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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY- HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 70 The Lethbtridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 234 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TOO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Temporary Ceasefire Doctor Big Money On Abortions O r d e r e d In Jordan VANCOUVER (CP) A Vancouver doctor told In a hushed courtroom Thursday of a "nightmarish" three years during which he performed "hundreds" of abortion operations, earning income of in one year and driving himself to "the point of exhaustion" to meet the demand. Dr. Robert Makaroff 48, had entered pleas of guilty in an early court appearance to three charges of attempting to procure abortions. The charges were laid after a policewoman posed as a prospective pa- tient. Rev. Jack Kent, a Unitarian Church minister, who said he sent three women to Dr. Makaroff for abor- tions, and other witnesses made submissions for a light sentence. Dr. Makaroff, reading from a prepared statement, said his involvement with abortion began when he established his general practice near the University of British Columbia. "Perhaps as a result of my general convictions and my relocation in a university area, a growing general practice began to attract an ever-greater stream of desperate young people with unwanted he said. At that time, "like most doctors I did not do abortions." Practice Changed That changed three years ago after he had watch- ed "a number of girls who took the usual back-street route" to abortion. Many of them had "physically and mentally traumatic experiences." "Finally, I had a patient whose case aroused my sense of frustration and of pride and duty as a physician, and led me to break the law that at that time permitted few legal abortions." He said he had no idea of the underground de- mand for abortion. "But after the first case, word got around quickly and within a year I was so swamped with women pleading for abortions that I could not adequately cope...." He began to restrict his practice to abortion. Under questioning, he said his income last year was But he said he owes the federal govern- ment and is expected to pay income taxes of about 75 or 80 per cent. "Incredible as it may seem, I do not have assets that if liquidated under present circumstances would leave me and my wife very.much." Dr. Makaroff's wife is a psychiatrist. They have four ten-age 'his fee for an abortion operation was set at that level as a deterrent to try and ease, "a situation which at times was nothing short of nightmarish." But he said that many times he charged women much1 less than or nothing at all for the op- eration. He said he worked from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. the following morning six days a week, performing four operations a day. "I was frequently on the point of exhaustion." Dr. Makaroff said that he had never had the time or the inclination to press for changes in the law regulating abortion. But when the law was changed in August, 1969, he looked forward to some relief from the overwhelming demand. However, he said, the situation has not changed substantially, although some progressive hospitals are providing therapeutic abortions virtually on request. "Most Canadian women are not lucky enough to have access to these facilities cannot make use of the legal channels." Easy For Some He said "influential, wealthy women and women who are free of social and family barriers have never been prevented from having abortions done safely, discreetly and on demand." "It is outrageous that women who are not in these privileged groups are discriminated against by this He said the new law, under which hospitals es- tablish boards to consider requests for therapeutic abortions, violates patients' "right of privacy and humiliates them by exposing their plight to total strangers who have the power to determine their fu- ture. His statement that there is "a large ground swell of public opinion" seeking further reform in the law was emphasized by the presence of demonstrators from two women's liberation groups outside the court. He said that since the law has been changed, "my crime consists solely of having bypassed bureaucratic protocol." He said he has "scores of letters from grateful pa- tients" testifying that the operations were done with dignity, extreme care and practically no discomfort. Dr. Makaroff's lawyer, Richard Anderson, told Judge Harvey Sedgwick that "while there has been a breach of the law, any penalty at all would be wrong." "Dr. Makaroff may be technically guilty, but he Is morally right." Prosecutor Alan Cliffe said it was not his posi- tion to comment on the law. "The law may very well be stupid. I am not say- ing it is or it isn't. "The government has changed the law to give more scope for granting legal abortions. It should per- haps be expanded, but this is the law as it stands today. "Dr. Makaroff has flouted the law, not once but on hundreds of occasions. He said his motives were altruistic. "That could well have been at the outset, but the fact remains that he admitted earning in one year. "It was a wholesale operation of abortion. It de- veloped into a lucrative and successful business for a person trying single-handedly to change the laws of the country." NOT ALL EARS-Mini-skirted Susie Ann Chan, a senior at Wellesely College in Wellesley, Mass, and Charles Yost, U. S. ambassador to the United Nations, listen to a speech in the General Assembly room in the U.N. Building in New York on Thursday. Miss Chan, a nc'ive of San Francisco, recently was appointed the first youth adviser to the U. 5, Holds Birthday Interview Dief Still A 'Fighter' At 75 By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) There he sat, 75 years of age, his blue eyes still blazing under his crinkly hair, his menacing forefinger still stabbing the air and Ins nostrils snorting at the suggestion that John Disf- enbaker is about