ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 03, 1983
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(Studio) Med. condition of severely handicapped infant born in New York recently and parents' decision to withhold any medical treatment prolonging infant's life noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Stony Brook, New York) Controversy surrounding parents' decision and fed. government's possible efforts to apply its "Baby Doe" regulation examined; severity of baby's medical problems described. [PARENTS - discuss difficulty of their decision, love for child.] [Attorney Lawrence WASHBURN - explains filing suit against parents.] [PARENTS - feel right-to-life advocate's lawsuit is ultimate intrusion in their lives.] New York state court mentioned supporting parents in case; Reagan administration reported filing fed. suit against hospital in effort to determine if baby's civil rights have been violated. [PARENTS - note government and Washburn's inability to feel for their child as they do.]
REPORTER: Stone Phillips
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