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News Phone: 764-0552

Editor's No
a Women's H(
Revenue Shari
articles, Betit
er, and Kathy
of the Comm
state why the
the second ar
ber, City c
Ward, explain

unding a woi
te: Should funding for medical information and health re-
[ealth Clinic come from serh cnu
rg? In the first oftwo search, consumer complaint pro-
a Cowan, Laurie Leving- cedures, rape and menopausal
Okun, three supporters counseling, dispensing of prescrip-
nunity women's Clinic, tion drugs, laboratory, and a phar-
tey believe it should. In
rticle below, Robert Fa- macy or dispensary.
ouncilman for second It is clear that a medical facil-
Ls his opposition to such ity like the Community Women's
Clinic will fill a tremendous need
C om m ity in the community for high gality,
O / " J low cost and compassionate medi-
,en's Clinic cal care. This need is currently
unmet (and in fact ignored) by es-
tablished medical institutions. St.
Joseph Hospital refuses to do
mendous abortions. Presently J. Robert Wil-
son of University Women's H o c-
ed . . pital holds a monopoly on delivery
of women's health care in Wash-


men's clinic:

Two views

Pointless drug arrests

Thursday's arrest of three dormitory
residents on drug charges by state
police again demonstrates the misguided
priorities of both law enforcement agen-
cies and the University, and a willingness
to ignore reality.
The issue is again one of victimless
crime. While the total rate of such ser-
ious crimes as rape, theft and breaking
and entering are increasing 25 per cent
both in the dormitories and in the gen-
eral off-campus areas, such drug arrests
in the dormitories seem pointless.
County Sheriff Fred Postill has an-
nounced that marijuana activities and
other victimless crimes will receive his
lowest priority, but city Police Chief Wal-
ter Krasny said Thursday that there "ob-
viously was a need developing for a more
concentrated effort in this area." We
hope Krasny's statement is not a predic-
tion of a campus-wide drug campaign.
The area needing concentration is not
victimless crime.
Armed robberies involving marijuana
will not be stopped by eviction, as we have

stated before. The student may be evict-
ed, but marijuana use will not leave at
the same time. A crack-down on dormi-
tory drug use will create an atmosphere
of repression and paranoia. But given the
reality of marijuana use in the dormitor-
ies in particular and the campus in gen-
eral, a crack down will not meet the
armed robbery threat. And the problems
of assault and theft in dormitories will
not be touched.
Yet University housing officials ap-
pear to be ready to crack down on drug
use of all kinds in dormitories. This atti-
tude first became apparent last month
when the Housing office began proceed-
ings to evict an East Quad victim of a
marijuana-related armed robbery.
The Daily believes that arrests for pos-
session of marijuana are pointless. Com-
batting victimless crime should not be a
high priority of either police agencies or
the University. Let's leave marijuana
alone and turn our attention to the more
serious crimes that affect the Univer-
sity community.

Watergate truth emerging

jN AN appearance on the Dick Cavet
show. Thursday night, Presidentia
aide Peter Flannigan stated that he
couldn't understand why everyone was
so upset over a few Cubans trying "t
read Larry O'Brien's mail."
Yesterday's developments may begin t
explain why we are so concerned abou
Watergate. Convicted defendant James
McCord, in a letter to presiding Judge
John Sirica, has admitted for the first
time that "there was political pressure
applied to the defendants (in the Water-
gate trial) to plead guilty and remain
There are widespread implications
from this statement. The Administration
has held firm to a position that the group
convicted of breaking into the Watergate
building last year for political espionag
purposes was acting on its own, and had
no connection to the White House. Yet
there are strong opinions to the contrary
During the trial in January, an uncon-
firmed report by United Press Interna-
tional cited sources as reporting that the
Watergate defendants were being offered
$1,000 each for every month spent in jail
and an additional lump sum upon release
Though never confirmed, this report now
seems more believable.
McCord also stated that perjury had
occured in the trial "in matters highly
material to the very structure, orienta-
tion and impact of the government's case
and to the motivation and intent of the
Today's stoff:
News: Bob -Barkin, Jack Krost, Chris
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Martin Stern
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Photo Technician: Thomas Gottlieb

