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Vol. LXXXIII, No. 26 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, October 6, 1972 Ten Cents

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Wayne
abortioi

Motown cops probed
The Detroit police report they are still investigating three
the cops are refusing direct 'comment, sources told today...
that the officer responsible for the beating of Detroit News
photographer Gary Porter has been identified by film shot by
WXYZ-TV news. The Daily and WXYZ have also complained
of harrassment by police, but there is no word on the status
of their complaints.
Double take dept.
Reliable sources "high atop the Administration Building,"
have slipped today . . . the following text of a letter to the
University's admissions office: "Please send me an application
of inrolment (sic) and Info. In specific (sic), info about mari-
juana grownd (sic) rules allso (sic). thank You, Peace and
Personal Freedom." University officials have not yet decided
on a suitable reply.
Happenings .
. . . include the first showing of an automated anti-war
slide show prepared by a group called NARMIC (National Action
Research on the Military Industrial Complex). The show will
be exhibited at 1:20 p.m. in Rm. 1300 of the Chemistry Bldg....
the weekly International Folk Dance is tonight at 8 in Barbour
Gym.
'U' fiscal blues
If the currently pending suit against the University's high
out-of-state tuition is successful, the University's budget scale
will dip to the tune of $11,730,864, according to a survey com-
missioned by the National Association of State Universities and
Land Grant Colleges. The suit depends on whether courts rule
that decisions allowing students to -vote in their campus com-
munities also confer full citizenship rights, including classifica-
tion as resident students.
Abortion leading
DETROIT - A poll published yesterday by The Detroit News
shows that voters favor liberalization of the state's anti-abor-
tion laws by a substantial margin (see related story, this page).
The poll, taken by Market Opinion Research, shows that 59 per
cent of voters favor the liberalized abortion law, which will be
Proposal B on the Nov. 7 ballot, 37 per cent are opposed, and
five per cent are undecided.
Dope notes,
A local physician has found a possible link between the re-
peated use of nitrous oxide - commonly called laughing gas
- and increased incidence of spontaneous abortion (This method
is not endorsed by today . . . ) . . . although Kentucky is the
"Bluegrass State," its most popular grass is quite green. It
seems the state is covered with marijuana fields left over
from World War II, and it's harvest time right now. Local police
have their hands full trying to keep the thousands of dope-crazed
youths away from their objective.
Prices rise
Wholesale prices are up again - this time by .3 per cent.
According to the wizards at the Bureau of Labor Statistics it
isn't really so bad, taking into account seasonal adjustments and
other devices known only to themselves. What it means is that
you're still paying more for your groceries than you did during
"rampant inflation" before Nixon's wage-price freeze.
Homecoming roundup
Nearby Eastern Michigan University, in a none-to-rare
display of sexism, has decided to switch to a bathing suit
competition instead of the traditional talent contest to choose
its homecoming queen. The EMU administration has met pro-
tests over the action . . . and in other homecoming news, Florida
State University student Ron Shank doesn't think there's any
reason why he shouldn't be his school's homecoming queen. He
is charging sexism in the decision of the FSU homecoming
committee to disqualify him from the competition.
GOP edict
WASHINGTON - From the National Republican Congres-
sional Committee comes the following word to GOP candidates'
wives: Watch proudly when your husband speaks, don't be
photographed holding drinks, keep ankles crossed or knees to-
gether when sitting on a stage and above all steer clear of
controversial statements. Are you listening, Martha Mitchell?
Sin no more
GLENDALE, S.C. - The Rev. Timothy Hottel, pastor of
Glendale Baptist Church, is rejoicing now that South Carolin-
ians can buy new license tags. For the past year, the first
three letters of the minister's license plates have read: "SIN."
Sad news
The wife of an American POW, held captive in North Viet-
nam for seven years, yesterday filed for divorce. Her grounds:

desertion. It probably can't make husband Lt. Comdr. Raymond
Vohden, a navy pilot, any more miserable than he already is.
On the inside -.--
. . . economics Prof. Daniel Fusfeld discusses collec-
tive bargaining for the faculty, in the Editorial Page's
weekly "faculty comment" . . . the Arts Page features
short reviews of the weekend's local movie fare in
Cinema Weekend . . . the sports staff say they don't have
anything worth mentioning.

