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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, October LETHBRIDGE Conflicting emotions bother nurses assisting at abortion Calendar of local happenings A SmKil v. By JUDE CAMPBELL Herald Staff Writer Fear, guilt, anxiety, bewilderment. All of these emotions plague the girl facing an abortion And the same emotions haunt the nurses who are at her side. "We have to fight our own emotions, the girl's guilt feelings, and be professional at the same time It's something that can really rock you taking part in an aboor- tion But it's our job as much as looking after a dying patient." says Pat, a registered nurse who works on a surgical floor in a Southern Alberta Hospital Pat was one of three nurses who agreed to a Herald interview on condition they re- mam anonymous. (The three, uncertain whether their outspokenness on a controversial matter would be considered a violation of professional ethics, and fear- ing their hospitals might reprimand them for making their opinions public, will be known as Pat, Ann and Mary in this ac- count All expressed feelings of resentment towards the girl for the situation, mixed with sorrow for her plight and a real desire to help her through a trying time when few others were near to offer sup- port Ann and Mary, also working surgical ward, had had first hand experience with what they considered gruesome abortions the saline injection. Commonly practised as a method of ter- minating pregnancies which have passed the three-month stage but are less than five months, the saline injection involves removal of 200 cubic centimetres of am- niotic fluid from the womb, replacing it with an equal amount of saline The procedure takes place in the operating theatre, after which the girl is returned to her room to await natural ex- pulsion of the fetus The injection destroys the fetus within one to three hours, and labor begins within 24 to 36 hours, oc- casionally extending to 72. Fashion's to presented by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, will be staged at 8 p.m Tuesday and Wednesday at the Yates Memorial Centre. The fall fashion show will feature both men's and women's clothing, with tickets available from Leister's Music, Maxine's Ladies' Wear. John Black's Men's Wear and at the door. Personal involvement hard Christmas gift cards This Christmas season, share the joy and meaning with a hungry child overseas by supporting the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada gift card idea. Rather than spending money on personal gifts for friends and family, slip the desired amount into an envelope and send it to the USC. They will then forward a Christmas gift card in your name to those you wish to remember at Christmas. Proceeds from the gift card fund will be used to supplement and continue the dis- tribution of milk and food staples through school feeding programs in starving countries overseas. This unique service is being offered for the 10th consecutive year and the appealing design, snown above, was again contributed by Montreal artist Eva Prager. Interested persons may contact the Unitarian Service Committee, 56 Sparks St, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5B1. R. W. Y. Antique and Modern Upholstering 1016 1st Ave. South Phone 328-5257 Anytime Open 6 p m lo 9 p m Weekdays WALTER YACYSHYN CASH BINGO TONIGHT. SATURDAY-7-.30 O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL SIOO Blackout Bingo playid lor till won evary Saturday plus Jackpots JACKPOTS NOW AND S75 5 Cards lor or 25c each lo So 1 Firehall) "Although the nurses in the operating room have the option of refusing to scrub with an said Ann. "those of us on surgery, are given no choice We must sit with the girl, deliver the fetus and dis- pose of it Once the child has been expelled it is the attending nurse who places it in a preservative and arranges for the remains to be sent to the hospital laboratory for tests Once delivered of the child, the woman is watched for signs of possible hemorrhage, sometimes returned to the operating room for removal of retained placenta and then discharged. From the time the girl is admitted to hospital, a nurse is involved with her per- sonally. For Ann. Mary and Pat this in- volvement is the most difficult part of their job "So many of the girls are young. Between the ages of 15 and 18, and they're not emotionally prepared for the abortion or a pregnancy for that fact." com- mented Pat. She said most are withdrawn, preferring not to talk about the ensuing abortion and often are "completely in the dark" as to what will happen to them once the saline is administered. "We're expected to give them a pre- natal class in one said Mary, "and it's quite a chore. They don't realize that they'll be going into labor just as if they were about to give birth to a live baby." Saline abortions, according to the nurses, produce a fetus which can be iden- tified sexually and is well formed but sometimes mutilated by the force of the contractions on expulsion. For this reason, all three felt a woman witnessing such an abortion, would "cer- tainly think twice' about having one herself Still, all agreed that passing judgment on those women who had made the deci- sion was not in their jurisdiction. They said those girls who did discuss the opera- tion felt it was the only possible solution at the time: and the decision to abort was as trying as a decision to carry the child full term and then give it up. "Most of the girls are concerned about the possibilities of having normal children in the future, and we're the ones who answer their questions." said Mary "We're also expected to broach the sub- ject of birth control following the abortion but that's quite a delicate area at the time, and mostly goes undone She explained most girls aren't fully aware of the seriousness of an abortion, or of the possibilities of complications which might endanger their lives Some girls, she said, talk incessantly about everything and thing as long as it never touches the subject of abortion Regardless of personal convictions. Pat. Ann and Mary have chosen to remain on and will continue sitting with, con- soling and listening to the problems of their abortion patients "The girls don't care what you think or feel They just need help and you're the one that can give it." The Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Society of Lethbndge will hold the monthly meeting at 2 p.m Wednesday in the civic centre. There will be Halloween pumpkin pie and ice cream party. Women are asked to please bring a pie. Election of officers, musical entertainment by Mrs. Olson and Mr Scot and the senior chorus will take place A good attendance is requested A