t McCord further indicated that there
a were others involved in the Watergate in-
e cident whose names were not revealed,
s and that the CIA wasn't responsible for
o the break-in
McCord thus requested a private audi-
a ence with Sirica, expressing concern
t about talking in the presence of any gov-
s ernmental officials or FBI agents.
e IT SHOULD NOW be clear that the Wat-
ergate break-ins was part of a, larger
e conspiracy, going far beyond just the
- "reading" of former Democratic Party
1 Chairman Lawrence O'Brien's mail.
The Administration is obviously most
s suspect, for they had the most to gain in
1 pre-election sabotage and espionage. Yet,
? everyone, even one's government is en-
e titled to a judgement of innocent until
e proven guilty.
1 In which case. the major question is,
if the Nixon administration is indeed in-
nocent of involvement with the Water-
gate group, then why aren't they at-
- tempting to locate the real culprits?
President Nixon's refusal to discuss
x Watergate, as well as his extension of
executive privilege to his past and pres-
ent underlings (to prevent them from
v talking to Senate investigators) only
throws more suspicion on the Nixon ad-
I ministration.
Y It is reassuring, however, to know that
- attempts are being made by the Senate
and other concerned individuals to make
the truth known. Hopefully, the scope of
the "conspiracy" will not extend to the
point of posing a threat to the public's
right to know, which in the case of Wat-
ergate, remains extremely important.
IT WILL BE a let-down of sorts if Nixon
himself is implicated in the Water-
gate scandal. After all, we do know how
concerned he is with crime in our coun-

CAN YOU get an abortion in Ann
Arbor? No!
Can you get an iodine strain test
for vaginal cancer upon request in
Ann Arbor? No!
Does abortion counseling (n o t
merely referral) exist in Ann Ar-
bor? No! Is low or zero cost medi-
cal care provided by a woman's
health facility? No! How many
women had to leave Ann Arbor lar
year to get abortions? Over 5,000.
munity Women's Clinic (CWC) re-
presents much more than a medial
facility where women can finally
obtain safe, low-cost abortions.
CWC is part of the new era of
womanhood; part of the dream of
liberation from oppressive, hu-
miliating medical treatment. Tra-
ditionally women have been con-
ditioned to regard their bodies as
sources of embarrassment; to re-
gard pelvic exams as humiliating
experiences; to regard menstruat-
ing as "the curse"; to regard con-
traception and the role of child-
bearing as entirely theirs; and to
find their sexuality and personal
satisfaction burred somewhere be-
neath the societal dictates which
force a woman's pleasude, social
outlets and sexual satisfaction to
be derived entirely f r o in some
man. In former yearsra woman's
success was measured in terms of
her husband's success as well as
how clean she kept her house and
how many sons she could bear.
There have been small victories
since thefirst liberation 50gyears
ago, when women were granted
the right to vote. But the first
glimmer of hope of winning the
fight against female oppression
came on January 22, 1973, when
the Supreme Court proclaimed a
woman's body to be her own, and
allowed her the right to decide
whether or not she will bear child-
The area in which women have
had the most difficulty making in-
roads is concerning medical care,
because of the rampant sexism
existing in medical establishments.
Clinic will be a first-of-its-kind of
medical facility in t h e United
States. It will be controlled by
the very people who use its 'serv-
ices. While there may be physic-
ians and other medical people on
an advisory board, the actual de-
cision-making body will be com-
posed entirely of women consum-
The services provided by the
CWC will be comprehensive and
meet the whole range of women's
health needs. Included will be:
VD diagnosis and treatment, h i r
control counseling and dispensing
of contraceptives, termination of
pregnancy, menstrual epxraction (a
technique of removing the aterine
lining, usually done in cases of in-
determinate pregnancy or unpro-
tected intercourse), abortion cour-
seling, educational services and
literature, informal casses on
ixomen's health and patient's rights,

