Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
'Federal abortion laws should be stricken from books9 Varied lights flicker over abortion By PETER MICHAELSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA (CP) A majority of doctors believe federal abortion laws should be stricken from the books, leaving therapeutic abortion decisions up to patient and doctor, suggests a study published in the current issue of The Canadian Journal of Public Health. The study, which also finds most doctors agreeing that social and economic factors are grounds for abortion, is based on a survey of 167 general practitioners, obstetricians and gynecologists with hospital privileges at any of Ottawa's five public general hospitals. The federal position, staunchly supported by Justice Minister Otto Lang and spelled out under Section 251 of the Criminal Code, is that abortion is a crime unless approved by a hospital abortion 'committee to save a woman's life, or'health. However, many if not most of the therapeutic abortions performed in Canada are on social or mental grounds, which federal laws imply are valid under a broad definition of health. The study, prepared by Murray Diner, ad- ministrator of an Ottawa nursing home, also found a majority of the doctors believed that abortions'could be performed successfully at facilities other than hospitals. The Criminal Code says abortions can be performed only at accredited or approved hospitals. A majority of the doctors also disagreed with another aspect of the legislation. They said no publicly funded hospitaUtas the right to prohibit an abortion on moral or religious grounds, whereas the law gives any hospital this right. Religious convictions and type of medical practice influence a physician's opinions about abortion, the study found. Roman Catholic doctors and doctors who do not per- form abortions tended to have more conser- vative views about the procedure. For instance, only 46 per cent of Catholic doctors agreed that therapeutic abortion should be removed from the Criminal Code, compared with 85 per cent of Jewish doctors, 59 per cent of Anglican'doctors and 86 per cent of doctors not declaring any religion. Moreover, only four per cent of physicians who perform abortions disagreed that social and economic factors are acceptable for approving an abortion request, while 34 per cent of doctors who do not perform abortions disagreed. However, 81 per cent of general prac- titioners and 92 per cent of obstetricians and gynecologists believed that abortion should not be looked upon as a birth control method. The study says "doctors seem to see abor- tion.as strictly a back up to other responsi- ble means of family planning." The Canadian Medical Association has recommended that therapeutic abortion decisions should be a matter between patient and doctor. The association says therapeutic abortion committees in hospitals have too many cases and not enough time to make sound decisions. Monday, October 28, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD The Homemaker -The Herald Family 'Lawyers of bureaucracy stifling Soviet science9 BINGO MOD., OCT. 28th Jackpot in 56 Noa. S1 OokJ Pay DouMa Door Canto jr- Regular or S for SI 13th St and 6th AM. "A" N. No Children under 16 allowed VANCOUVER (CP) Biologist Zhores Medvedev, deprived last year of his Rus- sian citizenship for expressing unorthodox views, said this week that Soviet science, once suffocated by ideology, now is being stifled by lawyers of bureaucracy. Russia has twice as many scientists as the United States, more scientific in- stitutes, more universities and more science students, PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES SSOQJLACKOUTi (Played UMH Won) LETHBRIDGEELKS LODGE ROOM (Upataira) EVERYTHURS.-8p.il BINGO RAINBOW HALL Ave. N. 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In turn the government chooses a few projects which will receive practically un- limited financial support for example, the space program or the Gian Serpukhov Parti- cle Accelerator. FABRIC SALE NEW STOCK BUCK-A-YARD 5000 YD. SWEATER KNITS VD Wtf W mZ" UPHOLSTERY-------- ICOTTON KNITS YD. Exclusive dMtor In for PFAFF SEWING MACHINES FAHHY'S FABRIC FACTORY LETHBRIDGE LTD Club corner The Lethbridge Chapter of the Sweet Adelines meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the church basement, 42012th St. S. Women interested in singing four part harmony and good fellowship are in- vited to attend. Does it sound strange to be offered advice by a preschooler? Children are usually straightforward and honest in their demands. Sometimes it takes patience to listen and heed the advice, but it's well worth your effort. Here is a bit of advice collected by Margaret Connet from the Extension Service at the University of Alaska. Please don't walk so fast when we go places together my legs are short and I can't keep up with your long legs. Besides, there are many things I need to see and investigate along the way. My attention span is lots of things last too long like shopping and visiting, and sometimes even the games you play with me. When I'm frightrened of a big dog or something, please pick me up and hold me; that helps more than telling me you won't let anything hurt me. .Sometimes it would be nice if you would talk to me and ex- plain why we have to do things, or tell me what is go- ing to happen ahead of time when it is something new to me then I'll know what to do. Sometimes, you might even just have a conversation with me about anything; it would make me feel I belong- ed to this family, too. Sometimes big people get in such a hurry they tell me about six things all at the same time. I get confused when people say things like afternoon we're going to grandmother's, get your coat, finish your lunch, choose what toy you want to take, wash your hands, and what shoes do you have I have trouble sitting still in the car even when you keep telling me to 'cause it's not very interesting to look at the back of the seat or that dashboard thing I'm too lit- tle to see what's outside and sit down like you want me to. While we're on the subject, sometimes my neck hurts try- ing to see what's on the dining room table or looking at big people's faces. Please put me on a chair or you bend down to me. Would you please fix it so you know whether or not I un- derstand what you want me to do before you get mad at me for doing something you ex- pected me to do. Please give me time to do things for myself. I'm slow and haven't learnd how to put my clothes on yet, much less do it fast. Please remember that I am in the room as a person and not a piece of the furniture when you tell secrets or private things to other big people. How do I know what should not be repeated? When you or daddy won't eat certain foods, talk about being afraid of the water, not liking school, are afraid of dentists and hospitals and doc- tors, why do you expect me to like them or not be afraid? Sometimes I wish you'd ex- plain to me why you get in arguments with me. I know I lost, but it is sometimes fun to get you riled up, but why do you let yourself get involved? You know better. I may be small and don't know about lots of things yet, but I'm not stupid! Please don't treat me as if I can't un- derstand anything that is go- ing on. ATTENTION! OPENING NOV. 1ST THE HAIR HUT 325-7thStrMtS. Phom 327-6730 ANNUAL FALLTEA SALE OF BAKERY, SEWING WED., OCT. 30th, 2 p.m. St. Mary's Church Hall 53912th St. C N. Sponsored by St. Mary's A.C.W. Club 34 ROSALIND KIRKHAM Country Club elects executive The ladies section of the 'Lethbridge" recently elected Rosalind Kirkham to serve as president for the 1974-75 term. Other members of the ex- ecutive are Margaret Green, past president; Jean Galbfaith, vice president; Betty Purdy, secretary; and Neva Wilson, treasRr Other committees were also chosen. Citizen Court will be held at a.m. Tuesday in the Lethbridge Court House. Inspector A. J. Niedzwiecki and Judge G. V. Sinclair will preside. Sir Alexander Gait Chapter, IODE, is hostessing. The 1914 1918 War Veterans members are to please note that the Ar- mistice Memorial service will be held Nov. 14 instead of the regular date. The monthly Legion crib- ,bage party-will be .held at 2 p.m. Tuesday-in the clubrooms. This is for men and women. More Family page 14 Treat Yourself MANICURE Wtth Shampoo 4 Set LAKEVIEW BEAUTY SALON PhOM 327-4843 PUBLIC BINGO EVERY TUESDAY it 8P.M. 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