Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHMIDGE HEUALD Friday, Navimbir 17, 197] Tragedy pays another call: Kim Phuc's home destroyed TRANG BANG (AP) Misfortune lias paid another call on Phan Thi Kim Phuc and her family in the hard- luck South Vietnam town of Trang Bang. Last June 8, a misdirected napalm strike by a South Vietnamese bomber cost Ihe life of Kim Phuc's little brother and sent her running down a highway, naked and screaming in pain. Her phoo- graph was published around the world. After months in a Saigon htspital where she underwent special treatment for h c r burns, nine-year-old Kim Phuc was reunited with her family. Two weeks ago, the war came again to Trang Bang. Two platoons of North Viet- namese troops slipped into the town, 25 miles northwest of Saigon, occupied its east- ern quarter and dug in for a fight. I Wee Whimsy The townspeople, heeding the lesson learned in June, fled down the highway to sa- fer places and waited while South Vietnamese troops went after the Communists. When Kim Phuc and her parents returned last week, they found their home de- stroyed. What was once a handsome tile-roofed house was in ruins and the fruit trees were dead. The destruction apparently was wrought by more air strikes, directed against Norh Vietnamese bunkers that had been dug in the fam- ily's back yard. "I wish peace would come said Kim Phuc's fa- ther, Phan Thanh Tung, "so that we and our neighbors can live and work quietly again." He talks freely about what the last six months has dead son, a scarred daugher, a destroyed home and unemployment for himself. NOT BITTER But he sees hopeful sym- bolism in the family's unda- maged altar and is not bitter. He smiles easily, and invites visitors to have tea and to join the family's simple mid- day meal. As with dozens of other families, tlie rebuilding has begun for his family. New corrugated tin sheeting pro- vides a roof. The dead trees being cut up for firewood, and the zigiag North Viet- namese bunkers are being filled in to make room for a new vegetable patch. Kim Phuc's school will re- open next week, after having been closed because of the fighting. Meanwhile, she makes periodic return visits to the American-run bum clinic in Saigon for followup treatment. Do-it-yourselfism spreads to divorce HISTORICAL PRESENTATION-A biography of Charles Ora Card, well-known Mormon settler in southern Al- bfrrta, has been donated to the University of Lethbridge library by the Card family. The presentation was mode by the lale Mr. Cord's daughter-in-law, 83-year-old Mrs. Joseph Card of Lethbridge, left, to Don Wick, chief lib- rarian at the universily. -Rick Ervin, pholo Seducer kisses and tells Abortion trial arouses French LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Campus Corner By CATHY de JONG CCHS Once again we're into the all brand new, but ready to go on the 24th too, against Card- cold season, which, for basket- ball lovers can mean only one thing lots of basketball games! Already, coaches at CCHS, and probably at LCI and Winston Churchill, are begin- ning their long and tiring but worthwhile practices: Coach Dahl with his A boys, Coach SUvich -with his B girls, and Coach Mellon with his B Fly- ers. On Nov. 1, the girls be- gan their tryouts, when 18 showed up for practice, but the special 11 have been picked and are ready and rarin' to go their first game is on Nov. 24 against the LCI Clipper Queens at the civic centre; and the coach says they have a fine chance of winning a "few" games. Coach Dahl is getting all brushed up for the upcoming tournament in Magrath on Nov. 24, along with Coach Mellon, who is running his Grade 10 Flyers long and hard. They're Meanwhile, events in the near past included last Friday's Roaring Fifties Carnival and Dance, with the Tamarax play- ing, In which a Miss CCHS pa- geant was held. The final re- sults left Alyce Snyder as Miss CCHS and Rita di Hocco as first runner up. Congrats to both. Preceding this, Friday was called Greaseball Day, and there's hardly a need to explain j The touching details of the the goings on. Before have drawn special atten- By FLORA LEWIS I New York Times Service PARIS Luminaries of France's intellectual galaxy paraded through the dreary suburban courtroom at Bobig- ny this week to testify on be- half of a subway worker in the [rial that is currently stirring France The charge is complicity in procuring an abortion. The main defendant is Mrs. Mich- elle Chevalier, the daughter of an unwed mother and the as- serted mother of three girls, who was unwilling to oblige her 16-year-old daughter, Marie- Claire, to continue the pattern into a third generation. But, in effect, it is France's 1 2 year old abortion law that is in the dock, a judgment so momentous that although the trial has ended, the judge has announced he will take two more weeks to consider his de- cision. Jacques Monod, Nobel prize- winner in medicine and direc- tor of the Pasteur Institute, told the court that he had given Madame Chevalier francs to reimburse her. Had he known of the case in tune, he said, he would have