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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta J- am Creative Home-Mdde Shoes Replace Hospital Footwear STREETSVILLE, Ont. (CP) Audrey Witheridge has in- jected some color into her life floor level. Forced to wear ungainly shoes due to a rheu- matoid arthritis condition, the StreetsvlUe housewife has brightened up her footwear with a bit of initiative and creativity. The chronic condition de- stroys the cartilage in joints, leaving bones unprotected. "The bones are right down on the floor, and when you walk, you are walking on the ends. It's as painful as walking on your shins." Mrs. Witheridge is able, how- ever, to do her own housework, entertain, play tennis and ski. She got the idea of decorating and eventually making her own sandals two years ago. "There were some Christmas parties coming' up I certainly wasn't going to wear Mrs. Witheridge said, referring to the plain hospital-issue footwear. She has developed a shoe- making method using a plastic substance as a base. "I put a piece of this in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, until it becomes I stand on it and it takes on tire impression of my foot." For decorations and straps, Mrs. Witheridge applies pieces of dresses, beads and pearls. Leather for' the soles is a diffi- cult item to obtain. For her last pair, an old briefcase was cut up. What started as a practical idea may be growing into a whole new line of activity for Mrs. Witheridge. Her two daughters have already asked for pairs of home-made shoes. OPEN HOUSE Open House at Blunt's Nurs- ing Home at Fort Macleod will be held on Oct. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. All interested persons are invited. Tea will be served free of charge. The Ladies' Auxiliary will hold a bake sale, and the Occupational Therapy depart- ment will have a fish pond. -Mwidoy, Ottob.r U, 1970 THI LETHMNDG! HEKAID IS POLICE BAH Forming the receiving line for the annual police ball were left to right Const. J. H. Nixey of the Lelhbridge City Police and Mrs. Nixey, Aid. J. E. Anderson, deputy chairman of the police and Mrs. Mayor A. C. Anderson and Mrs. Mrs. Carpenter and Chief of Police J. H. Carpenter. Guests were present from Calgary, Medicine Hat, many of the district points as well as Montana. Nearly 400 patrons danced to the music of Grant Erickson't Orchestra till the wee hours of the morn. Inequities Abound Says CMA Of Abortion Law By GERARD McNEIL Canadian Press Staff Writer Thousands of legal abor- tions are being performed in Canada but the real demand isn't being met and an edi- torial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says that "inequities abound" under the 13-month-old law. Dozens of women who can't get past hospital abortion committees in Ontario and Quebec are hiking to New York State, where abortion is available on request. The law is a dead letter in the country's 275 Roman Cath- olic hospitals, where abortion is regarded as murder. Many of these hospitals are among the 445 accredited to perform abortions. And in British Columbia, provincial Health Minister Ralph Loffmark recently said he may order all B.C. hospi- tals to grant legal abortions, commenting that "the time is coming when all hospitals largely supported by public funds will have to face up to their public responsibilities." The f e d e r a 1 requirement that hospitals have an abor- tion committee of three physi- cians is proving unwieldy, a Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press indicates. In Halifax, Dr. D. W. Cud- more, chairman of the Victo- ria General Hospital commit- tee, said the hospital's waiting list for abortions "is atro- cious." One reason Dr. Cudmore gave is that the chairman of an abortion committee in smaller N.S. hospitals usually is the only person qualified to perform the abortion. But as chairman, he is unable under the law to so and cases are sent to Halifax. Dr. Cudmore pointed to other defects: Doctors on the committee are forced to act as lawyers; the committee system eats up time in a situ- ation where the operation be- comes more dangerous the longer it is delayed. NEVER SEES PATIENT Applications for abortion are taken to the committee by the woman's doctor, not the woman, and the committee never sees the patient. The CMA editorial, says this vio- lates a "cardinal rale of medi- cine." The federal government re- cently announced a million program to publicize birth control. Health Minister John Munro said family planning would "reduce the incidence of unwanted children, of child neglect, abandonment, deser- tion, welfare dependency and child abuse." Only a couple of years ago it was illegal to advertise birth control devices in Can- ada. Another response, yet to take concrete form, may be more protection for working women in the form of matern- ity pay, maternity leave, and child care centres. Lack of job security and care facilities now forces many women to choose abortion. TURN TO STERILITY The major trend, however, Is to sterilization as a choice for those who don't want or can't care for children. More and more women are un- dergoing such operations. The Canadian Medical Asso- ciation has as its top priority item this year a study of fam- ily planning including male vasectomy. This is the operation to ster- ilize males. It can be done in a doctor's office in minutes, tying off the sperm duct, while female sterilization re- quires abdominal surgery. CODE MODIFIED The CMA, meanwhile, has modified its code of ethics to encourage more doctors to take a liberal view of abortion and sterilization. Even the Catholic Hospitals Association of Canada has re- placed its rigid code, which forbade abortion, with a new "medico-moral The Catholic guide says that all deliberate