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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE IETHBRIDOE HERALD Mny 4, 1972 problem Germany's controversy on abortion satisfies nobody BONN I'iolcnt ft'iili Ualizccl ii !H) LU'OLIplll 110 I ny public lK mcnl. For Ihrtv Assembly's mittt'c (ONiim slyle come one cif debater! pruM [odny. n tons and Koci testify ahnuL own views rl (hat they cn I'; lo Hie politicians. The country remains intense- ly divided on this explosive is- The. (u'o ruling coalition parlies, Ihe Social OcinocraLs find Democrats prodded by ihe majority of women's or- ivt'inl abortion (o leanl diirinfi [he first three months of a pregnancy. The Calhulic ehurch and Ihe bulk [.M. nf the Christian Democrat, op- to rehiin psjsling TiiKiny legislation which penalize abor- tion except in cnses whore tho life of the future mother is in it their Chancellor Will y Brandt's -harply government has found itself In i clear ;i highly uncomfortable dilem- ma on this Issui'. II was an- xious to reform an antiquated law which causes about illegal aborliojb' Jo be perform- ed annually in Germany, but at ihe same time it was afraid of antagonizing Catholics. During reccnl months Justice Minister Gerhard Jahn has [inidmilly watered down what was orig- inally intended ns a bold mea- sure giving German women the right to make their own deci- sion about abortion during the j initial three months of their pregnancy No less than M draft bills' were prepared by Justice Min- j islry officials before Jahn dc-1 clarcd himself satisfied 1-1 i s compromise is rejected by both camps in the abortion battle. What lie proposes is that abor- tion should be legalized in certain restricted circum- stances. Apart from medical grounds he is also prepared to take into account Ihc "present and future life conditions" of the pregnant woman. In three other cases would abortion be authorized during 'he first three months of pregnancy: 1 _ for eugenic reasons when doctors are satisfied that the child would be born malformed or with other serious handicaps. 2 When pregnancies are (lie result of rape. m SIMPSONS-SEARS Don'i be fooled by our low price This beauty lias all t- J the natality features you'll ever need 13.7 cu. ft frostfree Coldspot refrigerator Now Charge ii on lour account White Completely frr.slfrcc. Never needs defrosting, Scpnrak LniHruLs (H'.VM Multi-poM'.-.iii ndjiiitto Ifl positions iiilcniu.-. Twin, NhiistiiiL'-sciila] H'rrclabJc cri.spcrs Porcclain-limiu it keeper bucket, llutki ouupaiinicnl width inieiii'i seal', uiol 'in1 I-Ciig-lilV, in. Ii (I'li-piM niral keeper or adjuilahi.: Aiiliim.ilu: tldroiO We sci-vicc what we sell, coast-to-coast 8.1 cu. ft compact refrigerator Now Only I9W" wide Truc'icrtwonc' freezer Aiilomatic defrost. Interior light. I .urge vegetable crimper Moulded egg rack. Dairy com- partment. .1 slide-out shelves UeaulifulXiloslccl exterior (losls ;i STORE HOURS n 1 urn. 10 p m. Thurs.lny nnd Fridny 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m lm Tolppliono 328.9231 3 In situations of "general distress." Jahn's final draft says [hat abortion will be legal (o avert "serious distress" for the pregnant woman if the dif- ficulties cannot be solved by other means. This clause, Ihe justice min- ister insists, does not mean that abortion will be authorized on account of financial or acconr modation difficulties. Jahn lakes the view thai abortioi cannot be allowed in situations which can he remedied by pub lie or private expenditure. He envisages merely such cases where the husband ma} be mentally sick or where the wife suffers from a severe han dicap such as blindness or acule depression. Another ex ception would be a family where the birth of a baby would hin- der the mother from taking ad- equate care of her other chil- dren. In fact economic reasons are one of the main motives for ah. ortiou. A fasc i n a t i n g study about why German women ter minate their pregnancies was presented at the parliamentary hearings by a leading sociolo- gist. Professor Helge Pross. Her [Mings showed that the lar- gest single group, 25 per cent, resorted to abortion on econo- mic grounds. Women were reluctant lo give up their