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Page 6-Wednesday, May 16, 1979-The Michigan Daily
From staff and UPI reports
SState Senate Health Committee
Pierc' e asks Chairman Edward Pierce (D-Ann Ar-
bor) yesterday called for a 10-week
delay in action on a bill that would ban
publicly-funded abortions for poor
women. Pierce suggested holding a
series of detailed public hearings on the
bill historical, legal, legislative, moral, and
economic aspects of the highly
emotional issue.
According to Pierce aide Terry Red-
i ford, the committee could decide after
the hearings whether it wanted to send
the bill to the floor of the Senate for
abortions debate.
"I THINK IT'S a very important
issue that should be studied as
thonrouhlv as nnssihl" Piera sad

"The issue has not been studied
thoroughly by the legislature in several
years."
Pierce, who is known to be against
the bill, said he expects the bill to be
passed even if his proposed hearings
are held.
"I expect to lose on this issue," he
said. "The handwriting is on the wall. If
I lose after everybody is fully informed,
I'd accept that."
THE CONTROVERSIAL bill was in-
troduced by Sen. Edgar Fredericks (R-
Holland), and would ban state funded
abortions unless the woman's life were
in danger. Similar legislation has been
vetoed by Gov. William Milliken on
three different occasions, and it is
fairly certain that he would do so again

should the bill reach his desk.
Pierce's suggestion that the conx
sideration of the bill be prolonged was
not received well by at least two com-
mittee members.
"My feeling is, that's an awful lot of
time," said Sen. William Sederburg (R-
East Lansing).
Last year, an identical anti-abortion
bill was forced from the health commit-
tee by discharge and eventually was
sent to Milliken.
FREDRICKS SAID he may be willing
to wait one week for further committee
action-but not much longer-before
again pushing for a discharge.
Pierce, however, said he is not at all
bothered by the 10-week delay.

New kidney stone
treatment reported

From UPI with staff reports
University researchers yesterday
reported development of an improved
procedure for treating painful kidney
stones using a surgical gell made-from
a blood plasma concentrate.
The gell, which traps the stones and
allows their removal through a small
incision at the base of the kidney, could
mean better treatment for about half
the patients requiring surgery for the
ailment, University urologists said.
THE GELL, which has been used in
the past on hemopheliacs, was
suggested by a urologist during the
1940s, according to Dr. L. Paul Sonda.
Attempts were made to use it on
removal of kidney stones, but there was
not much success at the time.
Use of the gell in surgery is not com-
plicated and it can. be applied by any
trained urologist, said Dr. C. Peter
Fischer, who detailed the technique in
the Journal of Investigative Urology.
Fischer, along with Sonda and Dr.
Ananias Diokno, reported a 91 per cent
success rate in removing kidney stones
from 15 patients treated with the gell
method alone at University Hospital
during the past 14 months.
Although not applicable in all cases of-
kidney stone surgery, Fischer said
the gell could provide useful results for
40-50 per cent of patients.
THE GELL IS available through.

community blood banks at a cost of
about $11 and, since it can be supplied
through screened blood donors, there is
virtually no hepatitis risk, Fischer said.
University urologists now use the
technique routinely in applicable cases,
the researchers said.
The gell mixture-a combination of
the plasma concentrate, calcium and
sterile cowthrombine-is injected into
the cavity at the base of the kidney
where urine and stones collect.
THE MATERIAL firms up in about 30
seconds and can be removed in three
minutes with surgical forceps. Any gell
that might remain inside the kidney
would dissolve completely in urine
within 24 hours, Fischer said.
Doctors said the gell treatment is
particulrly effective in removing
"floating" stones, which move around
inside the kidney, causing blockage of
the organ, leading to infection and
severe pain.
Sonda said, the coagulum produces a
clot "stronger than what the body
would normally produce."
In 40 per cent of the cases, Sonda
stated, small stones trapped in the
coagulum hadn't shown up on x-rays.
He said the coagulum "provides more
complete removal" of the stones.
He also said that there may be some
application of the gell to gall stone
cases. The gell will dissolve in bile, he
said, but there have been no develop-
ments thus far.

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U.S. recalls ambassador
(Continued from Page3) to C hile
over the decision. tment is "committed to ensuring that
Chilean Supreme Court President this case sets no precedent for this type
Israel Borquez cited insufficient of terrorist act."
evidence Monday in rejecting the U.S. Spokesman Carter said the strength
request for the extradition of the three of the U.S. evidence against the three
officers-retired Gen. Manuel Con- officers was confirmed last February
treras Sepulveda, Col. Pedro Espinoza when a Washington jury convicted two
Bravo and Capt. Armando Fernandez other defendants in the case.
Larios. "WE DO NOT believe that Monday's
Letelier, a socialist Chilean exile decision was consistent with inter-
leader, was killed ina 1976 car-bombing national norms of justice," Carter said.
in Washington. On Monday, Borquez The U.S. case against the three rested
said the United States had presented in- largely on the testimony of Michael
sufficient evidence in its request for the Townley, a U.S. citizen who had worked
extradition of the three army officers. for the Chilean secret police. He con-
DISPUTING BORQUEZ'S finding, fessed his involvement in the slaying
Carter told reporters, "The evidence and was sentenced to 40 months to 10
submitted by the United States to the years injail. -
Chilean Supreme Court was clearly suf- Carter also said the United States will
ficient tosupport extradition." appeal and urge reversal of the
At the Justice Department, Attorney Borquez decision. He said the ad-
General Griffin Bell issued a similar ministration hopes the panel of the
statement. He called Letelier's murder Supreme Court conducting the review
'a )'heinous .crime'. andsaid thedepar , will order extradition.-. .

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