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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Octobtr 19, 1973 New power source for pacemakers NEW YORK (AP) General Electric announced it has developed a new battery for heart pacemakers that should last as long as the predicted life of nuclear pacemakers at "a fraction" of the cost. GE said chemically powered batteries not the nuclear-powered pacemakers now being evaluated in a number of patients will prove to be the ultimate answer to long-life heart pacemakers. The new battery, a sodium battery, is smaller and lighter than the mercury-zinc chemical.battery now in wide use and should last much longer. GE said. GE said its batteries are scheduled to be implanted in human patients within two years. They are being tested in animals now at GE's medical systems business division in Milwaukee. Wis. Dr. Arthur Bueche of the GE research and development centre in Schenectady. N.Y.. said the sodium-bromine batteries should provide a pacemaker with 10 years of continuous operation. A 10-year life span is now predicted for the nuclear powered pacemaker. GE said, at a cost of GE did not give a specific price for its product. Conventional pacemakers must be replaced by surgery every 24 to 28 months. GE said. They cost about to said the company. Limbering up Ann Henders of Toronto, left foreground, keeping up with her Miss Henders has visited 50 of the 60 local branches of the exercise program at a women's keep fit class in Lethbridge. association in Canada. She has also worked for the YWCA in Since her appointment as national executive director of the YMCA, Nigeria and at world headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Abortion an agonizing decision In and out of town Kappa Chapter. Beta Sigma Phi. recently held a preferen- tial tea at the home of Mrs. Jan Tail, to honor Diane Merritt. Francis McHardy. Sharon Jagielski and Linda Godlonton. THE BETTER HALF OTTAWA (CP) Kour years ago Anne C. had an abortion. She was in her final year of college; the man was in his second-last year of medical school. Although they later married they did not believe that step possible just then. "Nor could I have had the baby. I'd just have gone to pieces." She and her husband now are expecting their first planned one. "It was just ignorance and an uncontrollable emotion in college." she said. "And for those who think I should have paid for such a mistake, let me tell them I have." For Anne C. it was an ago- By Barnes "The editor says this short story is better than your last The margins are wider, and you didn't spill a drop of coffee on it." nizing decision. It still is. as she shows when she talks about it. "I'd have had to leave col- lege if I had gone through with the pregnancy. Probably Ron would have had to leave, too. We couldn't have afforded to stay. "It would have made my mother (a widow) extremely unhappy. And Ron's parents, who had sacrificed a lot to get him to medical school, well STILL WONDERS She also thinks she might have resented the baby if she had let the pregnancy go on. "It would have been bad to think: 'If we hadn't had you, we'd be doing this-and-such. No baby deserves that." But she still wonders and still wakes up at night and asks herself if it was a selfish decision. "Other people make you feel guilty." she says. "What really makes me furious is to read about some pompous politician saying women aren't taking their re- sponsibilities seriously, that abortion laws are too liberal. "Politicians and medical committees can't say how it will affect our lives, and maybe the baby's, too. They don't know what it's like. "They make it hard for me, for us. They make us feel like criminals." WENT TO NEW YORK Anne hates to read news- paper stories about abortion. "Those politicians saying jflL% m m S A A 25th Birthday Celebration 317 5th St. South FAMILY ALLOWANCE DRAW WIN A 25 .00 GIFT CERTIFICATE Good for any Merchandise in the Store Just cash your Family Allowance Cheque in SAAN this week to be eligible for the draw. Draw Made 5 P.M., Saturday, Nov., 3rd Please note One draw cheque Please note One d r fl only for each chec j ;