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August 3, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 7

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7 A - August 3,1973 Sunday Gazette-Mail Cnaf^evfen. A«it voicu» Legal Questions Loom On Test Tube Babies WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS. W. Va (AP) -- With test tube babies nearly possible, doctors and lawyers are preparing for new legal questions and problems. Virginia Bar Assn. members were told Saturday. Two law professors and a doctor discussed the techniques and impacts of modern genetic science during a panel at the VBA's semiannual conference under way at The Greenbrier. Dr. James Kitchin. assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia Hospital, said common techniques for collecting medical data about unborn fetuses include: »-Amniocentesis. which is a test of fluid in the amniotic sac for possible abnormalities in unborn fetuses. -··Ultrasound waves to determine im-ages of the unborn child's organs and bones. »-Fetosophy. which is the insertion ol a telescope into the abdominal wall. Using these methods, doctors are now able to determine a number of physical disorders such as mongolisim. or sex or race linked diseases such as sickle cell anema. Dr. Kitchin said. Doctors are now able to counsel parents on available options, including abortion and medical treatment, and in most cases the genetic screening allows doctors to assure parents of their child's normality, he said. The future of genetic science may include embryonic transplants into humans, a feat which has already been accom- · plished in other animals, the panelists told the lawyers. As an example, the panelists noted that artificial insemination is already widely used. One of the hottest legal questions of the time is the status of an unborn fetus -whether it is a living person and protected by the same constitutional rights as a baby or an adult. But this subject was skirted by the panelists and the audience. The legal impact of the medical possibilities and practices outlined by Kitchin are not clear, said panelist Walter Wadlington III. a law professor at U. Va. He said there are a few laws in the area of genetic science. He said laws requiring sterilizatiion of people with mental defects are still on the books in some states, and a recent Virginia law has said that a child born from artificial insemination is legitimate. John C. Jeffries, also of the U. Va. law school, outlined future legal problems if genetic screening becomes more widely used or mandatory. He said that administrative and licensing procedures could be applied to genetic screening. "The due process clause is a detailed .doctrine, and models, methods and procedures from other" areas involved in due process, would be suitable to insure the fairness to the i n d i v i d u a l " in genetic screening, he said. The greatest danger, he said, is ignorance of all the possibilities of genetic advances. Thus far rulings in this legal area have relied on doctrines of privacy, but Jeffries said he believes the law must try to deal with the actual issues. \ ;·' \\ Merit Col. Richard V. Krogh. senior .Army adviser to the West Virginia Army National Guard, was presented the U.S. Army Legion of Merit Friday on his last day of duty before retiring after a career of 28 years. Destruction Of Rosenberg Papers Barred WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has issued an order barring the destruction of documents sought in a suit by the two sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as spies in 1953. U.S. District Judge June L. Green said in issuing the order that it was not enough just to ask the executive branch to refrain from destroying sensitive documents. "This court doesn't ask because asking isn't sufficient." the judge said. "We will make it an order and if documents are destroyed, the people who do it will be responsible." Seeking release of the government documents are Robert and Michael Meeropol, who contend there was insufficient evidence to convict their parents on charges of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Judge Green told the court Friday. "There has been talk about deep-sixing certain documents. We are faced with that." However, she did not elaborate on what specific evidence might be involved. Jeffrey Axelrad. the government's attorney in the case, objected to the judge's order on preserving the documents. But Judge Green replied "If you're not going to destroy them, why object?" The lawyer for the Meeropols. Marshall Perlin, is seeking to have all documents in the case moved to the federal courthouse for safekeeping. In addition, he has asked Judge Green to order the government to prepare an index or inventory of all the documents, which are estimated to total more than a million pieces of paper. 'The Charge' Has New York Glowing (C) New York Times Service NEW YORK - The city has taken on an eerie glow. Phosphorescent bands of green · light are glimmering in dark cafes, at concerts in Central Park and on street corners at night. "The charge" -- an incandescent plastic loop worn as a bracelet, necklace or tiara -- is a king of ethereal jewelry that is being bought, sold, worn and talked about . on the street. ; "It fascinates me." said Cammie Kirk, a resident of midtown Manhattan, who said she did not mind spending $2 on one even though she would probably throw it out in two days. The clear plastic rings, which contain a yellowish-green liquid that briefly glows in the dark, are sold on slreetcorners throughout the city for anywhere from $1 to S3. They were first worn last fall at rock concerts and are now spreading across the entire night scene, winning popularity with bicyclists who want to be seen in the dark, singles who want to drawn attention to themselves, kids who are fascinated by their sheen and scores of others who just "like the look." "It's better than a hula hoop." said David Tischler. He was alongside Yona Schul- nian. who balanced one on her head. "It's my halo." she explained nonchalantly. "Besides, you can't gel lost that way." The Kelly-green liquid in the tube emits light as part of a chemical reaction. Once the reaction runs its course -- a process that takes about two days -- the glow disappears. Freezing the tube slows down the process and increases the light's duration to four or five days. "It's a clever idea." said Prof. Clyde Dillard of Brooklyn College's chemistry department. 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