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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuesday, October Herald- Family NefpaVs gov 9t seeking to legalize abortion By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) "Our women will rather kill them- selves than allow such a ter- rible said Prakash Thapa, a factory watchman in a Bombay suburb. Thapa, 41, was referring to the controvery in his distant mountain kingdom of Nepal over the government's proposal to legalize abortion. A government commission in the ancient Himalayan kingdom is seeking public reaction to a draft plan on abortion. Under it, abortions in special cases will be per- mitted for the first time. Tiny Nepal is faced with a RUMMAGE SALE en Wei.0ct23-7p.nl. ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HALL 1818-SthAve. South population explosion. Only a fifth of the high-altitude area is cultivable and experts fear that if the present population continues to increase at the present rate, Nepal may have to import rice after 1900. The use of contraceptives is already permitted in the king- dom, once a citadel of Hindu orthodoxy, ancka network of family planning clinics ,has been set up. King Birendra Shah Deva's advisers feel that a lib- eralized abortion law will help to control population, growth and improve the standard of living of the people. Reports from the Nepalese capital of Katmandu say that opponents of abortion have a slight edge ove'r its sup-, porters. In some villages, peasants have opposed abor- tion almost unanimously. Sushila Pradhan, a welfare, worker, is quoted as saying that opposition to abortion will die down gradually. "Our people are great real- ists. She said oncelthey see what benefits abortion can br- ing by way of fewer children, HELP US TO HELP OTHERSI The Salvation Army Welfare Services Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. better health and a higher standard of living, they will accept it." An Englishman is. actively leading the campaign against the proposed abortion law. He is Dr. D. A. Roche who works in the United Mission Hospital in Bhaktapur. Roche says "Nepal is being pushed from outside into legalizing contending that a few people with "foreign education" are behind the move. "Far from being indignant over this outside interference, Nepal is rushing into a law which, in spirit and attitude, is foreign to it." Several young Canadians and Americans currently staying in Nepal are taking a hand at popularizing abortion. Susan Murphy of Montreal and Joseph Marshall of Toronto said in Katmandu that they talked to hundreds of Nepalese peasants in remote mountaintop hamlets on the benefits of family planning, particularly of abortion. "There is a lot of interest in the said Miss Murphy. irfothers are not opposed to it but they are .afraid of their old-fashioned mothers -in- law." City force hopes to integrate women Is Lethbridge ready for policewomen By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald. Family Editor The present size of the Lethbridge police force is not conducive to hiring women law officers says Police Chief Ralph Michelson. Chief Michelson said the city police force received applications from policewomen for the first time in the past year. Late in 1973 and early in 1974, nine female applicants were be- ing considered, along with seven men, for four vacancies on the force. All the applicants were graduates' of Lethbridge Com- munity College's two year law enforcement program. None of the women were lured because "men were better suited for duties the force required carried-out at that particular says Chief Michelson. "I would have liked to hire two the police chief, "and hi fact two women were among the runners up when applications were being con- sidered last winter. I had asked for funds to hire seven men, but only received approval for four. If we had hired more, adding two women would have been an ideal way to start integrating women in the force." Inspector Michelson said it was very unlikely the city police force would take on any more new of- ficers before 1976. "My case for more staff is a good one, I he adds, "but since the funds weren't available last year, I don't expect 1975 to be any different." "The size of our police depart- ment has a great deal to do with our ability to accommodate women within the he adds. "Our contract with'male officers stipulates that everyone has to spend three years on the beat before being promoted to preferential jobs such as youth I can see an immediate use for a woman officer in youth guidance but that is a preferred job and, in all fairness to the male officers, she should not be eligible for it until she's been on the beat three years." Chief Michelson expresses some doubts about police women's abilities to handle some areas of regular beat duty, and says he wonders if Lethbridge is "ready" to accept women law- enforcement officers. "Even in most places in the U.S. where women are used ex- tensively in police work, they don't work the midnight he says, "and I'd be worried about having a woman on a night beat where .the prime activity was something like subduing in- toxicated bar patrons." "Women say, 'fine, we'll pound the says Chief Michelson. "And I respect them for their willingness. But this is all going to take time, to get men on the force and people within the community so accustomed to the idea." Chief Michelson says the problem of incorporating women into the Lethbridge city force would be solved if the depart- ment were to expand to include special details such as vice squad, rape or juvenile offenders. But right now, each officer must LCC policewomen grads not employed by forces Thirty four women have enrolled in Lethbridge Community College's law enforcement program since its inception in 1969, but none of them have obtained employment with police forces. Gordon Colledge, LCC information officer, says most of the female graduates of the LCC law enforcement program are working in such areas as airport securityL wildlife conservation and enforcement, and store and business security. "Quite a number of the girls who enter the program actually want to be says Mr. Colledge. "The girls and boys receive exactly the same training. They all learn self defense, criminal and procedural law as well as academic subjects such as psychology and business economics." There are 14 women enrolled in the LCC law enforcement program this year. Their average age is 19. "Acceptance of women in police work is gradually says R. C. Harrison, one of the law enforcement instructors at LCC. A former RCMP officer, Mr. Harrison looks to that