medical action to deprive a foetus or embryo of life is immoral. "However, medical means required to cure a grave ill- ness in a pregnant woman, and which cannot be deferred until the foetus is viable, are allowed even though it might endanger.the pregnancy in progress." The association suggests that each member hospital es- tablish a "medico-moral com- mittee" of at least five mem- bers, including two doctors and two theologians. "Unless respect for life is maintained, we have no busi- ness remaining in the hospital Father Dusseault said. "You don't look after the wel- fare of someone by killing someone else. "If you make a projection, euthanasia is the logical out- come of abortion. Are people going to go on looking after monsters, the aged, the chron- ically ill, when it would be so easy to give them a needle? "We'll be back in the jun- gle." The medico-moral commit- tee is the Catholic equivalent ATTEND THE ALL NEW A.N.A.F.-UNIT 34 BINGO IN THE CLUBROOMS COR. 5th AVE. and 6th ST. S. TUESDAY, OCT. 27th 8 p.m. First 12 Games First Card Others 25e each 7 No. Jackpot (increases weekly) 2nd 7 No. Jackpot (increases weekly) Extra 5 Games Cards 25c ea. or 5 far Blackout in 52 Numbers Al! regular games pay double if won in 7 noi. or len For A.N.A.F. Members and their gucsti of the therapeutic abortion committee that plays the sive role under the law. The law requires that at least three physicians review applications by the physician of a patient seeking abortion.. Each application must be sup-' ported by letters from two physicians. The woman herself doesn't appear before the committee. BASED ON THREAT The law says a decision for abortion must be based on the threat of mental or. physical damage to the woman from continued pregnancy. However doctors, and par- ticularly psychiatrists, are finding that social and eco- nomic factors are the basis of many applications for abor- tion. The Canadian Psychiatric Association this year became the first Canadian medical body to favor removal of abortion from the Criminal Code. The association says it should be strictly a medical procedure to be decided by the woman and her husband, "if she has along with the physician. Others urging removal of abortion from the Criminal Code include the Women's Liberation Movement, the Na- tional Council of Women, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Chatelaine mag- azine, which claims a French-English circulation of JWCA News Deb Teens RegistraSon for Deb-Teens, girls 12 and over, will be .held on Monday, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Agnes, Davidson School. An eight week program featuring crafts, make up, grooming, gymnastics, b a b y- sitting, etc., is planned. Mon- day, there will be a demonstra- tion on make-up., presented by Mrs. Burden. Leaders supper meeting, will be held on Monday at the .YW.C.A. residence at 6 p.m. Blue Triangles (8 to 12 years) will be held at the following schools, and all girls are invit- ed to attend: Tuesday, Agnes Davidson arid vfestnunster 7 to J CaUar Of cLocal Jva Xi Nu Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, will meet on Tuesday at p.m. in the home of Mrs. D. Berlando, 1710 21st St. S. Fea- tured speaker will be Mrs. Aud- rey Baines. Citizenship Day will be held Tuesday in the Courthouse with Judge V. A. Cooney presiding at a.m. There will be 27 re- ceiving citizenship awards. Mr. Bruce Haig of Hamilton Junior High is the special speaker and (he IODE will present greeting cards. The regular meeting of Kappa Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, will be held on Tuesday, at the home of Mrs. Alan Rowntree, 2114 20th St. S. at p.m. Hostesses for the evening will be Mrs. Carson Bailie, and Mrs. Les Sackney. The program wili be given by Mrs. Tim Filuk, entitled Happi- ness Through to See and To Know. The general meeting of the Mathesis Club will be held Tues- day at the YWCA at p.m. Guests at 3 p.m. Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi wili meet Tuesday in the tome of Mrs. Nita Hubbard, 1933 21st Ave. S., at 8 p.m. Co- hostess is Mrs. Ardyce Watson and the program will be on jew- elry given by Mrs. Perkins and Mrs. Marge Sanford. Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet in the home of Mrs. Joan Dingle, 2406 22nd Ave S., Tuesday at 8 p.m. There will no program and Mrs. Beth Gillis, social sponsor will show slides from her trip to Expo 70. Co-bostcss is Mrs. Eva Mercer. Monday keep-fit, 7 to 8 p.m. 8 to 9 p.m., swim 8 to 9 p.m. 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thurs- day mornings, keep fit to a.m., swim a.m. o a.m.. These classes are reld at the Civic Centre in co- operation with the City Parks and Recreation Department. Babysitting provided for all morning classes. Bridge classes at the resi- dence, Wednesdays 2 to 4 p.m. English classes in the north side library, Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Susie Baw- den, 7 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Lakeview, p.m. p.m., Galhraith, to to p.m.; Senator Buchanan, to 8 p.m. Girls Gymnastics (8 to 12 years) Allan Watson School, Tuesday, to p.m. Synchronized Swim (10 to 20 years) will be held at the Fritz Sick Pool from to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. Registrations taken at the pool. Ladies keep fit and swim 'ill be held as follows, A main argument against the committee system is that it lends itself to the bias of the committee. The Canadian Medical Association, which proposed the system, says the trend is toward more liberal application. SYSTEM NOT EVEN However, a glance at the figures shows how uneven the system is. Hamilton General Hospital, for instance, had 511 abortions in the first eight months of the year. In all Sas- katchewan, there were fewer than 100. Nancy Peterson, 