citizenship court will be held at p.m. Monday, with Judge G. Sionclair presiding. Guest speaker will be Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt Following the of- ficial ceremony, a reception for new citizens will be held at St. Augustine's church hall with Dr F H Mewburn QBE Chapter. IODE. as hostesses. The Whirl-AWays will square and round dance at 8 p.m sharp Monday in the Moose Hall. 3 Ave. N.. All square dancers welcome Women are asked to bring a box lunch The Ladies' Auxiliary to the Rehabilitation Centre tor the Handicapped will hold the an- nual tea and sale of work from 2 to 5 p.m 'ihursday. Nov 1. in the Scandinavian Hall Everyone welcome The Japanese United Church will sponsor the an- nual chow mein supper from 4 to 8 p m Saturday. Oct. 27 in the church basement Tickets are available at the church Everyone welcome Ladies of Lethbridge Lodge No 32, Order of the Royal Purple will hold a regular meeting at 8 p m Monday in the Elks Hall A good atten- dance is requested Lunch to follow. Milk River Bells "n Beaux square dance club will hold a regular dance at 8 p m Tues- day in the Elks hall Women are asked to please bring a box lunch Southminster square dance learners' group will dance at 8 p.m Monday in Southminster hall Women are asked to please bring a pie. The Women of the Moose will hold a potluck supper for all members and families at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Moose home. A good attendance is requested George McKillop home and school will sponsor the annual Halloween tea and bake sale from 2 to 5 p.m Saturday. Oct 27 in the school auditorium. 5th Ave and 21 St. N Tea. coffee, fruit punch, apple and pumpkin pie will be served Everyone welcome In and out of town The family of Octave W Ursenbach will hold an open house in honor ot his 80th birthday from 7 to 9 p.m Saturday. Oct. 27. at the LDS church. 10 Ave and 19 St. S Everyone welcome Open house for Jerry Woodruff on the occasion of his 88th birthday will be held at 8 p m Tuesday, at his son's home at 1025 Ma'yor Magrath Drive. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. An open house will be held honoring Mr and Mrs P H Wamsteeker on the occasion of their 55th wedding anniver- sary A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p m. and 7 to 9 p m Friday, in the Christian Reformed Church basement All friends and relatives welcome No gifts, by re- quest. MOST ACTIVE PL BLISHERS The most active publishing country in the world is the I' S S R where more than 1 2 billion books and pamphlets were published in 1964 Centre Village1 Church Groups Clubs Charitable Organizations Centre Village Merchants Association is sponsoring a CHARITY BAZAAR November 15th-16th-17th and Invite You to Attend. During this 3 day period we open the Mall to all Charitable Organizations interested in raising funds for their individual causes and we invite your group to attend. Tables will be supplied by the Mall RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW! Any Interested Group is Asked to Call 328-8835 by Monday, Nov. 5th to Reserve a table for the Bazaar The Mall that Has It All MARRIAGE COURSE FOR: People planning to get married and married couples who wish to clarify their thinking about various aspects of marriage. TOPICS: Budgeting, finances, legal dimensions, inter- personal relationships, sex and sexuality, parenthood and values GIVEN BY: People well qualified in the fields of law, economics, sociology, psychology and medi- cine, along with married couples and a priest. WHERE: EDUCATION CENTRE 534-18th Street South WHEN: Seven successive Sunday evenings p.m. beginning Sunday, October 28th. at Glamor for tub gaining ground New York Times Service ROME Roman baths haven't yet achieved the communal-country club status they enjoyed in Caesar's day but thpy're on the road back Among the fashionable set here, the bathroom is gaining ground over, say, the bedroom. It's regarded less as a utility room and more as a place to relax, revive oneself and even to do some work. "Before, people insisted on large bedrooms and little bathrooms: now they're pay- ing more attention to the bathroom." said Eduardo Cappiello, who recently designed the apartment of Carlo Palazzi Palazzi's apartment is near his men's shop on the fashionable Via Borgognona The dimensions of the apart- ment slightly inhibited Cap- Sew Knit S-T-R-E-T-C-H Learn to Sew S-T-R-E-T-C-H Fabrics the New Exciting Way CLASSES BEGIN Tuesday, and Thursday, Oct. 30th and Nov. 1 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. You will learn to sew S-T-R-E-T-C-H In Class For enrolment phone 327-8877 or 327-8818 or write 408 5th Street South, Lethbridge piello in his desire to make larger bathrooms. The space allotted for the bath was a narrow rectangle, less than two yards wide and only about twice as long. He solved the problem by in- stalling mirrors around the room, which makes it look as if there were two tubs, two sinks and other facilities Peo- ple have a habit of walking straight into the mirrored wall, but so far nobody has broken it. The ceiling is also mirrored, except for a portion under a skylight that is slatted to hold plants. Cappiello, who was im- pressed by homes he saw on a recent trip to Scandinavia, did the bathroom in light wood to look like a sauna, which is un- usual for Rome ''Steel and chrome are nice, but they are so shiny, they negate the design." he said, explaining his penchant for wood The bathroom in a palatial villa owned by Valentino in the Via Appia Antica area, about 15 minutes drive from the centre of Rome, is paved in black marble. The marble comes from Brazil, which is like bringing coals to New- castle. butStefano Montovani, who did the designing, ex- plained that it had the depth and color he wanted The marble squares are banded in dark brown teak, the mirrors are a golden color and the ceiling is wicker Wicker doors separate the bath proper from the Persian sitting room which adjoins it The bathroom is so elegant it doesn't even have a toilet That's in a separate room on the other side of the bedroom. In the sitting room, the pillows are arranged in a fear- ful symmetry nine small ones nestling against nine large ones, with the points up Each pillow rests on a corner, for a diamond effect, and all are covered in a Persian printed fabric Valentino designed himself. "When 1 slay at home at night in the winter lime. I spend my time here watching Valentino ex-' plained Count Hodolfo Crespi designed his own bathroom coffee brown Incite and the brass fixtures. The Italians arc skilled in the art of faucet rv Relax. We're making the arrangements today for the natural gas comfort you'll want in 1991. -y, n. ;i .-M.' canaoian uuesrern naruroLOas companv ;