Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuejday, May 7, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HEPAID 13 Test-tube babies moratorium urged CHICAGO (AP) The. Jour- nal of the American Medical As- sociation says a moratorium should be declared on experi- ments aimocl at development of "test-tube babies." An editorial in the May 1 issue of the journal says "tho time seems clearly at hand" to declare a moratorium on exper- iments that would attempt to implant into a woman's uterus a human egg which bad boon fer- tilized by human sperm in a test tube. "Representatives of various disciplines should be assembled to discuss once again the thorny issues raised by genetic engi- it recommends. The publication says physi- cians, scientists, philosophers and theologians are concerned with moral, ethical, religious and scientific implications of genetic engineering. They are e s p e c i a 11 y con- cerned, it says, with the growth of fertilized human eggs in test tubes, which has already been achieved, and with cloning, a method of producing off-spring with predetermined traits. No test-tube fetuses have been fully developed, and experi- ments with cloning so far have only been used to reproduce frogs. Experiments in development of test-tube babies are designed to permit women who cnnnot themselves conceive children to have implantations of eggs taken surgically from their bod- ie? and fertilized in test tubes. Such an egg would be brought to term in their bodies and de- livered. It is possible, too, that an egg might be taken from the body of one woman, fertilized, then im- planted in the body of another woman from whom it is not pos- sible to obtain a usable egg These experiments have reached the point where this method of reproduction seems imminent, the editorial says. Those who favor development of test-tube babies defend it on grounds it would permit fulfill- ment of the desire of an infer- tile woman to bear her own child. Opponents say, among other things, that infertility is not a disease and that implantation of a fertilized egg would be treat- ment of a "desire." They also maintain that the method in- volves unethical experimenta- tion on future possible human beings. Cloning in humans still seems to be remote, the editorial says. Cloning involves the substitution of the nucleus of an unfertilized egg of a being of the same spec- ies. Discounting environmental in- fluences, cloning could result in development of individuals iden- tical to the selected donor indi- viduals. FEEL LIKE you're in (he mood for seafood, try some of Margo Oliver's recipes in this Saturday's Weekend Maga- zine. Here's the rundown: Fish Puff, Fish Rolls with Lemon Sauce, Salmon with Cucumber Stuffing, Special Fish Bake, Baked Holibut Steoks, Creamed Kipper with Eggs. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE INSPECTS GUARD F. R. Sharp, DFC, DC, chief of the Defence Staff of Canada, in- spects guard of honor, mounted by the Second Battalion Coldstream Guards, during his visit to the Ministry of Defence in London. Labor crisis hardens 'Pay up' for LONDON1 (AP) A walkout by dock workers brought three major British ports io a stand- still Monday, hardening a crisis between labor and government. Edmonton mill rate goes up EDMONTON (CP) A rec- ommendation for a 1972 prop- erty tax increase of 6.4 or about for the average homeowner is to go before city council Tuesday. Approval would increase the municipal mill rate to 30.9 mills from 24.5 last year. Two thousand dockers at Sou- thampton walked out for 24 hoors to protest fines totalling imposed on their union by the Industrial Relations Court. They also objected to the provisions of the government's new Industrial relations Act. In Liverpool, centre of a dis- pute over containerized ship- ping, dockers took an un- official holiday to mark May Day. Preston docks were made idle by a stoppage of nearly 300 men. The court, set up under the act to rule on industrial rela- tions, has fined the giant Trans- port and General Workers Union for contempt because its members defied an order to stop blocking containers ferried to Liverpool by a hauling com- pany. The Liverpool dock workers refused to handle the containers because they were not loaded or unpacked by registered port workers. FIND BURIAL GROUND EDESSA, Greece (Router) A section of a cemetery dating back to the second century EC has been uncovered here dur- ing excavations for an apart- ment project. Ancient vases and coins are among the finds. OTTAWA (CP) Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien said Monday that when oil com- panies ask the government for permission to build pipelines along the Mackenzie River val- ley, they will be asked to "pay un" for the new Mackenzie highway. He was answering questions in the Commons on Prime Min- ster Trudcau's announcement at Edson, Alta., last week that the new highway will be built and that oil companies will be asked to heln pay for it. the government for permission to build the pipeline1, "we will ask them at that time to pay up for the road." Erik N1 i c 1 s c n said although-the prime minis- ter had announced a new high- Panarctic five times as valuable EDMONTON (CP) -The Robert Thompson j federal government could sell Deor'i had asked if the fact that j its interest in the petroleum the oil companies will be asked i consortium, Panarctic, for five to share the cost means that t times the origins! investment, federal studies have shown that i Arthur Laing, minister of vet- the Mackenzie pipeline route is erans' affairs, said here, feasible. i He said Ottawa invested T. C. Douglas million in the consortium which mo-Cowichen-The was formed to explore for oil asked what percentage the oil j and gas in the north and could primary benefi-1 sell its interest now for 5175 ciares of the million, pay? "But we aren't going to do Mr. Chretien said the question it." is hypothetical because it is not; Mr. Laing was responsible yet known whether a pipeline for the government's decision, will be built. when Lester Pearson w a s He said it was anile simple, prime minister, to invest in When the companies came to way, construction had jicturdly begun last year. He asked Mr. Chretien whether the government has had talks with Northwest Terri- tories Indians about treaty land rights. The minister said he has al- ready met the Indians and they are not as yet ready to discuss settlement of their treaty rights. He said the Indians had been asked to meet with the commis- sioner of the territories, S. M. Hodgson. He said the new highway will help rather than Under the Indi- ans because it will take them out of their isolation. 100 Copies S3.30 plus tex Itstant Prints Copy Div. 1269 An. 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