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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Widntsdny, July 28, 1971 THE IETHBRIDOE HERALD 41 California creates its first frozen sperm bank Some sterilized men trying to hedge on bets By CHARLES FOLEY London Observer Service SAN FRANCISCO A rec- ord total of men under- went voluntary sterilization in the United States last year but some are trying to hedge their bets. To cater for them California is creating its first frozen sperm bank, kept under heavy security at an isolated desert stronghold in Nevada. Pioneering the brave new ex- periment is Robert R. Quinlan Jr., a San Francisco socialite who foresees a multi-million dollar business in the growing trend towafds sterilization in the cause of zero population growth. "Three million men in the U.S. have had vasectomies says Mr. Quinlan, "and in four years time that figure is expected to double. It is only natural for people to want to store theii' sperm if they can." Robert Quinlan is 31, a law research specialist from an old San Francisco family held lo- cally in high regard. His scheme gets under way this month, with frozen sperm be- ing stored temporarily at an unnamed city hospital. At a Los Angeles clinic which performs vasectomies, of the men who underwent the operation said they would store their semen if they had the op- portunity. They could have been worth to the en- terprising Mr. Quinlan, who will charge for the initial collection and freezing process, plus annually for storage. The vital equipment has been purchased. I consists of a vat of liquid nitrogen and some ampoules for the sperm, which will be stored in plastic racks at a temperature of 350 de- grees below zero. Quinlan's firm is called the Chartered International Cryo- bank, and it is incorporated. (Cryogenics is the science of low temperature phenomena.) He has plans to store semen at [our separate clinics in Califor- nia during the first year of op- eration. By that time his Nevada fortress should be ready. The rush to vasectomy has startled even the Association for Voluntary Sterilization, which began it all. "For years we had been estimating vasectomies annually. Then suddenly the figure shot up to says Courtland Hust- ings, field director of the organ- ization. "It's harB to believe." The figures come from the National Disease and Thera- peutic Index, which surveys hospital and doctors' records They show an enormous swing away from sterilization of wo- men, who have borne most of the responsibility in the past "Men are taking it on them- says Hastings, "and we're glad to see it." His association gives away small gold lapel pms bearing .he male symbol of a circle and an arrow, but with the cir- cle broken to indicate the vas- eclomy. "We cannot get enough of says Mr. Hastings. "The men are really proud of themselves they grab these pins." Unsterilized himself. Mr. Hastings once wore a pin by way of advertisement. But Dr. Paul Ehrlich. the founder of Zero Population, told him they should be reserved exclusively for men who have been through the operation. Ehrlich has. He has long promoted voluntary sterilization as "the best means of conservation open to us." Dr. Ehrlich says that anyone who considers himself a con- servationist must stop having children: "The species we are trying to conserve now is the human species and, ironically, the only hope we have is by re- ducing the number of human jeings on the spaceship earth." The vasectomy operation, which he sees as the best means of doing this, does not remove any organ or interfere with a man's normal sex life. The 15-minutfi procedure is us- ually performed in a doctor's office. Two tiny incisions are made on each side of the scro- tum and a pair of small sperm- carrying tubes are tied off. If more people are a real threat to mankind's survival, who needs frozen sperm banks? 'You cannot take this right away from a man." says Robert Quinlan. "Besides, it might help to preserve the raco in a nuclear war. Scientists have experimented successfully with frozen sperm. Los Angeles physician Dr. Ed- ward Tyler announced recently that 68 children had been born to Californian mothers by thta method, including one infant to a soldier who wanted his wife to have a baby while he was serving in Vietnam. Mr. Quinlan says the Idea was first thought of in 1886, by Italian scientists. "Before that, the Arabs are believed to have been the first people to practise artificial insemination. They impregnated their enemies' mares with semen from the worst stallion around." The ultfa-secure desert hide- out of the Quinlan sperm bank will be far from earthquake zones, tended by strictly- screened personnel and guard- ed by dogs, armed men and electronic screens. The walls oJ the central bank will be three feat thick. "Thieves might break In." says Mr. Quinlan. "They might attempt to extort money from one of the donors." SMARTY The sight of the bewhiskered sea otter in the kelp beds of Cannery Row in a popular one for binocular-toting visitors to Monterey, Calif. Here he illus- trates his ingenuity, rolling himself up in kelp to provide anchor while he sleeps or merely takes a rest.