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Congress pressed on
abortion aid ques tion
WASHINGTON (AP)-Pressure is building in Congress REP. GEORGE MAHON (D-Tex.), chairman of the
to decide under what circumstances poor women may get House Appropriations Committee, said in an interview:
federal money for abortions. Without action by next that he believes such a vote could break the impasse and
Friday, two major departments will be without money to should be tried.
function. He also said he is "adamantly opposed" to adopting as
Currently, the government. pays for abortions for poor resolution that would temporarily continue the funding for.
'women whose lives are in danger. And the Senate and the two giant agencies after Friday until the impasse on
. House are deadlocked on whether to keep it that way or abortion is resolved.
include exceptions. A continuing resolution could be amended with abortion
THE DEPARTMENTS of Labor and Health, Education language, he said, "and we'd have the same problem. I
and Welfare (HEW) are awaiting approval of a $60.2 don't think it makes any sense. We've just got to do our job
- billion appriations bill that will finance their and that is to dompromise this issue in some way.",-
operations for fiscal year 1978, which begins Oct. 1. MAHON SAID HE knows Flood is strongly against let-
~::Without approval soon, some 148,800,epos in those MHNSI EkosFodi togyaantlt
4 employes h ting the House vote on the Senate language but he plans to
departments may not get paid, officials said yesterday. talk to him about it anyway tonorrow."
Recipients of Social Security, unemployment or welfare Mahon, who has voted with Flood against federal fun-
benefits should not be affected, although workmen's com- ding of abortions unless the mother's life is endangered,
pensation benefits could be cut off. said he was glad the 70 members are "suggesting a new
The Senate and House have been leadlocked for months approach. We just can't continue indefinitely with this
on the bill because it includes federal Medicaid money stalemate."
that would be used to pay for the abortions of poor women. "The signers of this letter hold varying positions and
beliefs about the abortion issue but we are united in our
THE QUESTION is whether. the government should pay concern for saving this bill and its invaluable programs
f for such abortions only when the mother's life is in and services," the 70 members wrote Flood. "Losing ad-
danger, as the House insists, or also in cases of rape, in- ditional time is stalermated deliberations seems pointless."
~. cest and where the operation is medically necessary, as:
the Senate believes. "WE ARE ALSO concerned about providing some
The Senate twice has voted and rejected the House's humane standard of care to women in dire need," they.
version to limit abortions for poor women to life-and-death said. "We believe that this is also the conern of the
emergencies. But the House has never voted on the more majority of the House, that the House does want to be fair
.leal S la e, an proponents believe the in dealing with the... serious medical conditions confron-
:~House would approve it if it came to a vote. igmnwoe.
Now, both the Senate and some House members want
the House to vote on the Senate's language. Charles Miller, deputy assistant secretary for financial;
management for HEW, said yesterday that unless the
ON FRIDAY, 70 House members with diverse views on issue is resolved by Oct. 12, some 132,500 employes will
abortion wrote to Rep. Daniel Flood (D-Pa.), chairman of receive a paycheck Oct. 18 that contains only one week's
the Labor-HEW appropriations subcommittee, appealing pay instead of the normal two.
for a House vote on the Senate abortion language or on
other compromise language. He said that the first week of-the upcoming pay period is
Noting that funds run out Friday, the 70 members told included in the budget for the current fiscal year, but the:
,.; Flood "it is of the utmost urgency that the impasse bet- second week begis with the new fiscal year.
ween the House and Senate conferees be broken." Miller said that the payroll is taken to the Treasury
Congressional sources say Senate Majority Leader Department on Oct. 13 and that Treasury will not pay em
Robert.Byrd (D-W.Va) has told House members that he Ployes for the second week unless Congress has resolved
thinks some senators on the deadlocked House-Senate the issue.
HEW-Labor conference committee might modify their But Miller said it now looks as if few other HEW
" position-but not until after the House at least votes on the programs would be affected immediately, and said there
:? Senate's language. was no danger to Social Security or welfare payments.
Palestinians kill Israeli soldier

Byrd: Canal Treaty doomed
if Senate votes this year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new
Panama Canal treaty~would be defeat-
ed if the Senate voted on it this year,
Majority Leader Hobert Byrd said yes-
terday.
Defending his decision to put floor ac-
tion on the matter until early 1978, the
West Virginia Democrat told reporters:
"To bring itup this fall would ensure its
rejection. ,
BYRD SAID that he still hasn't made
up his own mind on how to vote.
A two-thirds vote of the 100-member
Senate is needed for ratification of the
agreement on which the Carter admini-
9tration completed negotiations this
month.
The pact is actually two treaties con-
sidered as indivisible. One gives control
of the canal to Panama by the year 200
and the other would permit the United
States to assure militarily its perma-
nent neutrality.
BYRD SAID that there is "no chan-
ce" of mustering the required 67 votes
during the next few months.
Byrd said that, although he an"
ticipates lengthy floor debate, he does
not think Senate consideration will ex-
tend too long into next year.
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"I would hope the treaties would be
disposed of one way or another by the
early part of the year" and not because
a political issue in the 1978 congres-
sional elections, Byrd said.
HE SAID THAT, even though Presi-
dent Carter clearly hpped the Senate
would move toward ratification this
year, "my advice was that it would be
unwise to take the treaty up on the floor
this year."
By putting off the votes until next
year, senators will have had more time

to digest the contents of the proposal
and also to measure public sentiment,
he said.
Hearings begin next week in both
House and Senate on the treaty.
Byrd said that those hearings will
give the administration a good chance
to try to sway public sentiment to its
side, which it plans to do with a vig-
orous campaign.
But as long as public-opinion polls
show that 75 to 80 per cent of the popu-
lation opposed the treaties, major oppo-
sition will exist in the Senate, he said.

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By The Associated Press
Palestinian guerrillas killed one Is-
raeli soldier and wounded three
others in a clash -near Mount Her-
mon, where Israel, Lebanon and
Syria meet, the military command
said yesterday.
A spokesman said a 20-year-old
lieutenant was killed when his patrol
encountered a Palestinian unit Fri-
day night. There wa no immediate
word of Palestinian casualties.
MEANWHILE, Israeli - backed
Christian. rightists hammered sev-
eral Palestinian - held villages in
woutheastprn Lebanon with cannon,
mortar and machine-gun fire yester-
day as they pressed their effort to
drive the guerrilla defenders from
the border area.
In Tel Aviv, the Israeli military
command said two Israeli border
towns were struck by Communist-

made Katyusha rockets fired from
Lebanon.
The Israeli state radio said the
three lesser casualties occurred
when rockets hit Qiryat Shmonah,
three miles from the frontier, for the,
second consecutive day. Other rock-
ets fell on Safad,17 miles from Qiryat
Shmonah and eight miles from the
border. Residents of the two towns
took refuge in shelters.
A MILITARY ┬░spokesman said
Israeli artillery returned the fire
across the border.
The military command said the
Israeli soldier was killed during a
"routine patrol on the Lebanon
border," in Israeli-occupied Syrian
territory captured during the 1967
Arab-Israeli war.
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Working Women
and the Male Workday
Toward New Solutions
Rosemary Ruether
SOCIALIST, FEMI 1STTHEOLOGIAN
AUTHOR: New Women/New Earth,
Liberation Theology, Faith and Fratricide
Has taught at HOWARD UNIVERSITY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, currently
teaching at Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary
Discussion with
JOYCE KORNBLUH, Res. Coll., Institute of Labor
and Industrial Relations
SUE GOLDEN, Continuing Education of Women
JANE HOOD, Women's Studies
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