Jobs for the sake of a child or they explained (hat they lacked the right kind of accommodation to bring up a baby. Twenty per cent of the women cited difficulties with their husbands or lovers. They either feared the birth ot a child would wreck their mar- riage or, if single, they were reluctant to marry the father of the child. In other eases, pro- fessor Pross said, single wo- men were under pressure from their lovers to terminate their pregnancies. Fifteen per cent of Ihose who undergo abortions arc single women coerced by their parents who regard the AHRESTED Albert E. Pass, above, a United Mine Workers Union official, was arrested by FBI agents in Middleshoro, Ky., in connec- tion with the murders of UMW leader Joseph Yablon- ski, his wife and daughter. hlrlh o( an illegitimate child as a disgrace. Bonn's politicians hoping for clear-cut advice the cj; perls during the committee hearings were disappointed by the testimony offered. Most of the gynaecologists appeared lo be against liberalization of ex- isting legislation They seemed to fear that legalized abor lion would become a substitute for contraception. They expected thousands of women thronging clinics to have thtir pregnancies lerminaled. "To undergo an abortion would become as simple as Ihe weekly visits to the hairdresser." one witness said. Others cited ethi- cal objections. Fourteen days after fertilization, at the latest, abortion meant the destruction of "concrete a med- ical expert said. A spokesman for the Catholic church feared reform of the abortion law would lead lo "dis- respect for human life." A Mainz gynaecologist flatly stal- ed that he could offer no biolo- gical juslificalions for what amounted clearly to a political decision. However, a few of the medi- cal experts were willing lo con- cede that the present law had become a farce. Of Ger- man women who have abortions annually, only 700 to 800 are prosecuted. Mosl of them come from the lower income groups. The truth of the situation is that women with money have no trouble about abortions while poorer women still experience considerable difficulties. "With all respect for the em- bryo, we should not neglect our concern for the woman In- said professor Waller Sclmlte, of the Tuebingen Uni- versity Clinic. A group of 51 government MPs have tabled a draft Bill to legalize abortion during the In- itial three months o( preg- nancy. They are very unlikely to succeed. With Ihe opposition set against far reaching re- forms and even doubts Inside the government camp, some supporters of modernized abor- tion legislation see no alterna- tive today but to vote for Jahn's compromise. Germany Is today one of the West European countries where the greatest changes are taking place. Yet society still remains dominated by ancient preju- dices. The majority of Ger- many's women want to have the freedom to make their own choice about pregnancy and birth. Even Chancellor Brandt, wilh his sincere will for genu- ine reforms, can only olfer half- measures because he is unsure of parliamentary support and afraid of offending Catholics. Germanv's abortion controversy is not destined to die down In Lhe foreseeable future. LIKE SECLUSION ZERMATT, Switzerland (Reu- ler) The people of Zcrmatt have launched a petition against a proposed road to link the vil- lage with the rest of Switzerland because they fear the traffic will shatter the peace ot the community at the foot of the Matterhorn peak. Zcrmatt at present is reached only by rail, air or foot. SIMPSONS-SEARS Rushing the season? Not really. Because if you want to enjoy the just-picked goodness of fresh asparagus, strawberries and sweet, juicy peaches during the festive winter holidays, now's the right time to buy your Coldspot freezer. You'll save money too. All summer long you'll be able to buy your foods 'in season', at their lowest prices. So be wise. Budget-wise and capacity-wise, a Coldspolis your best-buy now. Deluxe Coldspot upright freezer Now WHITE Odour-free porcelain interior 553-lb. capacity. Pull-out basket Power-interruption light Grille and door shelves. Can racks. Adjustable cold conlrol Magnetic door closure. 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