Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 14
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 14

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PAGE 14 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N · · THURSDAY, FEBRUARY I, 1973 Catholic laity group high court abortion ruling HOUSTON (AP) - A' national Roman Catholic organization has voiced approval of the recent Supreme Court ruling that the question of abortion is a matter solely between a woman and her physician through the sixth month of pregnancy. The ruling voided all state laws'to the contrary. Janis Ross, the chairman of the National Association of Laity's Human Life Committee, said yesterday the organization "applauds the decision of the Supreme Court in respecting the right of individ- 1 ual privacy in making a per- sonal decision on this very sensitive matter." "As Catholics, we of the NAL believe the action of the court is not inconsistent with the Catholic Church's teaching on the importance of the exercise of individual conscience in matters of morality," said Mrs. Ross, a mother of four. "We are concerned that the Catholic hierarchy in the United States has not .allowed any options for people to exercise responsible parenthood. "Contraceptives, ' sterilizations and abortions are not morally acceptable to them, which leaves people no method of limiting their families. "The hierarchy simply does not" represent the total "thinking of the Catholic Church." She 'added that the high court's decision "in no way impedes the rights of our church or any other religious body from teaching a doctrine which might limit or prohibit the exercise of abortion proceedings for its members." Mrs. Ross said she believes her group -- which has about 24 affiliates and 4,000 members nationwide -- would oppose any constitutional amendment seeking to overturn the court decision. The Girls FDA to rule a "The trouble with girdles is they go on without a bit of trouble until you're in a hurry to go somewhere and then they don't." WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it "will decide within a few weeks whether to approve "morning-after" birth control pills, already in use on: college campuses. The agency said it will keep secret the recommendations, of an advisory committee. The 'most commonly prescribed "morning-after" birth control drug is diethylstilbest- rbl (DES), recently linked to rare vaginal and uterine cancer in scores of young women whose/mothers took it during pregnancy to prevent miscarriages. An estimated two .million women were exposed to DES. Dr. A.L. Herbst of Harvard Medical School told the advisory panel that he has identified 137 victims of genital cancer, investigation of 66'of the victims, aged 8 to 25, showed 48 were exposed to synthetic estrogens while in the womb, he said. DES is available as a prescription drug for several maladies including post menopausal vaginitis, breast' catt- cer, prostate cancer and relief of "breast engorgement after childbirth: | ' · Dr. Lucille Kuchera o f ; the University of Michigan Health Service, who claims to have- treated 1,000 women consecutively , without a pregnancy, said DES is effective only if taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. She told the panel -DBS works by preventing the fertilized egg from implanting itself. The National institutes of Healtirplan to study the safety and effectiveness of estrogens for post ;coital birth control, tine' committee was'/told,'' but there are no plans to include · DES in the clinical trials. Researchers and physicians have expressed concern over a possible cancer -.·risk' to a fetus if the woman does not know she Is pregnant and takes DES. Dr. Roy Hertz of New York' Medical College suggested that official approval of DES for birth control be delayed until all questions are an, swered. Dr. Sidney ,M. Wolfe, diret tor of Ralph"" Nader's Health Research Group, said that, at the very minimum, labels should warn against prescribing 'the drug' for women who are pregnant, or who have family histories of breast or genital cancer. ART FROM BALI .ON DISPLAY AT LEVY'S contemporary paintings, sculpture, artifacts; the collection on loan ! from William Neil Smith. Fiesta Auditorium, upper level. J fresh sprng Lewfe Sports Shop, mall level COORDINATED DOUBLE KNITS BY ALEX COLMAN The climate's right for a change of pace. Greet the new season in vests, jackets, pants of Streamliner Twill® Dacron® polyester double knit, teamed with those famous print tops in bright and happy colors. 8 to 18, $15-$28. El Cm: shop Monty, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10-!; Toeslay I Jatorday 10-t; SnHay 12-5. Cad Lily's TOLL-FREE aywim ift Arizona; dial MII-3EM132. Tucson area dial 795-5000. To* LEVY CNAR6E CARD lets JM tay anytime... fim y* a tMco of trays to tay. Art, fir 1*1* petals, BI NT tf A (CmMiMt fayitit Accwti) with nmtlily payments to fit your

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