tenaw County. University uospital
offers a small number of women
the chance to obtain an ab )rtlon
only if they can pay exorbitant pri-
ces, and consent to be used as a
teaching device for OB/GYN in-
Ann Arbor send away approxi-
mately 100 women a week t7 seek
abortions elsewhere, because our
present medical institutions refuse
to perform routine abortions.
CURRENTLY, the Community
Women's Clinic is being used as
a political football in the struggle
for revenue-sharing monies. It
would be reasonable to assume
that a community-controlled health
facility would be a priority item
for revenue sharing funds. And
women in the community assumed
the Community Women's Clinic,
along with other clinics (e.g. Sum-
mit Street, Free People's Clinic),
would receive funding. Even the
Health Subcommittee of the City
Council originally agreed tn allo-
cate funds to the CWC.
But Mayor Robert Harris inter-
vened and refused to give the CWC
any funds. Harris was pressured
by establishment doctors and mem-
bers of Family Planning Medical
Services (a not-as-yet operatiae
teaching and research abortion
clinic controlled by J. Robert Wil-
son of Univ. Hosp.). Harris re-
jected funding for a non-profit,
community - controlled women's
clinic. By doing this, Harris h a s
shown himself to be unresponsive
to the needs and the demands of
women for a clinic that has re-
ceived broad-based community
And so, who are the women who
began the Community Women's
Clinic? We are a non-partisan
group of black and white, young
and old, rich and poor women from
the Ann Arbor community. We are
already a large group and we hope
to continue to grow. We need and
invite every woman who feels com-
mitted to the goal of a low cost
woman controlled health facility to
join us.
"The abortion
clinic ., . many
questions and
AT LAST MONDAY'S C o u n c i l
meeting the issue of a locally
sponsored abortion clinic wasrais-
ed with such persistance and with
such passion that the survival of
the carefully and objectivelybcon-
structed Revenue Sharing budget
is now in gravendoubt. The budget
is a responsible one, recognizing
the city's physical and financial
needs (new fire equipment, police
vehicles, retirement of past debts,
transportation study, etc.) as well
as its human needs (youth employ-
ment, drug prevention and treat-
ment, day care facilities for low
grcome families, recreation pro-
grams, etc.). Because the emotion-

alism of the issue of the abortion
clinic has so clouded the reasons
for and the nature of the opposi-
tion it is important that the histov
and the status be more clearly re-
After months of discussion vnd
public hearings three broad major
categories of the budget were iden-
tified and funded - Youth a n d
Drug Related Programs ($200,000),
Day Care Centers ($200,000) and
Medical Needs ($114,952). Each of
these categories was assigned to
a tri-partisan committee for fur-
ther designation into specific pro-
In the Medical committee $62,500
was allocated to the Summit Med-
ical Center in order to expand their
program of providing low cost
medical care on an ability-to-pay
basis in their own and other den-
tal and medical facilities. A last
minute request for funds for the
abortion clinic was made to the
Medical committee, but because of
the group's embryonic stage of dje-
velopment the committee decided
to use the remaining $52,452 as -n
Indigent Referral Fund. This mon-
ey was to be used for payment
of medical tests and treatment for
those poor who, for reasons of in-
adequate staff or equipment, were
unable to be treated at one of the
subsidized clinics.
A last moment, high-powered
plea was made to divert a b o u t
$50,000 to the creation of the abor-
tion clinic. The Mayor indicated his
opposition, but promised to hold
the Medical component of the bud-
get for a week if there was any
hope the . delay might produce a
change or a compromise. The sub-
sequent caucus of the Democratic
councilmen revealed a unanimous
and determined opposition to any
possibility of eliminating the Indi-
gent Referral Fund in favor of an
incompletely designed abortion
clinic, so the request for the week's

PoSGC reconstruction

delay was denied. Consequently,
the' Democratic and HRP counc!l
members reached a final agree-
ment on the budget that includ d
the Indigent Referral Servie and
that was later presented at r h e
Monday night 6:00 Council me.-ing.
This was at 4:05 P.M. Monday.
UNFORTUNATELY and unfairly,
the proponents of the abortion clin-
ic viewed opposition to the allo-
cation as opposition to the concept
and attacked accordingly. The
problem, however, was of a dif-
ferent nature:
- The proposed project was so
new and so undeveloped that some
of us felt an allocation of anything
like $50,000 would be grossly irre-
sponsible. The persistance and en-
thusiasm of the group was impres-
sive, but the documentation of
budget needs and income was to-
tally lacking. A complicated med-
ical facility anticipated to cost
about $250,000 seemed to have been
thrown together in almost no time
without reasonable explanation of
the cost or location of a facility,
size of staff or sources of additional
- The spokeswoman for t h e
group indicated the annual number
of abortions expected to be per-
formed at the clinic would be in
excess of 3,000. In as much as this
is about the total number of child-
ren born in Ann Arbor each year,
there is a high likelihood that ei-
ther the figure is completely inac-
curate (in which case the budget
is equally out of line) or the facil-
ity is being designed to service all
of Washtenaw Countygand perhaps
beyond. I entirely agree with the
need for a regional facility of this
sort, but I cannot support the idea
of the City of Ann Arbor bearing
the burden of funding the project
- The proposal was made at
such a late date that the optio'is