ar- ranged and paid for the oper- ation in much better circum- stances, which would have made him an accomplice too. noon, I think almost everyone had been greased, (Brylcreem and the likes) both junior and senior high. Coming up this Friday, there's a skating party and hockey games but unfor- tunately they're open only to CCHS members. Also, plans for the tri-school dance at Winston Churchill are well on their way, and details should be definite tion. The 19-year-old boy who seduced Marie Claire de- nounced her to the police as having undergone an abortion when he was arrested later for theft. The gin, now 17, was tried last month. Charges were dismissed after street demon- strations by population control and women's liberation groups. In the new trial, the defend- ants are Marie-Claire's moth- er, who earns a month working in the subway, two of her friends, and the "angel- as the French call abortionists. Mrs. Chevalier said she could not find a doctor to perform the operation for under ?900, a sum beyond her dreams; nor could she send her child to England or Switzerland, a cus- tom here now. Her friends help- ed her find a woman who charged 5240 but did the job so badly that Marie-Claire nearly bled to death before emergency hospital treatment saved her. The doctors said nothing about the cause of her hemor- rhage. She was arrested later on the lip from her erstwhile boyfriend- The case has stirred the con- science of modern France. Writer Simone de Beauvoir ap- peared to testify, saying she would provide money, aci- dresses, and open her home to women requiring an abortion. Prof. Paul Milliez, dean of the medical faculty at Broussais Hospital, appeared to say that he was Catholic, the father of six children, and deeply against abortion as anything but a last resort. But, he said, "the law pro- vides for abortions on medical grounds. It must also provide or social abortions. This is a candalous story I have never heard of a rich woman vho couldn't get an abortion, lie poor ones, I've seen them die." Mrs. Sausset, the delendant who provided the link to the abortionist, testified that she vas abandoned by her mother at the age of 16 days and brought up in an orphanage. She knew what she was doing, she said, but in full conscience she woi'Jd "rather bs accom- plice to an abortion than to the abandonment. of a child. Under French law, abortion is illegal in all cases except 'when it is required to pre serve the life of the mother when that is gravely threaten- ed." Under rules of the French Medical Association, a practi tioner confronted with such case then must first obtain the concurring views of two col leagues Ijefore he can perform the abortion. LOS ANGELES (AP) Cali- ornians apparently are turning in increasing numbers to a new do-it-yourself project: divorce. While statewide figures are not available, Sam Diego County officials estimate that 15 per cent of the approximately divorce filings each month are made without a lawyer. In Los Angeles County, about 7.8 per: cent of the filings this year have been "pro without a lawyer. Four years ago only four persons in a thou- sand filed without legal repre- sentation. The attraction apparently is money. Lawyers may charge or more for handling a sim- ple divorce. Without a lawye-, lie cost is just filing in Los Angeles, for example. Do-it-yourselfism was made possible by the Family Law Act of 1970, which' changed "di- vorce" to "dissolution" and eliminated the need to prove 'ault. If one partner says irre- concilable differences exist, dis- solution is simply pro forma. A woman who said her hus- band deserted her after 26 days of marriage recently recalled ner first steps toward dissolu- tion: 'I picked up legal papers from the county clerk for 56 cents, and they recommended I read what to do nest in the law library." Some law librarians report that the most thumbed book in the house is How to Do Your Own Divorce in California', by Berkeley lawyer Charles Sher- man. He advises: "This book Is not written to replace an attor- ney but to help you decide whether you need one. PAIN IN SIDE' Vicky Williams, a Los Ange- les housewife who is divorcing her husband of 20 years, says, "I would recommend do-it-your- self divorces only to couples who have no small children and who can settle community prop- erty in a friendly manner." Some lawyers and judges more wary. "Proper divorces are like a pain in the says William P. Hogoboom, presiding judge of the Los Angeles County fam- ily law court. "Only an expert can tell whether it can be treat- ed with an aspirin or by sur-, gery, "Most of these cases are BO simple that they are not eco- nomically feasible for an attor- ney to handle, but you never know if you have a simple case until an expert looks at it." Aaron Moss, chairman of the San Fernando Valley Law Asso- ciation, says ttiat without help laymen may make costly errors in property division. In addition to various books on filing for dissolution, there are complete kits selling for about St. Augustine's Parish Ladies (A.C.W.) 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