force's recent recruitment of women as a turning point for the status of policewomen. "I'm happy to see the Mounties taking female he says, "But it will be darn tough for those first girls in the years ahead, as they work to gain acceptance. The calibre of the girls accepted by the force is very'encouraging. They will pave .the way for more women in police work." be a "man of all taking turns at assignments in all areas of police work. "pur recruitment is on says the police chief. "All applications are screened and kept on file by the personnel office at city hall. "Women applicants are handl- ed in the same way as male that is, each case is considered individually and judged on quali- and says Michelson. The city police force requires that all applicants have com- pleted, grade 12 and meet physical standards. Law enforce- ment education and experience are obvious assets. Prior to June of this year, the Lethbridge police force had only one set of physical requirements which were based on the male physique: applicants were' ex- pected to be no less than five feet nine inches tall, weighing no less than .150 pounds. "You don't hear of many women six feet tall, weighing 200 admits Chief Michelson. So, in June of this year, the requirements were. changed to include 'women: female applicants are expected to be no shorter than five feet four inches and no less than 120 pounds. "Now we come to a new adds Chief Michelson. "In some cities, forces nave gotten from male applicants five feet six inches who were turned down, while female applicants the same size were approved. These men say they're being discriminated against, a valid point, I The Lethbridge -police force already employs women as police matrons and switchboard operators and secretaries. I i I Buy Royal Albert teaware now at low Eaton prices! 2 58 to 16 15 You know the name. You know the quality. In fact, Eaton's Royal Albert Event is just what you've been waiting for. To start your set of English bone china teaware. To add to your present pieces. Or someone else's. Three best-loved patterns include 'Old Country Rose' 'Lavender and 'American Beauty'. Chinerware, Second floor EATON'S Shop Eaton's Wednesday to for Royal Albert teaware. Buy Line 320-8811, Use your Eaton Account for convenient shopping. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Marriage seminar creates awareness Miss September Miss Cotton Bolt Miss Blotz Beer the only one who didn't moke it is Mrs. Children help hospitals adapt to care changes VANCOUVER (CP) Child illnesses have changed and children from four Van- couver schools are providing Fitness clinic next month A provincial clinic on move- ment for fitness in women will be held at Edmonton's Vic- toria Composite High School Nov. 2 and 3. The clinic, opened to all women over the age of 15, is designed primarily for people working in fitness leadership programs sponsored by agen- cies engaged in promoting fitness. The two-day course will out- line the concept, practice and development of natural move- ment through gymnastics, and give direction in the applica- tion of uiudeiu rhythmic gym- nastics to fitness and health. It will-deal with the body's structure alignment, relaxa- tion in movement, breathing exercise, the use of small ap- paratus as well as the use of music. Joint sponsors of the dink are the Edmonton Public School Board, continuing education services, the Alberta Gymnastic Federa- tion and the department of culture, youth and recreation. Application forms and more information can be obtained from Gay Sunada, department of culture, youth and recreation, phone 328-9GK. Deadline for applications is Wednesday. information to help hospitals adapt. "There's a great difference in children's care compared with the said Dr. Peter McDermick. "Infec- tious diseases were common up to 1950. Now the majority of children could be oat of bed." "Many of the children are being investigated and need the lab equipment. A child be- ing treated for something as simple as obesity could be out of bed." As part of a LIP project, children were shown existing facilities at the Children's Hospital and the Heath Centre for Children at the Vancouver General Hospital. They were then asked to draw what they saw. "Some of the older children designed their own hospitals, incorporating plenty of space for playrooms and outdoor playgrounds. The children felt strongly the value of visitors and of having interesting things to do. In most of the drawings, the children pictured themselves as small and insignificant in the large, sterile anonymity of the hospital. Patients were usually lying in bed rather than playing or talking with other patients. Barred beds not lUiwI The importance of com- munication in a marriage was the topic of discussion, at the first of a five session marriage seminar held on the weekend at the Education Centre, 534 18th St. S. Cathy .Thrall, member of the program committee of the Lethbridge Pastoral Institute, said Monday nine engaged couples and three or four married couples attended the session. Bill and Connie Porter of the Calgary Pastoral Institute stressed the importance of 'ebb and flow'in the growth of two individuals throughout the session. They also pointed out how high' expectations of one partner often ending in disap- pointment cause a com- munication breakdown. Mrs. Thrall said the par- ticipants were led in exercises MS meeting set Nov. 2 The executive committee of the prairie division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada will hold an area meeting at a.m.- Nov. 2 in the Lethbridge nurses' residence. Paul Madge, a prairie divi- sion representative, will be chairman. to increase awareness and help individuals recognize their own feelings and share them with their The next session, Sexuality, will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. and from to p.m. Dr. Lloyd Johnstone of Lethbridge will be guest speaker and Ken and Cathy Kenfeldt, representatives from a Roman Catholicgroup, will talk about natural family planning. Mrs. Thrall said couples are still welcome to join the seminar, but doesn't .recom- mend it after Sunday. Other sessions, included in the seminar, are finance and legal dimension, spiritual values and life styles in an evolving relationship. "The Lethbridge Pastoral Institute will be sponsoring two more seminars, one in February and another in April." The fee is a couple. For more information, call 327- PUBLJC BJNQO ihiMWon) LETHBRIDQE ELKS LODGE ROOM LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Am. North RIOULAft WIP. NIOHT P.M. 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