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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THFLETHBHIDQE HERALD Friday, January 17, Widely-used tranquilizer may be another thalidomide Women's advisory council condemns federal government By JUDITH RANDAL Washington Star-News WASHINGTON-A team of doctors at the university of Rochester School of Medicine reports that a tranquilizer widely used in the treatment of severe mental illness may be another thalidomide a drug that causes infants to be malformed if taken by their mothers in early pregnancy. In an article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Drs. Arthur E. Kopelman, Frank W. McCullar and Lucille Heggeness describe a case in which a woman treated with haloperidol during the 25th to 37th day of pregnancy gave birth to a boy whose hands, right foot and left arm were deformed. Although the authors are careful to point out that the evidence is not air tight since the mother was also getting other medications at the time she was taking the tranquilizer, they also report that European studies have shown that haloperidol has -The Herald- Family adverse effects on animal fetuses similar to those of thalidomide. In addition, they recall that another severely malformed baby was born in France to a woman who had been taking both haliperidol and other drugs from the 28th to the 38th day of her pregnancy in 1966. "We think these two cases in humans, together with results from animal studies suggest that haliperidol may be teratogenic (capable of causing defprmaities) in humans." In a comment accompany- ing the article, Dr. John D. Archer, a senior editor of J.A.M.A., urges doctors not to prescribe haliperidol for women who may be pregnant since "the critical period for limb development" occurs in the fourth to seventh weeks after a baby is conceived. This, however presents doc- tors and patients with a perplexing problem since limb formation takes place so early in pregnancy that damage to the developing in- fant is possible before anyone is aware that a woman has conceived. While the case against the tranquilizer is "preliminary and he writes, .'prudence requires that the profession be so in- formed." Archer also calls on doctors who may have knowledge of other such in- stances to make their ex- perience known. FOR POTTED prices) DAN'S GREENHOUSES mile east of stockyards Human rights legislation demanded VANCOUVER (CP) The Canadian government has produced nothing but "ineffec- tual promises" on human rights legis'ation, the Federal Advisory Council on the Status of Women has charged. The 30 member council sent a telegram to Health and Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde, who is responsible for the status of women, demanding immediate introduction of human rights legislation. "The ACSW strongly condemns the federal government for its inaction on human rights says the telegram. "As early as July 1973, this legislation was clearly identified as the ACSW priority and in December, 1973, cabinet approval was announced." At the end of its three day meeting, the ACSW said the only human rights legislation passed since the council was established by the government in 1973 is legislation providing payment of Canada Pension Plan benefits to widowers. Previously, widows only received benefits built up by their spouses. Dr. Katie Cooke, chairman of the ACSW, said: "I think it's an absolute disgrace over two years is too long to take to put principles into action." She said the council wants to see an equitable distribution of the approximately 50 federal deputy ministers' posts. At present, there is only one woman at the deputy minister level. Asked if Canada should follow the example of France which has a minister solely responsible for the status of women, Dr. Cooke said she didn't think that would necessarily be a good solution for Canada. She said such a minister would have to be a fulltime member of the cabinet to have any usefulness. In France, she said, the minister attends only cabinet meetings pertaining directly to women's rights. Dr. Cooke said she didn't know whether a cabinet minister responsible for the status of women should be a woman. Men have passed dis- criminatory legislation, let them fix it, she said. The ACSW recommended that the government change legisla- tion dealing with citizenship, passports, family court and the sharing of Canada Pension Plan benefits by husbands and wives. A Canadian mother should be entitled to confer her citizenship on her children, Dr. Cooke said. Presently only fathers can confer Canadian citizenship. Passport applications require that women give information about marital status asking about past, present or deceased husbands but men are not ask- ed such questions about their marital status. If it is valid information for women, then it is valid for men also, said the council. On Tuesday, the council recommended that Canada Pen- sion Plan credits be split 50 50 between marriage partners, whether one or both works and contributes to the plan. The council also recommended that federal and provincial governments accept the principle of unifying family court services. British Columbia operates the only unified court project in Canada. The project, in Surrey and Delta on the B.C. lower mainland, uses both provincial and supreme court judges. The ACSW said Wednesday it has heard that the Ministry of Transport plans to introduce amendments to the Aeronautics Act designed to prevent flight attendants from working after they are months pregnant The ACSW said it strongly recommended to Mr. Lalonde that he prevent such legislation from being introduced because it "would be a contravention of (he government's own labor code and would be in direct opposition to the government's stated inten- tion of eliminating sex dis- crimination from Canadian society. The federal Department of Labor has said it will take Pacific Western Airlines to court for laying off two North Van- couver women at the end of their third month of pregnancy. WEEKEND SPECIAL! NOW dial anyone in Alberta for fifty cents or less Friday midnight to 6 a.m. Monday FRIDAY MIDNIGHT... That's when you can start saving. Now.this special low rate lasts weekend. Dial direct to any place in Alberta, for hall a buck or less for your first three minutes. If you don't yet have Direct Distance