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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta j THE lETHnnlOCii IIERAID Saturday, Novonlbsr 14, 1978 DOWNTOWN Pre- DURING THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESSMEN'S ASSN. ONE ORANGUTAN'S OPINION Joe, an orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo, expres- ses the simian view of society for what must have been a rather startled photographer. Pollution-free engine invented by Belgian Number doubling each year in British Columbia Increasing rate for vasectomies By ARNIB HAKALA Canailian Press Staff Writer There may be moral, ethical, emotional, religious, physical and persona! reasons against vasectomies, but as a form of male sterilization this operation being performed at an in- idbuig rate by Canadian doc- (ot t. In fact, authorities hi British Columbia say the number is doubling each year in that proiince. And in Toronto, one doctoi says the demand is so groat that he has a backlog of 200. The surgical procedure is re- latively simple, explained med- icallv as the excision or ing off of the vas defcreu.s, the sperm-carrying duct. Among those interviewed in a Crass-Canada Survey by T-h e Canadian Press was a 29-year- old Ontario man who explained why he and his wife agreed on the operation. "My wife and I talked to our family doctor because we felt our family of four children was adequate and because we were concerned about the bad publi- city given to birth control pills. "We decided that if I took a vasectomy it would be the easiest way out. Our doctor prescribed a urologist and the operation was performed in his office." He said Uie operation, on a Satuiday, took about 30 min- utes, and he was back to work Monday. "The Ontario Hospital Ser- vices Insurance Plan paid of the the doctor charged. The total cost to me, after three semen tests, mil be Doctors are quick ti explain that vasectomies in no way dis- turb sexual intercourse. Although there are no spe- cific regulations cowering va- sectomies in any Canadian province, there is a possibility ;hat they are illegal under the operation is possible, but re- quires "skUled surgery." At the same time, Dr. Ler- iche, who has studied birth co- trol practices in India, said the vascetomy" b a good form of control because it requires less surgery than a similar opera- lion performer on a woman. lie estimated that BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) Felix Grissard has Invented what he says is m automobile engine that is almost noiseless and practically pollution-free. He got the idea while repairing bis wife's vacuum cleaner. The engine is a cylinder with a fan at one end and a piston at the other. "The suction created by the ventilator attracts the piston toward ity while the pis- ton is attracted in the other direction by a system of mag- Grissard explained. "The force of attraction of this system is equal in strength and in speed to that of the suc- tion of the ventilator. This makes the whole assembly move forward just by the de- pression created behind the pis- ton, combined with the inertia qt the vehicle. "But bear !a mind that the, nearly no noise and unexpected power is not transmitted to the wheels In any way. This is very important. To make the vehicle move in the other direction, just smoothness of operation, "From the social angle, It would also help solve the wide- ly-discussed problem of pollu- reverse the ventilator. If tion. It does not use any fuel want to accelerate, increase the speed of the ventilator." Grissard, who lives on an old- age pension, built a miniature version of the motor tat said he hopes to build a larger one soon and attach it to a bicycle frame alop a four-wheeled platform Ap it needs is fresh air and a little electricity." MacEachen off job OTTAWA (CP) Privy Coun- President AUan MacEacheo He said the contraption's top wjj] be away from his job as speed would be about 20 miles government House leader for an hour. about two weeks, an aide said "It really is quite simple, and I today. it has the kind of advantages motorists have been wanting for he said. "With practi- cally no moving parts, there is none of the usual wear and tear, Mr. MacEachen entered pital Wednesday for what was described as a minor operation which had been planned for some tiitio. !SAVE AT CAMM'Si OUR ENTIRE SELECTION OF 14" and 16" SNOW BOOTS The Very Newest Just Arrived 100% Fully Borg Lined GLOVE LEATHERS WET LOOKS EXAMPLE OF THE SAVINGS; Regular 24.00, 20% Off. NOW ffil MnowNTowro OPEN THUR5. AND FRI. UNTIt ?.M. PHONE 327-3050 CAMM'S Sth STREET S. SHOES letter of the law. A spokesman for the Cana- dian Medical Association said that to his knowledge the med- ical acts of eadi province spe- cify that surgical procedures shall be dona for the "medical1' benefit of Hie individual on whom ttie surgery is perform- ed. In this context, a vasectomy may be thought of as "social" surgery which does not benefit the physical health of the pa- tient. The QMAs council on com- munity health care is studying the question. "We're trying to get the sit- uation clarified before we enc up in the fire, OMA spokes- man said. If vasectomies are found to be illegal operations, he said the CMA will attempt to gel legislation modified. There is also some question as to whether the operation is reversible. In Edmonton, at the Driver sity Hospital, the authorization used states: "I understand that following the negative sperm test follow ing the operation I will be per- manently sterile." However, while there were no Canadian examples of a re- verse operation to make a man fertile, Dr. Harding Leriche o! the University of Toronto's school of hygiene said such an sectomies have been performed in India to combat an economic condition which has been com- pounded because of a growing population. In Canada, the operation is generally accepted in all hospi- tals except those operated by the Roman Catholic Church. As examples, in Montreal St. Mary's and Notre Dame hospitals oppose vasec- A spokesman for St. Mary's said tile question of such oper- ations has not been put before the board, but persons seekuig such an operation probably would not approach that psr- .icular hospital. Dr. Jean-Paul Brault of Motre Dame stated clearly that for religious reasons vasec- :omies are not performed in bis hospital. Cost of the operation