23, who op- erates an abortion referral service for Women's Lib in Toronto, said the Toronto General, most liberal hospital there, has a quota of 18 abor- tions a week. The referral service often gets that many calls a day. Mrs. Peterson refers many callers to Buffalo, N.Y. IRONIES ABOUND Ironies abound in Quebec. Its birth rate, once- among Canada's highest, has slid steadily with the advent of the pill to the country's lowest. Yet only a handful of hospi- in performing abortions and many women go to New York for an abortion. Earlier this year, Dr. Henry Morgenthaler, president of the Humanist Association of Can- ada, was arrested by Mont- real police and charged with performing an illegal abortion in his office. Dr. Morgenthaler told1 a news conference his arrest panicked reputable physicians in Montreal and drove women into the hands of "back-room butchers." He was accompanied by a woman who said four doctors had told her abortions are ille- gal in Montreal. Jean-Paul Marcoux, head of the Quebec hospital plan, said recently his department has asked hospitals to provide fig- ures on therapeutic abortions. HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Members of the Golden Mile Drop-In Centre recently held a birthday party in the form of a dance and sing-song for Mr. Campbell Davis, age 86 ond Mrs. M. Rischer, age 93, both residents of Leth- bridge. Hospitals are supposed to re- port on abortions to the prov- inces, which are supposed to send figures to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. FIGURES ELUSIVE Newfoundland, Quebec and Manitoba h a v e n 't provided figures to DBS yet. A DBS survey released in August also excluded Saskatchewan, because of trouble with fig- ures. The survey of abortions in the April-June quarter of this year stowed 992 in six prov- inces: Ontario 456, B.C. 317, Alberta 132, N.S. 45, Nsw Brunswick 8, Prince Edward Island 2. DBS was unable to provide over-all figures for the period since Aug. 28, 1969, when the law became effective. Justice Minister John Turner, whose mail on abor- tion outruns that on drugs 5 to 1, wants a more complete re- porting system, including ap- plicants turned down. However, many applications never get before a hospital committee. The physician the woman sees may tell her it is useless to try. Thus an accurate portrayal of the source and demand for abortion is almost as difficult as in the days when the oper- ation was illegal. Women who favor abortion Have estimated that operations a year are performed, legally or ille- gally. SOJIE NOT AWARE Mr. Turner's mail reveals foggy notions of the-law and even unawareness that it ex- ists. One woman in Quebec wrote to advocate that abor- tion be made legal. Ann Landers I DEAR ANN LANDERS: Several months ago I approached my doctor ibout a vasectomy. He said he would send some material on the subject so I might better understand what I was asking. A few days later I received an envelope from "Planned These Watch-Dogs of Other People's Business sent, of charge, a form prying into my personal life. They wanted to know how many children we had, their ages, my fi- nancial status, etc. They didn't ask why we didn't want man children, but offered to "review my If it was worthy of consideration they would direct me to a doctor and recommend that I have the operation. I scribbled across the form that my personal life was none of their business and I hoped they would find some- thing better to do with their time and funds. Tell me, Ann Landers, what is Planned Parenthood doing in this act? Age of Aquarius DEAR AGE: The Chicago Chapter of Planned Parenthood knows nothing of such forms and they are as baffled as I. Please send me a copy of the form and I will lode into it. Planned Parenthood is an extremely fine national organization. If some local chapter is muddying the image, the Board of Directors wants to know about it. DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am writing in response to the woman who asked, "Must a parent die before his children appreciate I am a teen-ager who is asking the same question in reverse. Does a kid have to die before his parents appreciate him? I mean appreciate what HE is, not what they would like him to be. If my parents love me it is because they brought me Into the world and for no other reason. They don't know me well enough to love me for what I am because they don't know what I am. My parents are decent, upper-middle- class people, who like most other decent, Americans, want their daughters to graduate from college and have a degree so they can teach school if they should need to support themselves. For their sons they want success- ful careers as doctors or lawyers. I would dearly love to know my parents and have them know me but we live in different worlds and speak dif- ferent languages. I've tried to scale the wall that us, but it is too high. I can't make it. Shore DEAR WORTH: If you could peer through that wall you would probably see two decent, upper-middle-class parents who are also trying to scale the wall. They are older than you and it's a much tougher climb for them. There's a door in that wall one you've passed dozens of times but didn't realize was there. Look for it. And turn the knob gently. It's open. love is... slipping quietly into the other room when -he snores, L.A. TO T.O.I. BINGO Monday, Oct. 26th JACKPOT NOS. "20 ALARM BINGO" Gold Card Pay Doublt Door Priu-FrM Cardl (Many other extras) Regular 25c or 5 for 13th St. and 6lh Avo. 'A' N. No children under 16 allowed Mackenzie's Mod Travel Alarms! Time flies, sails and rails in a way-out stylish way with these Mad Mod Travel Alarms. Coloured and Golden dials with gayly covered floral cases. AFFILIATED WITH MAPPIN S LIMITED. INLETHBRIDGE: 613-4thAve.S. Telephone328-4214 ;