Dialing, phone station-to-station for the same low rate. ...TO 6A.M. MONDAY Fifty-four continuous hours of savings day or night! all the people who would like to hear your voice. somebody! Phone this weekend anywhere in Alberta for half a buck or less. REMEMBER DIAL DIRECT if you live in a ODD areatlf you don't live in a ODD area, ask your Long Distance Operator to place your calls station-to-station special rate does not apply to other types of calls. Special 6-month rate plan to April Keeps you in touch with a bargain Community calendar The annual luncheon meeting of the Lethbridge Auxiliary to Shrine Hospitals for Crippled Children will be held at p.m. Tuesday at Ericksen's. Landers Southminster circle square dance club will hold the regular dance at p.m. Saturday in Southminster Hall. All square dancers welcome. Regular lunch. The annual meeting of the Women's Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital will be held at p.m. Mon- day in the hospital lounge. Dessert will follow the meeting. Annual reports will be given followed by installa- tion of officers. The Oldman River Potters' Guild, Bowman Arts Centre, has openings for a few more beginners in its classes, starting Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The Writers Workshop will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Golden Mile Centre. The Navy League Cadet Corps, Lethbridge, will parade from a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ship, Ipth Avenue and 17th Street S. Lieut. R. Williams, com- manding officer of RCSCC Chinook, will inspect the Ship's company. Recruiting for boys, aged 11 and 12 years, will take place. The Lethbridge Scouters Club will hold the monthly meeting at p.m. Monday in St. Basil's Church basement, 13th Street and 6th Avenue N. All interested Scouters welcome. For further information call 328- 1993. Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Next week: Monday: Keep-fit 10 a.m. Tuesday: Singing 10 a.m. Dancing 2 p.m. Friday: Leathercraft p.m. Noteworthy: The 1975 memberships are available at the office. The centre is continuing a daily phone service for shut-in or lonely people. This service is free; phone 327-6401. A busload of members spent an enjoyable day at Cutbank recently as guests of the Cut- bank senior citizens. LABOR TROUBLE HALIFAX (CP) Brian Cooper of Peterborough, Ont., president of the Canadian Restaurant Association, said in an interview here that by next year one of every three meals will be eaten in a restaurant. But because of the unavailability of restaurant labor, the business will be hard-pressed to meet the demand. Dear Ann Landers: A love- starved divorcee attempted or, more accurately, pretend- ed to attempt suicide to get attention from my husband, on whom she has a heavy crush. (He is an internist.) She swallowed a half bottle of sleeping pills and telephoned our home during dinner, told him what she had done and an- nounced, "I have nothing to live for." I think if she had really meant to kill herself she would have taken twice as many pills and not telephoned anyone. My husband rushed to this nut's home (not far from here) and drove her to the emergency room of the hospital and had her stomach pumped. Of course, she was delighted with the attention. Last Friday she phoned at midnight with the same story, but my husband was out on an emergency so I called the Police Rescue Squad and ask- ed them to go over and get her and take her to the hospital. The next day, all hell broke loose. The woman threatened to sue me for humiliating her and embroiling her in "bad publicity." My husband says I should have phoned another physician. He feels sorry for the woman. Any advice for anybody? Muddled Min Dear Min: That lady needs another doctor all right a psychiatrist. And your hus- band should inform her that she is no longer his patient. A physician who permits such dependency is actually en- couraging the patient, whether he realizes it or not.' This is not ethical medicine. Dear Ann Landers: Thank you for publishing the at- torney's letter relating to the indifference of young kids to- day towards the elders in the family circle. I'm in the same boat. I have an estate worth about and no one to leave it to. Oh, there are a flock of grand- nieces and nephews, and when they were children their parents brought them over to visit regularly. But now that they are in their late teens and early 20s they don't even drop in to say hello. I am retired, living on com- bined social security and com- pany pension which comes to about a month. The house is worth about paid for. So who gets the boodle? The Society for Blind Mice, as far as I'm concerned. A year ago one of my nieces came in to borrow something. I jokingly asked, "Why don't you come more often and maybe wash some windows? The house will be yours one day." (I had her earmarked for and tried to give her a hint.) She smiled and said nothing. I haven't seen her since. Incidentally, she lives six miles from here. Funny, isn't it? Dear Unk: Yeah but not very. If nobody shapes up soon, forget about the Blind Mice. I know of an organiza- tion called Dialogue Publications, Inc. It's for blind people. They do a marvelous job of distributing talking records and helping the sightless in a variety of ways. Confidential to What Should I The plain, unvarnish- ed truth is always better than any polished lie. You'll be glad you leveled. First woman accepted into Blood's male society STANDOFF Male domination of the Blood band's largest social organiza- tion has been broken with the recent induction of a woman into the Magpie Society. The 160 member society, started 27 years ago by former Blood chief Rufus Goodstriker, accepted Rose Yellow Feet, 44, into the all- male group at its annual New Year's Eve gathering at Senator Gladstone Hall. Also accepted into the socie- ty were: Leroy Heavy Runner, Alex Hunt Sr., James Goodstriker, Ben Red Crow, Randy First Rider, Darryle MacDonald and elders Charlie Eaglespeaker and Larry Plume. PUBLIC BINGO -18 GAMES BLACKOUT (Pltyid Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upiteltt) EVEHYTHUHS.-8l.iH, CASH BINGO HALL Cor- 13 8t- North FRIDAY, JANUARY 17th-8 P.M. 4th Mh in 7 Numbwt 12th Gim. 5 CARDS FOR OR EACH LUCKY NUMBER DRAW WORTH J8 WEEKLY DRAW WORTH 1 FRH QAMES DOOR PRIZE rtnm II Yon MM AHawM T. JASIL't MEN'S CLUP ;