ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Wilmot, IN) Faith Assembly religious organization's refusal to accept any medical care and resultant unnecessary deaths examined; teachings of biblical scholar and Grace Theological Seminary graduate Dr. Hobart Freeman, founder of Faith Assembly, outlined on screen, discussed. Church members noted excommunicated and shunned if they seek care from physician. [Voice of FREEMAN - claims faith alone will save sick and dying.] Death of Graham Gilmore from meningitis due to parents refusal to seek medical help noted. [Father David GILMORE - recalls experience; agrees he's a murderer.] Death of Alice Rodgers and baby during childbirth due to her similar refusal to seek medical care, based on religious beliefs, discussed; photos shown. [Mother, Elizabeth LEACH - questions sense of daughter's death.] Other deaths linked with Faith Assembly practice cited; Fort Wayne "News-Sentinel's" documentation of numerous deaths in recent years outlined on screen. Freeman's refusal to comment on situation noted. Community animosity towards Freeman and his teachings examined. [Cnty. health department nurse Barbara CLOUSE - notes children are denied right of choice.] IN law allowing such situations cited; movement among state legislature to change law mentioned.
REPORTER: Rebecca Chase
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