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HOUSE ACTION TODAY:
Senate oks"
no-fault bill
LANSING ,() - The State Senate yesterday passed a
sweeping no-fault auto insurance reform bill that would
guarantee unlimited "reasonable" medical expenses to acci-
dent victims regardless of who is to blame for the mishap.
House action is expected to follow today-the last day
of the fall session before a recess until Nov. 27.
Prospects for the bill's passage are unclear, but its back-
ers expressed optimism yesterday for early House approval.
The Senate vote was 23-11.
The bill also would provide automatic payment of vehic-
le damage cost, subject to policy deductible exclusions, but

Cahalan to

I

would require a court suit to
perty damage.

settle liability for other pro-I

Welfare V
bill passed
bySenate
WASHINGTON (P) - The Sen-s
ate early today passed an $18.5-
billion bill increasing numerous
Social Security, Medicare and wel-
fare benefits but delaying for yearsI
reform of the program for wel-
fare families.c
The vote was 68-5.
The bill, one of the most im-
portant revisions of the Social Se-
curity and welfare laws ever
passed, was sent to conferencec
with the House which cleared an
$8.2-billion version of it June 22,
1971.
Sponsors said they are confidentf
Senate-House conferees can reach
agreement on the 989-page mea-
sure next week in time to send itc
to President Nixon beforethe 92nd
Congress adjourns.i
See earlier story, Page 2 S
The Social Security provisionsI
would benefit widows; all men;I
disabled persons; the chronically
ill elderly who need maintenances
drugs; persons desiring to retireI
at age 60; those who want to workI
beyond 65, and many other groups.
It also would raise Social Secur-
ity taxes substantially to pay forc
the benefits, the second boost in1
payroll levies to go through Con-
gress this year.-
The bill would establish a na-
tional level of benefits for the firstf
time for the three million personsr
in the adult categories of wel-
fare - the aged, blind and dis-
abled. In most states this wouldt
raise payments substantially.
The bill, designated as H. R. 1,
since it was the first House mea-I
sure introduced in the 92nd Con-c
gress, was submitted originally byt
President Nixon as a welfare-re-
See SENATE, Page 10t

In that respect, present "fault"
provisions of conventional policies
would be retained.
The switch-over, mandatory for1
an estimated six million register-
ed vehicle owners, would take
place next Oct. 1, but would not
apply to motorcycles.
S h a r p disagreement marked
yesterday's debate over the bill's
effect on insurance rates.
Sen. James Fleming (R-Jack-
son) termed it "a little more in-
surance for a lot more money."
"Now we will have jumping so-
cialism," he said.
House Speaker William Ryan
(D-Detroit) disagreed, saying, we:
can't say, but as a general rule,
we get increased benefits at
slightly reduced rates."
He circulated a table, drawn up
by Robert Rowe, chief deputy
commissioner in the Michigan In-
surance Bureau, that showed, a
$12 drop, for example, in the pre-
mium that might be paid by a
family receiving $200 in weekly
wages.
Because benefits for lost wages
could be paid under the new sys-
tem, it would be necessary for an
insurer to determine a policy
holder's income. No such provi-
sion is part of buying convention-
al insurance.
Complete review of the finished
package is sought by the Michi-
gan Supreme Court under a con-
stitutional provision allowing the
legislature to ask it to rule on
pressing issues.
The no-fault system of auto in-j
surance is a controversial idea,
one that de debated in this state
by an array of opposing groups.
Labor unions, insurance compa-
nies, attorneys, and Gov. William
Milliken, among others, clashed
for many months over the fate of
no-fault.
The law was originally designed
to help halt the spiraling costs of
auto insurance.
However, some insurance ex-
perts claim that the guaranteed
coverage clause will only serve
to increase premium costs.
Massachusetts was the first state
to pass a no-fault insurance law.

AP Photo
Nixon at home
President Nixon holds forth at his first news conference in five weeks. The President fielded questions
on taxation, the war and the Watergate Caper, and took an opportunity to hit his opponent's policies,
too.
DEVIATION STANDARD?
'U uofsays method,

