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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE inmiRlnr.r HERALD Monday, Fcbrumy 7, Getting ready for the next election Change abortion stand? Changing cue's mind is not only an accupiiibje '.hing: it i.s often a highly dcsiniblc ;iml honorable Ihiiig. The i-ililors of The I'nilctl Church Observer Ihus think a col- lective change of mind on Hie abor- tion issue should he registered at the next meeling of. the church's General Council ihis August In making ihis proposal Ihe edi- tors suggei! tli.-il Ihe diiirch having adopted Ihe position I lull abortion should be ''a private matter be- tween a woman anil her doctor." has to accept some- responsibility for the way in which abortion has become socially and morally accept- able, even a substitute for birth con- trol. Is is rcgre-lfable, of course, if a blase attitude towards abortion is becoming characteristic I although dramatic increases in the number of abortions, legally performed, does not necessarily prove lhat a blase attitude At any rate, a doubt might be permitted aboul Ihe church having much real influence one way or another on a matter such as this. The church, in making its resolu- tions, may have been hooking onto a trend as much as anything. It is certain that the idea of abortion being a matter between a woman and her doclor not one that ori- ginated in the deliberations of Ihe 1971 church council. And if there is a (rend to which Ihe church gave some kind of sanction, the withdraw- ing of the sanction now probably woulcln'l have any more significance than rnntus Pilate's futile attempt lo disassncialc himself from a cru- cifixion long ago. Once (he possibility was mooted that a nullifying pill to be taken af- ler sexual intercourse might be de- veloped, abortion look on the ap- pearance of being I.) n I