___________ Union Stockyards to close up shop EATON'S1 THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY Warehouse Store Hours During This Sale 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, m. to p.m. Saturday. Open During the Noon Hour CHICAGO (AP) Chicago's historic Union Stockyards, a major arm of the United States livestock industry for more than a century, will go, out of busi- ness Saturday. No special events have been planned for the demise of the 345-acre tract on the South Side, once a maze of animal pens and slaughterhouses which in recent years has become only a ghost of its former bustling self. Only July 31, for the first time in 105 years, the stockyards will stand empty of livestock. Pack- ing plants' arc being moved closer to farms and cattle ranches. The Union Stock Yards and Transit Co., owner of the yards, cited a steady dwindling of live- stock receipts in recent years as the reason for its decision to close the yards. The company said operation of the facility no longer is profitable. Only cattle have been traded in the yards in recent months and the total number bought and sold has decreased to fewer than a week, far under the number traded in former years. Thfl stockyards discontinued handling cf hogs in May, 1970, because of declining receipts. Sheep receipts have been only nominal in recent years. Charles S. Potter, president of the stockyards company, said cattle receipts have decreased from head in 1959 to around head last year, with the decline continuing. In its iwak year, 1924, more .ban 18.6 million head of cattle, logs and sheep were sold in the yards. Caught in the decision to close ;he yards were about SO com- mission firms who are members of the Chicago Livestock Ex- change. They represent buyers and sellers in livestock transac- tions in the yards. Originally, the company had planned to go out of business Feb. 1. The Livestock Ex- changes filed suit to compel the company to continue operations until alternate facilities could be established. Under orders of the U.S. Dis- trict Court an agreement was worked out whereby those inter- ested in maintaining trading agreed to pay a day for expenses until Aug. 1. This week members of the ex- change announced formation of the Chicago-Joliet Livestock Marketing Centre to replace the Chicago yards. Harlan Bane, president of the marketing centre, said it will be ready for operation in tempo- rary facilities on the site near Joliet, 35 miles southwest of Chicago, on Monday, Aug. 2. Apollo sidelights CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) After Apollo 15, two more flights will conclude man's first moon-landing program. Apollo 1C is scheduled for launching next March, with as- tronauts John W. Young, Thomas Maltingly and Charlfs M. Duke aboard. Apollo 17, set [or launching in December. 1972, is expscted to be commanded by astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, but the crew has not been announced. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP] The Apollo 15 astronauts plan to bring back to earth about 250 pounds of moon rocks and sur- face material, more than the total amount returned by three earlier moon landing crews and Russia's unmanned Luna 16. The Apollo and 14 crews collected 214 pounds. Luna 16 scooped up about three ounces of loose material. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) Embla7.oned on the spacesuit of each Apollo 15 astronaut is a red, white and blue emblem de- signed by Italian couturier Emi- lio Pucci. The circular patch shows three boomerang-shaped objects flying in formation above a drawing of the moon region where astronauts David R. Scott nnd James B. Irwin plan to land. Scott reported he met Pncci in France last year "and some- haw the conv.or.salion got around to our emblem." "I mentioned that selecting an appropriate design was difficult. He said he wanted to help." Pucei, reached by phone in Florence, Italy, said: '-'The insignia reprerenls the three astronauts, Scott. Worden and Irwin, flying in formation in space. 1 wanted to give the feel- ing of motion as they moved through feeling of an object moving in space in a streamlined capsule CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) Apollo 15 astronaut James B. Irwin will leave the driving to David R. Scott when they prowl over the moon's surface in their four-wheeled lunar buggy. "He's in the driver's seat, the left seat, and the rover is optim- ized for operation front that pos- Jrwii said. "I can drive it from the right-hand seat, but I guess the only way I'll get a chance is if his arm gets tired or he falls asleeo." Breaks leg BARNWELL (HNS) Mark Johnson of Barnwcll suffered a broken leg and cuts and bruises when IK was struck by a car at the intersection a mile west of Bamwcll. He is recu- perating in hospital at Tabcr. FIRST TIME Man saw the far1 side of the moon for the first time on the Apollo B mission in December, 11968 Vacation Special! Hardtop Compact Camper Trailer Two bed models. Regular 599.00. SALE SPECIALS FURNITURE SAVE 50.00 Right in time for summer fun and at low, low sale prices. Features fold-away step. Fully screened. Easily assem- Super Special! Teens', Junior Miss Panti Hose Regular 99c to 1.29 Teen's, Jr. Miss panti hose In sheer seam- less mesh nude heel. Sized for petile, prs- teen and Jr. miss. For slender leg. New longer legs for shorter skirts. Size A-60 to 95 Ibs. and B-95 to 125 Ibs. Miel Dore, Silverjaupe, Tropical Sun, Spice. SUPER SPECIAL, each 29 BEDDING SWIVEL ROCKER. Wang back rocker with valance In nylon Fabric finish. 1 only in Gold. CQ EQ 2 only in-Green. 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