ranges from S-10 in some parts of Ca- to in others. Gen- erally, insurance plans cover a good part of the cost. PROVINCE WON'T PAY One exception is hi New Brunswick, where the only form or provincial regulation is that the hospital services in- irance plan does not tacliKte payment for hospital accommo- Mion of such patients. In a great number of cases, the operation is performed in a doctor's office which is equipped to handle the minor surgery. Dr. J. Graham. Clarkson, de- puty minister of health and welfare in New Brunswick, said there has been no decision as lo whether vasectomies will be .ncluded among services in the medical care Insurance plan scheduled to start Jan. 1. He said the operation may be done in hospitals on then- own responsibility. Dr. J. K. Sullivan, a Saint John urologist, noted that the operation was "most uncom- mon until recently." "It can be done without dif- ficulty hi a doctor's office but would be more convenient in a. hospital out-patient depart- he said. The average age of men re- duesting the operation seems to he somewhere between 30 and 40, but British Columbia authorities have the age down to decimals 37.0394, based on cases. In Nova Scotia, a spokesman for the Medical Society said the average age in that prov- ice is in the late 30s or early 40s. He added: "requests have zoomed m the past tour or five months but there's no way to gauge it on a provincial scale. An Ottawa doctor who per- forms the operation said his patients "several hundrec in the last few years have ranged in age from 21 to 55, FIGURES UNAVAILABE As for the number of vasec- tomies performed in Canada during 1970 or any previous year, figures are not available. The only count taken was in British' Columbia, where the medical plan paid doctors for vasectomies in 1969. B.C. figures are not. yet available for 19TO, but doctors in the province say they will not be surprised if there are more than For various views on the op- eration, various provincial au- thorities made the followig comments: Newfoundland: Health Min- ister Edward Roberts said the operation is regarded as being similar to a hysterectomy in that it is between the doctor and Uie patient to decide. Nova Scotia: Halifax Infir- mary, run by the Sisters of Charity, has a medical-moral committee which examines re- quests for vasectomies. There las only been one request, and it was turned down for undis- closed reasons. Doctors say the rend is to have the operations done in clinics but the decision is up to the individual doctor. Quebec: A spokesman for the Royal Victoria Hospital m Mon- real said it has had a tremen- dous demand for such opera- .ions, Jewish General Hospital ;here- said it is setting up a spe- cial clinic to perform vasec- ATTITUDES CHANGING Dr. Clarence Schniederman, chief of the urology department at Jewish General said: "In the last few years there has been a complete change in attitude in medical profession and gen- eral public regarding family planning. "Soon, under new codes, a .ypical case to be dealt with will be a couple with six or MEN'S AND LADIiS' WATCHES by Cardinal, Walfham, Rolex 17 fully jewelled iover movement PRICED FROM UP M SURE TO VISIT THS IRRESISTIBLE ROOM FOR MANY MORE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS SANDY'S JEWELLERY D.B.A. MWIDSR Upstairs at 304 Sth Si.. Phone 327-463I church frowns on the operation because of its opposition to "ar- tificial" means si birth control. But a hospital operated by the Salvation Army in Ottawa established a policy in Septem- ber that its facilities are avail- able for performing vnsec- tomies. The hospital requires only a consent form be signed by both the patient and wife, 'and that the doctor is willing. Families generally seem to approach family physicians rather than hospitals and clin- ics when it comes to discussing vasectomies. Huguette Petruk, informa- tion director for the Ottawa Social Planning Council, said "it's only a feeling" but most men approaching the council appear to be from the upper middle class and have two or three children. Volume of re- quests was increasing. COULD BE PERMANENT A member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Toron- to said many Canadian doctors still refuse to perform the op- eration although it is perhaps the test method of birth con- trol from the woman's point of view. Manitoba: A spokesman for the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Medical Association said: "The rules suggest sitting down with both partners and making it clear that steriliza- tion could be of a permanent nature.' Saskatchewan: Dr. Paul Good, president of the Saskat- chewan Medical Association, said doctors generally feel that a patient has the right to de- cide the fate of his own body, although doctors always em- seven children in which the mother, after trying the pill and ultra-uterine devices with- out success, fears another preg- nancy to ths point where she is afraid of sex and becomes frigid." Ontario: A spokesman for an Ottawa hospital operated by Roman Catholic nuns said the phasize that the not reversible. operation "It's usually done towards the completion of the age where people want to have a new family. A. C. Westcott, associate de- puty minister of the operations division of the Saskatchewan welfare department: "I hanest to God have never even across it. Up until a little white ago, even birth control was no-no." TKEND !S RISING Alberta: Dr. K. L. McBnde, a gynecologist doing a study on abortions and female steriliza- tions for the Alberta Medical Association, said several hospi- tals do not perform vasec- tomies mainly Roman Cath- olic hospitals on religious grounds. He said there is a rising trend in a age group between 25 and 38. Dr. John Reid, medical direc- tor of University Hospital, Ed- monton, said vaseclomies are usually done in the out-patient department of ths hospital and that the hospital requires a sec- ond opinion from another doc- tor as well as authirization from the patient and, if he is married, from his wife. British Columbia: The Fam- ily Planning Association of Vancouver said it has made up a list of doctors who do vasec- tomies in Vancouver and is col- lecting similar information for the rsst of the province. He- quests are referred to doctors who will perform the operation. 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