disregard
new ruling
By MERYL GORDON
Wayne County C i r c u i t
Judge Charles Kaufman yes-
terday struck down Michi-
gan's abortion laws as un-
constitutional invasions of
women's privacy.
Ruling in a case brought against
Wayne County prosecutor William
Cahalan and Atty. Gen. Frank Kel-
ley by dozens of pro-abortion sup-
porters, Kaufman said the laws
violated the ninth and 14th amend-
ments.
Cahalan said he would appeal
the ruling to the State Supreme
Court, and would contine to en-
force the old laws in the interim.
"If I am presented with suffic-
ient evidence that a crime has,
been committeed regarding abor-
tion or manslaughter, I will re-
commend a warrant (for the per-
sons involved)," declared Caha-
lan.
Kelley could not be reached for
comment yesterday, and his dep-
uty, Leon Cohan, declined to
comment on the ruling.
Michigan laws presently permit
an abortion to be performed only
if it will save the life of the
mother.
Kaufman's ruling, which will go
into effect Tuesday means that
abortion clinics in Michigan may
operate subject to State Board of
Health regulations.
The controversial ruling came
after many months of testimony in
a suit filed by former state Sen.
Lorraine Beebe, 40 lawyers, 20
doctors, nurses, social workers and
housewives.
Though the case originated in
Wayne County, Kaufman said his
order, when signed will be effec-
tive throughout the state.
Opinions differ on the ruling's
effect on the Nov. 7 statewide
abortion referendum.
If the referendum passes, it
would legalize abortions by physi-
cians up to the 20th week of preg-
nancy for any reason, and would
establish health standards for
abortion clinics to be licensed by
the State Public Health Depart-
According to Pat Boyle, one of
the attorneys on Cahalan's staff,
the effect of yesterday's decision
would be to invalidate the legal re-
forms called for by the referendum
question.
The referendum would modify
laws which were struck down by
Kaufman, and would thus be un-
constitutional itself, leaving Michi-
gan with no laws regulating abor-
tion at all.
However, supporters of the ref-
erendum urged backers of the pro-
posal to continue to work for its
passage, in case Kaufman's rul-
ing was struck down by the State
Supreme Court.
Detroit Attorney Barbara Robb,
who represented the plaintiffs in
the case, called Kaufman's deci-
sion a major victory for women,
See JUDGE, Page 10
Ex-FBI man
admits Deva.
bugging role
LOS ANGELES (P) - A former
FBI agent who took part in the
bugging of Democratic National
Headquarters says he delivered
reports on the eavesdropping to
the Committee for the Re-election
of the President, the Los Angeles

Times reported yesterday.
Times reporters Jack Nelson
and Ronald Ostrow said they in-
terviewed Alfred Baldwin III for

e a

tim ing
By JIM O'BRIEN
When one poll gives Nixon a 28
per cent lead, and another releas-
ed the same day gives Nixon a 39
per cent lead, can you believe,
either of them? Can you believeI
polls at all?
Not often, says the University'sI
chief poll-taker political science
Prof. Warren Miller of the Insti-
tute for Social Research.
A critic of cheap polling tech-
niques and an expert in his own
right on opinion sampling, Miller

can slant polls

not only feels that much of the
opinion polling currently being fed
to the public is misleading, but
thinks it could even affect the
results of the election.
As an example, Miller cites two
surveys released simultaneously
in last Monday's New York Times,
showing broad differences in their
estimates of the candidates sup-
port, and predicting trends in op-
posite directions.
One of the polls, conducted by
Louis Harris a n d Associates,

DEBATE CENTERS ON TAXES
Class hears state rephopefuls

showed 59 per cent of the "likely
voters" contacted in favor of
President Nixon, and 31 per cent;
in favor of Sen. George McGovern,:
a gap which had narrowed from1
their previous surveys.
The other poll, conducted by
Daniel Yankelovich, Inc. for The
New York Times and Time Maga-
zine, showed Nixon ahead with 62
per cent, and McGovern with on-
ly 23 percent, a gap which had
widened since their previous poll
released a month earlier.
Miller pointed out that although
the two surveys were released at
the same time, the Harris poll
was conducted only a week be-
fore it was published, while the
Yankelovich poll began a month
earlier than its appearance in the
Times.
The sampling methods used by
the Yankelovich poll, especially
the reliance on telephone inter-
views and the limited area from
which the "population 'was drawn
could also make its finding sus-
pect, Miller said.
"Clearly the reason for tele-
phone interviewing is that it is
many times cheaper," he added.
A spokesman for Harris' outfit
agreed that use of telephones, and
the less representative sampling
methods used by YankelovichI
made the polls "in no way com-
parable."

By CHRIS PARKS
The four contenders for Ann Arbor's
state representative seat debated each oth-
er in front of a Political Science 111 class
at the Modern Language Building last
night, and talked mostly about taxes and,
predictably, each other.
The larger portion of the night was taken
up with discussion of two proposals on the
Nov. 7 ballot which would (1.) eliminate
the property tax as the basis for funding
schools and (2.) replace it with a state-
wide graduated income tax.

ris said he opposes graduated taxes on
a philosophical basis because they 'are
"rooted in envy of those who have ma-
terial wealth."
Bullard's attack on HRP was based on
that party's refusal to back a Democratic
Party effort to get the property tax re-
Graduated taxes "are rooted in
envy of those who have mate-
rial wealth."

He skid HRP's actions were motivated
by a desire "to destroy the Democratic
Party" and may result in sabotaging "pro-
gressive change" in the state income tax.
In rebuttal, Burghardt said HRP had not
supported the Democratic petition because
it would have written graduated tax rates
into the state constitution rather than al-
lowing them to be set by the legislature.
Bullard and Burghardt also tangled in
the debate over a $100 contribution from
HRP founder Zolton Ferency to Bullard's
campaign.

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