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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, December 12, 1974 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 23 Ann Landers Nurses not forced to treat abortion patients Dear Ann: Thank you for telling the wife who sneaked the tip her husband left (for a party of six) that she "stole from a woman who worked hard to earn it." You wouldn't believe how little some waitresses are paid. We depend on our tips to live. I have seen not only wives, but children grab tips from under plates. And yes, even strangers at nearby tables sometimes help themselves. Please print this letter, Ann, and tell people who want to reward an efficient, hard working waitress with a gratuity to please put it in her hand and not leave it on the table. It's the only way to make sure she gets it. The World Is A Jungle Dear World: Here's your letter, but I must level with you, dear. I received a great many letters from women married to cheapskates who felt his wife was perfectly justified in grabbing that fiver. Of course they are wrong, but my answer didn't convince them, and neither will yours. Here's another letter from your "Sisterhood." Dear Ann Landers: I've been a waitress in lounges and cabarets for several years. One of our worst poblems is wives who tell their husbands, when the check comes, "You don't need to leave a tip. The bill is big enough to pay that waitress a good salary." The bill may be big, but the truth is we AREN'T paid FRIENDSHIP LODGE NO. 729 LA. TO THE U.T.U. Announces the RAFFLE WINNERS 1. Sarg Gunderson Fort Macleod 2. Stella Irvine 1509 6th Ave. S., Lethbridge 3. Dorothy Logan 221 15th St. N., Lethbridge 4. Cake Raffle Alice Tillet Stirling, Alberta enough to live on. We need those tips to make the rent and groceries. The reason we do waitress work is because we know that if we are courteous and friendly and knock ourselves out, we WILL get good tips. Another thing, most wives don't realize that many waitresses are divorced (or widowed) and they have young children. Support che- ques? Forget it. We've given up trying to find the bums or it's too much of a hassle to get a deadbeat ex husband to pay support. That dame who wrote to you, Ann, said she needed that she lifted to get some fabric out of lay away. While she's at home sewing, I'm standing on my feet for eight hours at a stretch trying to make a de- cent living. Bunioned Betty Dear Betty: Thanks for the back up. Now here's a letter from a wife. Dear Ann Landers: I saw red when you accused that wife of STEALING that tip left by her husband. I can't squeeze an extra quarter out of my tight wad, but when "Mr. Big Shot" gets out in public, he just loves to show off by throwing money around. The whole tipping system is rotten. Restaurants, bars, and cocktail lounges ought to pay their help enough to live on, the same as shops and offices. I work in the lingerie depart- ment of a well known store and nobody tips me for break- ing my back trying to squeeze a size 44 rear end into a "medium" girdle. When I get home at night I feel as if I've shoveled a ton of coal. Tell it like it is, kiddo, will you please? Tired And Tipless Dear T. and T.: You did, and I thank you. But until the tipping system is changed, we'll have to go along with it and I see no evidence of a change in the making. Even if drinking is the "in" thing in your crowd, it needn't crowd you out. Learn the facts from Ann Landers's booklet, "Booze and You For Teen Agers Only." Send 35 cents in coin and a long, self addressed, stamped envelope to Ann Landers, P.O. Box .1400, Elgin 111. 60120. The majority of nurses can deal effectively with abortion patients, says the director of nursing at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. "If a nurse found treating abortion patients repugnant, we certainly wouldn't force says Olive Faulds. "We have had seminars and workshops to help nurses deal with their feelings about abortions. If a nurse is having difficulty adjusting, we do all we can to help her sort out her feelings. "There has never been a case of a nurse being fired if she would not work with abortion the nursing director adds. "If she requested a change, we would try to assign her to different wards, but this is a small hospital and if we're short-staffed, a nurse may have to go where the need is greatest." The Canadian Nursing Association considers a nurse's position on the issue of abortion a matter for her own conscience, but Mrs Faulds says many nurses feel "caught in between" on the abortion issue. Some regard abortion as the lesser of two evils when com- pared with the tragedy which may result from unwanted pregnancies. "I feel this way myself. No matter what the decision, there is no easy adds Mrs. Faulds. "Those who advocate forcing the girl to have the baby often do so for punitive reasons." She says LMH's policy of lodging abortion patients in the obstetrics and gynecology wing results in some com- ments from other patients, even though abortion patients are usually in private rooms. "You get this public adds Mrs. Faulds. "Some women object, on moral grounds, to having abortion patients nearby." Mrs. Faulds says it is not callous to place women who have had abortions in rooms next to new mothers. "Somewhere along the way, she (the abortion patient) has to accept the fact there are babies in the world, and we think she might as well face it in the hospital, where we can give her sup- port." However, one Lethbridge nurse doesn't think resolution of conflict over abortion is quite that easy. She blames lurid nightmares, where people were trying to kill her, on her negative feelings about abortion. When she stopped working at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital's obstetric and gynecology wing, the nightmares went away. "I had all these conflicting emotions about abortion says the nurse, a mother of one a'dopted and one natural child. Wishing to remain anonymous, she shall be called Doreen. "But as a nurse, I had to treat all patients the same, and help them as much as possible." After counselling, she realized the source of her nightmares and emotional discomfiture was her feeling against abortion. She decided to give up working full-time, now she works part- time, on call, and is able to choose which wards she'll nurse in. "If a nurse notifies the hospital before she's hired, of her feelings about abortion, she's assigned duty away from abortion cases. But if there's an emergency, or a staff shortage, she still has to serve wherever there's need and that might be on the ob-gyne explains Doreen. She says her negative feelings about abortion are not based on religion, although she is a converted Roman Catholic. "Maybe it's because I lost two babies of my own that I can't im- agine anyone deliberately terminating a she explains. "I don't think I've ever seen an abortion that was absolutely required, to save a mother's life." Lang helps break society's views on women's roles THE BETTER HALF By Barnes MONTREAL (CP) Justice Minister Otto Lang said Tuesday that he gives preference to women over equally-qualified men when making judicial ap- pointments. "Not only would I appoint an equally-qualified woman if I was choosing between the woman and the man, but I would indeed choose a qualified woman even over a slightly better qualified man for appointment to the he said in a speech prepared for the Women's Federation of Allied Jewish Community Services. Mr. Lang said it is impor- tant to act in such a manner to help break society's traditional attitudes about women's roles. "We will overcome those attitudes most quickly and effectively by having women in positions where women can exercise and be seen to exer- cise the highest roles or responsibility and judgment." Mr. Lang devoted much of his speech to the government- proposed human rights and fair administrative practices commission, an agency he hoped will be operating at the federal level by the summer. The agency would inform people about the problems of discrimination and what can be done to deal with it It would also have "an CANADIAN Treat yourself to the rich golden smoothness of 1878. I EACH I RYE WHISKY Blended smooth. Aged smooth. Priced smooth. MEAGHERS MEAGHERS A number ombudsman-type Mr. Lang said. "The duties of one par- ticular commissioner will be to deal with specific com- plaints of individuals against activities by the federal bureaucracy." Mr. Lang said he did not see the commission interfering with the role of MPs in deal- ing with complaints about government service. 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