to takt things easy. He was out of that chair in a flash, digging through a mountainous mound of birth- day cards looking for those notes he would take into the Commons when it resumes. "You know what I want to he asked. "I want to see a committee of the House bring about a declaration of national to uplift the spirit of our young people, something to indicate the ideals of what this nation stands for. "That's what I am going to bring before the house. And I am going to do so because I fear more than anything else that our people are becoming crestfallen and are losing the sense of adventure to make this a great nation." Viet Cong Pounded By U.S. Planes PHNOM PENH (AP) Flight after flight of warplanes today pounded the North Viet- namese and Viet Cong troops who have blocked Ihe Cambo- dian government's first offen- sive of the war some 50 miles north of Phnom Penh. Good sources in Saigon jaid Hie planes were U.S. fighter- bombers. North Vietnamese troops at- tacked the Cambodian force Highway 6 Thursday and killed four government soldiers. Communist command forces were still operating to the rear of the government's forward line today. Three mortar rounds were reported fired on the Cam- bodians as more government reinforcements moved in. The Communist command was also reported reinforcing and resupplying. Pausing for a moment and reflecting on his 7lith birth- day, the old warrior smiled and said: "I have now come to that point in my life when my whole concern is my coun- try." Did this mean, perhaps, JOHN DIEFENBAKER Conservative warrior that John Diefenbaker's fight- ing political instincts were mellowing? Not likely. STILL FIGHTING Pacing the floor like an im- prisoned panther, Mr. Diefen- baker minced no words in de- scribing the government's re- forms of Parliament. "Ah, yes, they use those modern expressions like 'input' and 'output' and they are trying to turn this institu- tion into a Parliament of dig- its. "What they are d_oing is de- stroying the soul of this insti- tution. This place is the pres- ervation of freedom. "I'll be saying more about this." His tone was just like 1965 when he first saw then prime minister Pearson's proposed new Canadian flag. "Mr. Diefenbaker, what do you think of Robert Stan- There was a pause. "I think the question period has become, to a great extent, an opportunity for the govern- ment to engage in general self-approbation and a unique sense of self-satisfaction." After a brisk 114-mile walk, Mr. Diefenbaker had arrived at his Centre Block office in fighting trim. No one would have thought he had just fin- ished a painful five-week bout with shingles. "When you ask me how I feel, I have to tell you that I just canit believe it myself. "And I tell you this, loo. I am glad I stayed on in politics after 1968 (when Mr. Stanfield took over the "I have never enjoyed the House more." 'Bye fellows1. Great party! See ypa next Overdose Of Drugs LJ Kills Singer LONDON (Reuters) Ameri- can pop singer Jimi Hendrix, 24, died from a drug overdose here today, a hospital spokes- man announced. The spokesman said Hendrix was admitted to hospital while still alive but died shortly be- fore noon. Hendrix, one of the greatest influences on pop music re- turned to London Tuesday from a European tour. Hendrix, grandson of a Chero- kee Indian, was born In Seattle, Wash. From AP-Heuters BEIRUT (CP) The Jordan- ian army was ordered today to observe a temporary ceasefire to give Palestinian Arab guer- rilla forces an opportunity to surrender without further blood- shed. The ceasefire order was is- sued by FMd Marshal Habis Majali on the second day of sharp fighting in Jordan. The battle spread into northern Jor- dan near the Syrian border dur- ing the day. The army claimed it was in control in Amman and the former guerrilla stronghold of Zarqa, 15 niiles northeast of A military communique said King Hussein's forces controlled 16 Amman districts and were carrying out mopping up opera- tions. There remained no word about the Wahdat area in the outskirts of the capital where 54 hostages from last week's plane hijackings are believed held. Neither side has mentioned the hostages in the last two days. Majali's order, broadcast by Jordan's official radio from Amman, the capital, said: "In view of the growing num- ber of brother commandos who arc joining the royal armed forces, we have ordered the armed forces to cease fire tem- porarily to give the fedayeen a chance to join the ranks of the armed forces. We hope the fe- dayeen will make good use of this chance." The fedayeen are the Pales- tinian guerrillas. MAY NOT NEGOTIATE The wording of Majali's ceas- efire Order made it clear he was not prepared now to negotiate with the guerrillas on the terms he had offered them Thursday. King Hussein named Majali to head the Jordanian government on Wednesday. Fighting broke out shortly afterward. The top guerrilla commaiid rejected Majali's ceasefire offer on Thursday. The terms in- cluded acceptance by the guer- rillas of an army safe conduct to the front line with Israel, where they could fight "the Envoy OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment Thursday finally con- firmed reports that the soldier's friend, Defence Minister Leo C a d i e u x, will replace Paul Beaulieu as Canadian ambassa- dor to France. After three years as a calm- ing influence in the ticklish de- fence job, the 62-year-old practi- cal politician leaves this week- end for Paris and a new diplo- matic career. Mr. Beaulieu. in uncertain health, takes on the less de- manding job of ambassador to Portugal, replacing Michael Gauvin, 51, of Quebec City. Mr. Gauvin becomes ambassador to Greece, replacing H. F. Feaver, who is retiring. The departure of Mr. Cadieux confirms half of the widely-re- ported story making the rounds that Mr. Cadieux's move would permit Donald Macdonald, pres- ident of the privy council, to move up to the defence portfo- lio. It is still expected that Mr. Macdonald, who is also u o new diplomatic career ment House leader, will get the