open to us were either to spend
the limited available funds for ;he 4
abortion clinic, a good concept
with a less than overwhelming as-
surance of success, or use it for
the Medical Referal Service for the
indigent. The Referral Service re-
cognized a very real and immed-
iate need that could easily be ful-
filled by existing agencies. I far
one was not about to risk a pro-
gram of such obvious value for one
that had as many questions and
flaws as the abortion clinic.
I FIND IT sad that the dedicat-
ed and concerned women who are
so anxiously pushing this proposal,
recognizing as they must the pre-
mature and unresolves aspects of
the abortion clinic, persist in jeo-
pardizing such immensely valuable
Revenue Sharing programs as Day
Care Centers, Youth*Drug p r o-
grams and other medical care pro-
grams by their determination. It
has been understood and stressed
from the beginning of the budget
process that the Revenue Sharing
budget would be passed as arpack-
age or not at all and this relent-
less effort on the part of the pro-
ponents of the clinic could well de-
stroy the entire package.
But saddest and most confusing
of all is the antagonism evidenced
by the supporters of the abortion
clinic. klumerous programs h a v e
been proposed and examined. Ot
pitifully limited funds have neces-
sarily excluded most of them. Our
options were many and our decis-
ions were difficult, but t h o s e
decisions were made on the basis
of ultimate anticipated value to
the community.
Unfortunately, none of us zan
ascertain with absolute certainty
which programs will provide t h e
most comfort to the most needy.
We try and we hope and I find it
difficult to fault that.

THE PRESENT Student Government Council has
many problems, is often unrepresentative, and
has many recognized abuses. However, it is im-
portant to keep the problem and the solution in
perspective. The solution to these problems is re-
form designed toCsolve those problems, not the
destruction of SGC.
Nothing SGC does or would like to do can be done
unless all students are included in its membership.
While the idea of a "free ride" may be superficially
alluring, there can be no student power in any
University decision-making unless there is a govern-
ment that includes all students. No voluntary mem-
bership association can legitimately seek or re-
receive representation unless it includes everybody.
Thus, optional funding is no solution. It would de-
stroy student government.
The proposed new constitution for SGC would solve
the real problems of SGC without destroying it. The
proposal has 3 main parts:
(1) restructuring SGC so as to include representa-
tives from all of the many diverse parts of the stu-
dent body.
(2) Reducing SGC dues from $1 to 45c plus 30c for
the legal counsel.
(3) Eliminating specific abuses that have caused
so much legitimate criticism of SGC.
FIRST OF ALL, let's look at the restructuring.
The present small, elitist, party-dominated Council
is elected at large and this makes it accountable to
no one.
The New Constitution includes every interest
group in a 30 vote body:
10 votes are apportioned by population by hous-
ing: Dorms, co-ops, fraternities, sororities, married
studentrhousing, and apartments all receive re-
10 votes are apportioned according to school -
LSA, Engineering, Education, Medical, Law, and
so forth, including even the inter-college degree

10 votes are apportioned by degree division: Rack-
ham graduate (2), Professional Graduate (2), and
Undergraduate (6).
The president and vice-president of the student
body would still be elected campus-wide, and the
Bill of Rights and Central Student Judiciary would
remain intact.
SECONDLY, there is the dues reduction. The 45c
plus 30c proposed is neither excessive nor oppres-
sive. It represents the amount SGC minimally needs
to do its job. The present $1 included 25c which
was to be used for the grocery co-op which the Re-
gents vetoed.
The collection of dues recognizes the reality that
there is no such thing as a voluntary student govern-
Finally, there are a series of specific abuses which
are corrected in the New Constitution:
" Members and Officers of Student Government'
are required to be current students, and students of
the constituency which elects them.
" Vacancies - which occur regularly - will be
filled only by election. Gone will be the spectacle of
packing and filling "elective" seats non-electively.
* Salaries are prohibited.
" Outside allocations will require a 2/3 vote - a
rule, when it was not in the constitution, was often
The ludicrous SGC' quorum would be reduced to
prevent the quorum-pulling circuses and blackmail.
The quorum would be a majority.
* Members who failed to attend 3 regular sched-
uled and announced consecutive meetings would be
removed - as would graduating members.
* School and college governments would be guar-
anteed their independence within a federal system.
* Communication would be- improved by having
a directly elected president of government that ex-
actly parallels one of the districts, to hold one of
the district seats.
Dave Schaper is the former treasurer for the SGC



