BABCOCK SIGNS PKU MEASURE
Babcock Signs PKU Measure Montana has become the fifth state to provide mandatory testing of newborn infants for phen ylketonuria, a condition Hint can cause mental retard a lion. Gov. Tim Babcock signed the bill mak ing the measure a law. If phenylketonuria, or PKU ; it is commonly called, is und leeteri and untreated In the first few days of life, severe retards tion can result. Willi proper diet the condition can be Overcome and reinitiation prevented The new law aulhorii Stntc Board of Health to eslab lish rules governing the testinE of all new babies. Mrs. Frank Kelly, president of the Rocky Mountain Association [or Retard ed Children, was Instrument having the measure introduced The Bulte woman's proposal received support from the Montana Association for Retarded Children and Adults. Members of Ihe organization that promoted the bill were Sylvia Casey, governmental affairs chairman; Helen Kovich, treasurer, Lewis and Clark ARC; Joyce Vashro, secretary MARC; Dr. A. E. Wcstwcll, executive secretary of MARC; Thomas Sargent, state publicity director.