Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday. November 22. 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Report based on study of 605 women 'Abortion considered birth control' OTTAWA (CP) A significant number of women consider abortion a means of birth con- trol, says a report published in the latest Cana- dian Medical Association Journal. The report was prepared by Dr. Marlene E. Hunter of Vancouver, and is based on a study of 605 women who had abortions at a 647-bed Van- couver hospital from June, 1973 to May, 1974. The report also says every application for an abortion during the period under review was approved by the hospital's abortion committee, although less than one sixth of the patients were applying because of severely adverse social, psychological or medical reasons. The Criminal Code stipulates that a therapeutic abortion cannot be legally perform- ed unless a hospital's abortion committee is of the opinion that continuation of pregnancy would likely endanger life or health. The majority of the 83.3 per considered by the surgeon applying to the abortion committee on behalf of a patient "to be in no position to raise a says the study. Dr. Hunter said the abortion committee would conclude on this basis that continued pregnancy was detrimental to the women's emotional health. Many doctors, in accepting the World Health Organization's definition of health to include emotional as well as physical well-being, believe a pregnancy should justifiably be terminated if a woman's emotional health is at stake. However, the word "health" is not defined in the Criminal Code section dealing with abortions. Informed sources say Justice Minister Otto Lang obtained a copy of Dr Hunter's study be- fore it was published, prompting him last month in Parliament to caution hospital abortion com- mittees against approving all abortions automatically. The report sa s 54 per cent of the women were single, and almost 70 per cent weren't using contraceptives at the time of conception. The author, in referring to 168 women in the study who stopped using oral contraceptives but had not substituted with other birth-control measures, says it is "irresponsible to continue an active sexual life without attempting to en- sure that pregnancy will not occur if the woman does not wish to bear a child at that time. "The conclusion that a significant number of women consider abortion a means of birth con- trol seems particularly consider- ing that 51 applicants had previous surgical ter- minations of pregnancy. Statistics Canada figures released last week showed British Columbia's number of thera- peutic abortions as a percentage of live births was the highest of any province in 1973, at 27 per cent. The national average was 12 per cent, while Quebec and the Atlantic provinces except Nova Scotia were less than four per cent. Dr. Hunter said it is a sad reflection that 27.8 per cent of the married women who applied for abortions at the Vancouver hospital had had no children. Not only was there possibility of guilt feelings at having aborted a pregnancy that was the result of a meaningful relationship, but the health risk to mother and child might be in- creased in the event of future pregnancies. For the fetus, the risks include congenital ab- normalities, spontaneous abortions and im- munization abnormalities, she said. Mothers were more prone to sterility, pelvic inflam- matory diseases and hemmorrhage. The study also found that more than half the applicants, or 320, were 20 to 29 years old, and that those asking for late abortions after 14 weeks of pregnancy were mostly in the younger age groups. Of the 180 cases where contraception was used, rhythm was used by 14, foam by 56, con- doms by 44, lUDs by 41, diaphragms by 21, three had had previous tubal ligations and one believed her partner to be sterile. Community calendar Southminster Circle Square Dance Club will hold the regular dance at p.m. Saturday in Southminster Hall. All square dancers welcome. The Minus One Club will hold a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Polish Hall. Music will be supplied by the Prairie Ramblers, originally the Country Three. Everyone welcome. The Navy League Cadet Corps, Lethbridge, parades from 10 a.m. to noon Satur- days at the Ship, 10th Avenue and 17th Street S. Boys, 11 and 12 years old, are invited. Ladies of the Lethbridge Lodge, Order of the Royal Purple will be honored to have District Deputy Arleen Price at their regular meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the Elks Hall. Supper will be served. Of- ficers and drill team are ask- ed to wear long white dresses. St. Michael's Hospital Aux- iliary is sponsoring a con- tinental breakfast and a show- ing of Christmas fashions at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 at St. Michael's auditorium. Proceeds will go to the pediatric ward. Fashions by Maxine's. Tickets limited, phone 327-6458. The Lethbridge Han- dicapped Society is holding a Flea Market (rummage sale) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur- day in Centre Village Mall. WeeWhimsv Ann Landers ATTENTION SENIOR CITIZENS! you know, that at nominal cost, you can get assistance with household and personal care which may be becoming increasingly difficult for you to manage by yourself? CALLHOMEMAKER SERVICE AT 327-5725 Mark Seylfer wili be sent the original arc for his quote. Dear Ann Landers: After a long, hard day at the hospital (I am chief of I pick- ed up the paper and turned to your column. I read the letter from the woman whose brother committed suicide after he had run over a child who was playing in the street. 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