBINS - acknowledges science's uncertainty.] Discovery of link between industry chemicals and damage to sperm reported coming with case involving Occidental Chemical Company's product of pesticide DBCP; details given. [HODGES - says sterility is irreversible.] Results of tests on male DBCP workers outlined on screen, discussed. [Dr. Andrew WYROBEK - notes laboratory findings.] Renee and George Bailey's situation, and birth of deformed son, Adam, described as illustrating case. [Renee BAILEY - comments.] Potential for future harm noted.
REPORTER: James Walker

Robinson, Max;
Walker, James

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