Sunday, Au_i$_%f^"^ "'Houston ChronicST
Taking up sewing for a
With Gov. William P. Clements Jr. waiting in his
inner office to discuss legislation, Lt. Gov. Bill
Hobby, right, waits impatiently as staff member
Karen Newman sews a button on his coat.
There s something very strange going on here. I mean he waits impatiently? What's
that smirk on his face? This is really a very humiliating photo. Certainly it's not
one a friend - (and I wonder if he is one in his lord it over her stance) - would
allow taken. A high class Kiss . What a shame.
Doctors are surgically
enlarging the vaginal
openings of many women
during childbirth even
though the benefits of this
routine practice have not
been proven, two government researchers said
The researchers, in a
report to be published
through the medical journal Women and Health,
said that the surgical cut,
called an epislotomy, is
useful in some difficult
deliveries but has become
a routine and unnecessary
practice in many delivery
rooms. The procedure increases the risk of infection and protracted pain
after delivery, and should
be used with care, they
statistics show that incisions to enlarge the vagina are done in about 70
percent of all non-Caesa-
rean section births in the
' United States. And their
« study of medical literature indicates that up to 90
: percent of all women in
this country giving birth
for the first time have
episiotomies if they don't
have Caesareans, they
No-fuS6 contraceptive: Six hollow rods, packed
with chemicals and implanted in women's arms, have been
providing birth control for five to seven years in tests under
The long-Lasting and no-fuss method of contraception is
believed by some scientists to be capable of lasting 10 years.
Dr. Harold Nash of the Population Council, which Is overseeing the research, said the rods are about the thickness of
a wooden kitchen match and one-and-one-quarter-inches
. long. They are filled with the steroid Levonargestrel.
Nash said in an interview that the rods are injected, one
at a time, into the inside forearm or inside upper arnu They
are placed just beneath the skin.
He said an advantage of the implants in the arm is that
over the years they stay pretty much where they have been .
put and do not "migrate" the way some long-lasting implants have when placed elsewhere.
The tubes are silastic, or rubber-Like. The chemical Inside
dif-uses through tube walls.
Nash, associate director of the Council's Center for Biomedical Research, said tests with the arm tube contraceptive method are part of studies going on in Brazil, Chile,
Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Denmark and Finland.
To turn off the contraception via implant, scientists said,
the rods must be removed. (UPI)
The Houston Post/Fri., July 31, 1981
WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to bar
government workers from using federal health insurance coverage to pay for abortions except when the
mother's life is endangered.
The action came on a 253467 vote to approve an
amendment by Rep. John Ashbrook, R-Ohio, to the
1982 Treasury-Postal Service appropriations bill. The
House then approved the entire appropriations bill
and sent it to the Senate.
Ashbrook said it was similar to the abortion bans
Congress has imposed on federal programs like
But its critics, calling it a dangerous precedent,
said the ban was "many, many steps bevond what we
have done in other forms of anti-abortion
Contending the ban makes "second-class citizens
of female federal workers, they raised the specter that
Congress could move in the future to extend the ban to
health insurance policies covering workers in private
The ban would take effect after the last day of the
health insurance contracts currently in effect.
llieSm^estWa_-;tUnes in History
Fashions come and go, and so ckj
tastes in waists. The American
"perfect figure** is often touted as
**36-24-36." But some lovely ladies
have measured in at nearly half that
around the middle.
On the chubby side of this list is Anna
Held, who was imported from France
by Florenz Ziegfekl for his glamorous
Follies. The "hourglass girl" (who later
rfiarried Ziegfeld) ha4 an 18-inch waist.
Catherine de Medici. Queen or
France, .was a 16-incher who decreed j
that the waists of her ladies-in-waiting |
must measure no more than 13 inches, j
Mademoiselle Polaire was a French j
stage actress who died in 1939 Her mere t
13 inches are rivaled today by Ethel j
Granger of f^terborough in Britain. This!
76-year-old housewife has maintained at j
least part of her girlish figure—a 13-inch j
waist. __ . . - _ ■ 1
QUESTION: What is common to these four articles?
ANSWER: Pain for women.
Researchers say men could bear babies
MELBOURNE, Australia (UPI) - It
is theoretically possible for men to bear
children, two eminent Australian researchers said in an interview published
Prof. Geoffrey Thorburn and Dr.
Richard Harding of Monash University
told the Melbourne Age newspaper there
is no biological reason why an embryo
fertilized in a laboratory could not be
implanted in a man's abdomen where it
would mature and be delivered by Caesarian section.
The two men, who have studied the
capability of the fetus to regulate its
own envelopment, said research indicate.* .•' etus and the placenta are the
rr. . sources of hormones in pregnancy
an J manipulate the mother, rather than
vice vei-sa as previously thought.
"There is more and more evidence
that the fetus is a very clever parasite
and many.of the changes which occur
through pregnancy are the mother responding to the tune being played on her
by the fetus," Thorburn told the Age.
Thorburn emphasized, though, he
would never advocate male child-
If a fetus is implanted in a man, it
might produce the same changes women
undergo during pregnancy, such as
morning sickness and breast development. There were also such hazards as
the fetus attaching to the wrong place
ana problems regarding the placenta, he
Prof. Carl Wood, of Monash University's test-tube baby program — which
has resulted in 11 test-tube births — said
embryos had been successfully implanted in male mice. He also noted women
occasionally give birth to babies with
placentas attached to an internal organ
other than the uterus, such as the bowel.