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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta It-THE LtTHBRIDQl HERALD -TiMMday, February -The Herald Family Italian feminists fight to pass abortion bill ROME (Reuter) Ital- ian feminists are facing an uphill political fight to legal- ize abortion and put an end to a trade which is estimated to cost the lives of women every year. In Roman Catholic Italy le- galized abortion is the pri- mary plank in the platform of the feminist movement be- cause of the exceptionally high rate of illegal abortions, estimated at between and three million a year. Offi- cial Italian figures say one million operations are per- formed each year in the "an- gel factories" as the clandes- PUBLIC BINGO LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upttaln) EVEBY tine abortion clinics are called. Feminists recently picketed parliament in hopes of speed- ing up debate on a pending abortion bill. They protest that under present law not even therapeutic abortions are permitted. Tullia Carettoni, a woman senator, recently requested in parliament that abortion should be allowed for those such as the 600 pregnant women from Milan who were stricken with measles during an epidemic last winter. It is not unusual to hear of women having eight or more illegal abortions, and re- searchers report cases of 30 clandestine abortions. "At first I went to the vil- lage one Italian peas- ant woman from Calabria confessed to Italian journalist Elvria Banotti. "Then I learned to do it myself. I've had 37 abortions." Italian feminists claim 000 women here die or remain permanently physically NEW BINGO LOYAL ORDER OP MOOSE 3rd Ave. N. WEDNESDAY at 8 p.m. 24 GAMES Jackpot Numbtr Cash IDCTMMC wMkly WMk Jackpot S139 In 52 Numbm 10th Ganw 7 Number 5 for card pays Doubto Door Priza Wo One Under 16 Years Allowed to Play maimed because of clandes- tine abortions each year. Even the Italian health minis- try reckons that women die here annually after illegal operations. In a good private clinic an abortion with anesthesia costs about lire while self-styled midwives of either sex charge lire min- imum Socialist Deputy Loris For- tuna, who earlier successfully won legislation to permit di- vorce in Italy, presented a bill to parliament last February asking for legalized abortion. Under the proposed bill two doctors would have to sign a certificate authorizing the abortion, permitted when con- tinuing a pregnancy "could cause risk to the life of the pregnant woman, or prejudice her physical or psychic health more so than would inter- rupting the pregnancy." Italy's clerics are adamant on the subject of abortion. At its June. 1971, meeting the Italian Episcopal Commis- sion prohbited Catholic members of parliament from any consideration of legisla- tion on abortion. The position has not changed since then although a few voices are beginning to be raised among dissident Italian Catholic clerics and prominent laymen in favor of abortion. Mountain scenery The pace and beauty of the mountains draws many city folk out of their homes.for a romp In the winter countryside. A clear stream adds to the scenery and provides those willing to clamber down with a cool, fresh drink. At dusk, the moon stands guard over tall pine trees. New stamp JT OTTAWA (CP) Former Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent will appear on a new seven-cent stamp to be issued April 8. The portrait of Mr. St. Laurent, who died in July, will be among those of other prime ministers in the low-value definitive series. Sears FABRIC FABRICATION CONTEST Contest Rules Sew, Knit or Crochet a gar- ment for your favorite model up to the age of 12 years. Pre-judging of garments will be held Thursday, March 7th, 1974. Fashion Show will be Saturday, March 9th, 1974. Prizes awarded on the basis of. to Model First Prize Gift Certificate Second Prize Gift Certificate Third Prize Gift Certificate Material must be purchased at SEARS and sales Slips at- tached to entry form. Entry Forms and further in- formation are available at Sears Fabric Centre. Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Open daffy from a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m, to p.m. Centre ViHage Mail Telephone 328-9231 Observers predict social doom Views on homosexuality change By MARSHA DUBROW NEW YORK (Reuter) Americans are having a second thought about homosexuals. Some observers say this is the beginning of social and sexual doom hi the United States. Others say they believe the U.S. is finally moving gradually away from established puritanism. The American Psychiatric Association no longer considers homosexuality a mental disorder. In a motion last the APA's board of trustees voted to delete homosexuality from the "disorder" category of its diagnostic manual. Instead, homosexuality is listed as a "sexual orientation disturbance." The ruling applies only to homosexuals who are "disturbed by, in conflict with, or wish to change their sexual orientation." Not all psychiatrists agree with this. Those who oppose it, say the APA wording on homosexuality is "confusing semantic mtunbo junto" that virtually "normalizes" homosexuality. Dr. Robert Spitzer, one of the chief proponents of the change in the APA stand towards homosexuality, however, said in an interview: "I don't really believe it is normal, but I'm not sure..." CAN BE HAPPY He said, it is important for the public and the medical profession to recognize homosexuality as "not a condition incompatible with a relatively happy, effective life." Dr. Charles Socarides, author of The Overt Homosexual, .said the APA board went further than any other culture in history, such as ancient Greece, the Roman Empire or top Nazi echelons, had in accepting homosexuality. He said the ruling represents "a revision of a basic concept of and biology." Another doctor who resigned from New York City health services because he believed he was about to be exposed as a homosexual, said he sees in the APA ruling the beginning of the end of discrimination and persecution of homosexuals. The former health services commissioner, Dr. Howard Brown, said: "We are seeing a massive change hi the law, church, and psychology which are steps toward ending discrimination and persecution." Some homosexuals, however, said they feel the ruling came too late, offers too little and is discriminatory. WANTS NO MENTION Morty Manford, president of the Gay Activists Alliance, said hpmpsexuality should not have been mentioned at all in the diagnostic manual, especially when there is no category for heterosexuals disturbed by their sexual orientation. Dr. Spitzer promised that heterosexual disturbances will be added into the diagnostic manual when the scientific terminology is The APA ruling which will be voted on in May by the full APA membership, will have most immediate effect in law. as well as psychiatric practice. There are no statistics of homosexuals in the United States but it is believed that one in every 20 Americans is a homosexual. In the eyes of U.S. laws, THE BETTER HALF homosexuality constitutes legal grounds for deportation of aliens, loss of custody rights for lately-turned lesbian mothers and visiting rights, for gay fathers, and discharge from military services. On a private level, homosexuals are frequently discriminated against in employment, housing and freedom of movement even though such discriminations are a clear violation of the victim's constitutional rights. WOMEN IN SCHOOLS TORONTO (CP) In a La- bor Canada survey carried out in eight Canadian provinces during 196849, women Were found to constitute 29.5 per cent of teachers and prin- cipals. During the year, there were women teachers in these provinces. By Barnes Calendars Lakeview Home and School will hold a general meeting, open to the public, at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Charles Virtue, chairman of Canada winter .Games will bespeaking on the games for 75 McKHlop United Church UCW will meet as follows: Rosaine, 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the home of Mrs. C. R. Forry, 627 19th St. S.: Liska. 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the home of Mrs. P. R. Liska, 1708 Ashgrove Road; Bevan, a.m. Wednesday, at the home of Mrs. D. L. Petberbridge, 28th Street S., one mile from Scenic Drive; Bastard, 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the home of Mrs. J. F. Mensinger, 42128th St. S.; Reed, 8p.m. Thursday, at the home of Mrs. R. F. Sewers, 2209 26th St. S.; and Carefoot. 8 p.m. Feb. 11, at the home of Mrs. C. C. Vandenbrink. St. Patrick's Club win meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the rectory meeting room. A program is planned and all members are asked to attend. Soutliminster UCW will meet in the church lounge at p.m. Thursday. Friendship Lodge 729 will hold its regular meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the IOOF .Hall. Usual lunch. The homemaker .department of the Centre for Personal and Community Development is seeking volunteers to assist in a program regarding exceptional children and the elderly. For further information, please call the centre at 327-5724. Christian Science will bok) a testimony meeting at p.m. Wednesday hi the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. The Southminster Married Couples Club is holding a Valentine's dance at p.m. Friday at the church hall. Women are asked to bring a box lunch. Everyone welcome. The GalbraiUi Home and School meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Guest speaker Edmund Henderson will talk about the physical education program of the school. 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