|Susan Trustman played Pat Matthews on ANOTHER|
WORLD in 1964.
ANOTHER WORLD's 1964 story reached a climax 48 years ago this week when Pat Matthews traveled to New York with her boyfriend, Tom Baxter (Nicholas Pryor), to have an illegal abortion. The NBC soap was written by Irna Phillips and Bill Bell at the time under executive producer Allen Potter.
Pat later developed an infection that left her unable to have children. Reeling from the news, Pat found Tom who told her he never loved her or had any intention of marrying her. She shot him in a fit of rage. She stood trial for murder but was acquitted. She fell in love with her attorney, John Randolph, who became the love of her life.
The show had Pat's sterility reversed via "corrective surgery" and she had twins, Marianne and Michael, six years later in 1970, also during the first week of September. Robert Cenedella was head writer then under executive producer Lyle B. Hill.
1n 1973, ALL MY CHILDREN's Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) had televisions first legal abortion following the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision. Sadly, this piece of television history, and one of Agnes Nixon's proudest accomplishments was rewritten 32 years later by head writer Megan McTavish.