promotion. He is close to Prime Minister Trudeau and played a key role in me latter's succes- ful bid to succeed Lester Pear- son as Liberal leader and prune minister in 1968. Israel Discussed Oil WASHINGTON (AP) Is- raeli Premier Golda Meir con- ferred with President Nixon today on Israel's developing need for more United States support in its conflict with the Arab states and on the possi- bilities of starting active peace negotiations with Egypt. Nixon was prepared to assure the Israeli leader of extensive new U.S. economic assistance and continuing military help. He was also prepared to urge her to get into active peace talks promptly. The 72-year-old Israeli leader was expected to emphasize at today's .meetings 'her govern- ment's dissatisfaction over American failure to demand that Egypt 'back missile bases deployed near the Suez Canal in alleged violation of the Mrs. Meir's concern that Israel had been placed at a severe military disadvantage on the Suez front since the ceasefire went into effect Aug. 7. She has refused to let her representa- tives engage in preliminary peace exchanges with Arab en- voys at the United Nations be- cause of the missile issue. The United States has backed Israel's charge that Egypt has violated the military-standstill accord which is part of the ceasefire agreement. Washing- ton has called on Egypt and supplies the anti- aircraft missiles to "rectify" the deployment. Ships Ready sponsored by the United States. U.S. officials hoped Nixon's fresh assurance of support 'would ba sufficient to offset common enemy." canal m allegec, violation of tne m IP The official Amman radio standstill agreement Americans WASHINGTON (CP) Tha defence department ordered ad- ditional ships and planes moved into the Mediterranean today to beef up United States forces standing by for the possible evacuation of Americans from strife-torn Jordan. Department spokesman Jerry W. Friedheim announced that "certain precautionary steps" involving elements of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean the Atlantic Fleet and the position- ing of additional U.S. Air Force transport planes were being taken should they be needed for evacuation. Officials said that no military intervention was planned. About 400 Americans now are in Jordan, including 38 per- sons still held hostage in the airline hijackings by Palestinian guerrillas two weeks ago. U.S. officials indicated that ships of the Atlantic Fleet were steaming into the Eastern Medi- terranean where some elements of the 6th Fleet have been standing by off the Lebanese and Israeli coasts since the hi- jackings. said the ceasefire ordered by Majali today will provide the guerrillas with an opportunity to cross over to the army "with an assurance for their personal safety." The radio recalled that the armed forces had been ordered earlier to treat every defecting guerrilla "with" honor and dign- ity." The broadcast did not state the time limit for the ceasefire. Guerrilla communiques broadcast by radio stations in Syria and Iraq claimed fighting continued in Amman and else- where. Bloody clashes were re- ported during the night. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN "jyiTXED UP Maureen Racz going fishing and catch- ing a duck on her line eight-year old Karen Walters seeing a kitten limping on the street and taking it to the veterinarian for treatment Fort Macleod Mayor Ken Hurlburt having trouble with his words at a court house sod turning, welcom- ing guests to the "tod surn- More Auto Workers Laid Off DETROIT CAP) The effects of the strike by the United Auto Workers against General Mo- tors Corp. snowballed: as the work stoppage entered its fourth day today. Michigan, home of about half of the men on strike in the United States and Canada, was hardest hit. But other places were beginning to feel the pinch as well. A General Motors spokesman reported that more UAW members at nine of 27 plants which were exempted from strike action by the union were laid, off at the end of the second shift Thursday. This brought to the number of workers laid off by GM since the start of the strike, almost 16 per cent of the work force at the exempted plants. Ottawa Plans U.S. Urges Action Birth Control To Quell Hijacks MONTREAL (CP) The United States today urged mem- ber countries of the Interna- tional Civil Aviation Organiza- tion to suspend services to and from any country that: e t a i n s for international blackmail purposes the passen- gers and crew of any aircraft that has been unlawfully seized; to extradite or prose- cute persons responsible for acts of unlawful seizure involv- ing the detention of passengers, crew or aircraft for interna- tional blackmail purposes. John Volpe, United States transportation secretary, made the proposal to a special meet- ing of the 27-couatry executive council of 1CAO, convened at tile request of U.S. President Nixon, who last week described the threat of air piracy es an "international menace." Mr. Volpe said the U.S. pro- posal is designed to establish agreement on the general prin- ciple that concerted, multilat- eral sanctions are appropriate in certain circumstances. It would probably require a request from an individual country to trigger the mecha- nism for international action, but the international aviation community then should imple- ment the sanctions amounting to a boycott of air traffic to and from an offending country. OTTAWA (CP) The federal announced today it will become actively involved in birth control programs r.t home and abroad. Health Minister John Munro said Hie government will set up a program of research, training and public information hi family planning for Canadians. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said Canada will, in turn, provide birth con- trol information (o other coun- tries as part of its international aid program. Mr. Sharp said the Cana- dian International Development Agency has been authorized to develop a birth'control program aimed mainly at assisting devel- oping countries. ;