Sylvia's Signs
Aries should avoid stirring up trouble
and jealousy.
Aries. (March 21 - April 19). Y o u r
thoughts should be maintained on a higher
conscious level today. Learning to play and
live the master game should be foremost.
Mutual attraction exists.
Taurus. (April 20 - May 20). You- must
be careful now in becoming involved with
new acquaintances until you know more
about them. Don't fall for phony schemes. Evening date a likely
Gemini. (May 21 - June 20). Your tendency to party all the
time is beginning to catch up with you. It is time to give serious
thought. Partnerships in love give negative vibes. UN - under-
Cancer. (June 21 - July 22). Your personality and influence
should be very strong today. Others will be taken by your mag-
netism. Plan a quiet dinner by candlelight with someone close.
Leo. (July 23 - Aug. 22). Many interesting invitations are being
presented to you for entertainment and travel. Pleasant but un-
expected ends could result. A party may not be up to par.
Virgo. (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22). You are likely to be with uncon-
ventional people and experience a strong urge to participate in
the strange activities. Hold to your principles and reputation.
Libra. (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22). Most Libras will find themselves
traveling this weekend. A good time to visit with close friends
or distant lovers. Chat a little with all your friends.
Scorpio. (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21). The day will be rather frustrating.
Your finances are off, others are successful at your game, and
romance is elusive no matter how you try to stir.
Sagittarius. (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21). Stay tight lipped where others
may be hurt or offended. You should be inspiring and quite the
centr nf attraction . mr il h in full blonm.

Con: SGC reconstruction

going up the stair .

met a man
who wasn't there."

THE PLAN for restructuring Student Government
Council which will appear on the upcoming SGC
election ballot is disasterous and can only lead to
an increased bureaucratic framework which will
accomplish even less than the present body, if that
is possible. The present problems that SGC is
facing cannot be solved by adding more members,
as their addition will just leave room for more in-
competent members. A student government with
thirty childish members will be no better than
a government with only eleven.
In past years, as a matter of fact until GROUP
first elected members to council in November of
1971, Student Government Council was able to work
on a large number of important programs to bene-
fit the students. Though there were tremendous
political differences between the members, the
structure of the government was viable because
these members respected each other and worked
THERE IS no need for a change in the structure
of SGC, and especially not the changes suggested
in the proposal that will appear on the ballot. The
division of students into three different major sec-
tors and many minor divisions such as by degree
status will only lead to increased factionalism that
will make a coherent majority impossible to form-
ulate. This plan is exactly what the university ad-
ministration has been wanting for years. If stu-
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IT IS UNFAIR, for example, to have all of SGC
decide upon questions that interest only engineers,
and these decisions should be left up to the engine
council. Those decisions which SGC makes are de-
cisions for all of the students and should be made
by representatives of all the students elected by
all the students voting together as a united block.
Other parts of the Schaper plan are disasters.
The first of these is the suggestion that the quor-
um requirement be lowered. The purpose of a quor-
um is to make sure that the majority of a small
minority cannot tyrannize the students through the
railroading of unpopular legislation. Schaper wants
to remove the quorum requirement so that he and
his flunkies can buy elections with large expendi-
tures of money and then ram through their own
pet motions with only less than half of the mem-
THE OTHER provisions of the new plan are too
numerous to attack point- by point, but a few should
be 'mentioned. The plan includes a provision for
an end to executive salaries which sounds like a
major change until one realizes that this amounts to
only $25 per month for the president and less for
other officers. It is true that there are too many
officers on the present council who are receiving
some menial salary like $15, but these officers are
there primarily because those people supporting the
plan put them there. SGC should go back to the
time when there were only four executive officers
and ther e ns nn hurrcrav tn make effective


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