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House rejects

plan for

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 28, 1977-Page 7

federal-funded abortions

rejected yesterday a proposal to use
federal funds for abortions in cases of
rape, incest or medical necessity,
clearing the way for a compromise with
the Senate on abortion and passage of a
$60.2 billion social legislation bill.
By a vote of 252 to 164, House mem-
bers rejected a resolution that would
have endorsed the abortion language
already agreed to by the Senate.
THE LOPSIDED defeat was far short
of the two-thirds majority needed for
the House to adopt the Senate's more
liberal approach to abortion funding.
The House position is that federall
money should be spent on abortions
only when a woman's life is jeopar-
dized by a full-termpregnancy.
House and Senate conferees are now
expected to resume efforts to reach a
compromise on the volatile issue.
ded the vote by the House and walked
!out of a, conference after House mem-
bers refused to agree to one. The
senators maintained that their cham-
ber had twice rejected the House
position on abortion.
House Speaker Thomas O'Neill had,
predicted that the House would not ac-
cept the Senate's language, but he also
said that Senate leaders were confident
that even if the language were

defeated, the abortion question could be
resolved within 48 hours.
The dispute by the House and Senate
conferees was delaying passsage of an
appropriations bill for the departments
of Labor and Health, Education and
Welfare (HEW). Current funding for
those agencies runs out on Friday.
THE DEFEATED resolution would
have instructed House conferees to
abandonstheir proposal and agree with
the Senate, paving the way for a
regular House vote on the Senate
The National Abortion Rights Action
League denounced the House vote,
saying those who opposed the resolution
were endangering all Labor-HEW fun-
"The House of Representatives has
taken an iresponsible, callous and ut-
terly arrogant action today by refusing
to concur with the Senate language on
Medicaid funding for abortion," said
legislative director Carol Werner.
THIS VOTE will be used as a
measure of House sentiment when the
conferees meet again to seek a com-
promise. They may hold another
session as early as today. One Senate
staff person said the conferees were
anxious to resume their talks.
O'Neill scheduled the vote on the
Senate language over the vehement op-

position of Rep. Daniel Flood (D-Pa.),
chairman of the Labor-HEW ap-
propriations subcommittee and a
staunch foe of abortion.
Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio) said he
was offering the resolution after most
other House conferees "wouldn't touch
it with a 10-foot pole."
THE SENATE conferees walked out
of the last session with their House
counterpartssafter the House mem-
bers declined to ask their chamber to
vote on the Senate language. The
senators refused to meet with the House
members again unless there was a
The government paid for 300,000
abortions last year at a cost of $50
million. About one-third of the abor-
tions were for teenagers. Most were
paid for under Medicaid, the health
care program for the needy that is ad-
ministered by the states but largely
funded by the federal government.
The government had been paying for
elective abortions for poor women. But
in June the Supreme Court ruled that
public funds need not be used to finance
abortions, and on Aug. 4 HEW stopped
paying for abortions except when a
woman's life was endangered.
"I THINK IT is depolorable that the
most important piece of social
legislation passed by the House has

MSA to 'U': Cut S. Africa ties


The Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) last night called on the
University to divest itself of all
investments in companies which
operate in apartheid South Africa.
These investments currently total
$40 million.

MEMBERS ALSO passed a resolu-
tion deploring the death of South
African black leader Steve Biko who
died while being held in police
custody there.
A telegram stating the MSA posi-
tion will be sent to South African
Prime Minister John Vorster. A
letter urging the abrogation of fiscal

Brinkerhoff promises
campus discussion of
S. African holdings

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regime, discriminate against blacks
and deny them the right to vote.
ADOPTED AS policy by 12 'American
firms in South Africa and reviewed by
the United States Department of State,
the guidelines for doing business in
South Africa specify the following:
" nonesegregated eating, rest and
work facilities;
" equal employment practices for all
" equal pay for equal work;
* training programs to prepare.
blacks and other nonwhites for super-
visory, administrative, clerical and
technical jobs;
* increasing the number of blacks
and nonwhites in management and
supervisory jobs;
" improving the quality of life for
workers by upgrading housing, tran-
sportation, school and health facilities.
But audience members questioned
whether South Africa's acceptance of
the guidelines should influence any
University decision to divest its stock
"IS THE SLIGHT liberation of a
regime committed to white supremacy,
any worth?" asked Frank Bevacqua, a
Literary College senior who attended
the luicheon jointly held by the
Ecumenical Campus Center and the In-
ternational Center.
Terming the guidelines a "nice list of
wonderful-looking suggestions," Len
Suransky called upon the University to
obtain the black South African opinion.
Instead of relying solely on the opinions
of religious, corporate and governmen-
tal leaders, the School of Education
graduate student said the University
needs communication from "the people
at the (South African) factory who

know damn well what is being done."
"AN EXCELLENT suggestion,"
commented Brinkerhoff, who had
opened his presentation by telling the
audience, "I'm here essentially to
learn, not to teach."
In closing, Brinkerhoff noted that
comments and questions raised by the
audience would receive serious ap-
praisal by the Committee on Com-
munications. Composed of faculty,
students and administrators, the com-
mittee will coordinate campus
discussion on the South African issue.
EARLIER IN THE day the Southern
African Liberation Committee (SALC),
in a proposed release to the Daily,
asked for a three-day forum in October
"depicting in ,an educational manner
the atrocities being committed in
Southern Africa and the relationship of
the University to them."
With plans for films, lectures and
speakers, including Thami Mhlambiso,
African National Congress represen-
tative to the United Nations, SALC con-
tended that a teach-in sponsored by the
Regents or administration would
relfect the University's vested interest
in maintaining investment and resear-
ch ties with South Africa.
While Brinkerhoff noted in his lun-
cheon talk that any discussion on the
issue would "synthesize" different
religious, corporate and governmental
opinions, SALC's proposal would not
allow "an apologist for the Southern
African regimes" to speak at the event.
. . No Nazi would have been
tolerated at a meeting on the treatment
of Jews in Germany in the '30's and
'40's," SALC's statement declared.
SALC wants the University to sever all
financial ties with South Africa.

ties with South Africa will also be
sent to University President Robben
MSA also voted to investigate the
possible inclusion of MSA money in
the investment portfolio. This refers
to monies which are deposited in a
University investment a c c o u n t
Member John Gibson said: "We can
refuse to make money from apar-
IN OTHER ACTION, the Assembly
voted to recommend that a lawsuit
which demanded accounting for the
possible misuse of funds in 1972-73 be
dismissed. Paul Tykes, legal repre-
sentative for MSA, explained that the
outstanding claims had been reason-
ably explained by the defendants.
Originally, MSA demanded an
accounting for $41,000 which had
been missing from the student gov-
ernment treasury. In 1976, all but
$9,000 was accounted for. Yester-,
day's report included an explanation
of the use of that sum.
The suit was against two past
Student Government Council (SGC)
members. SGC has since been dis-
banded and replaced by MSA. An ad-
ditional $16,000 is still outstanding,
and is alleged to have been misused
by Lee Gill, a past SGC president. If
he is ever located, MSA will demand
an accounting of that money.
It all adds
Birth defects
are forever.
Unless you help.
March of Dimes

been tied up in a conference for three
months because of this amendment,"
Stokes said.
He said the dispute had placed the
House in an embarrassing position.
"The Senate language is not my
language. My preference is no
language" on abortion in the bill, he
said. "But in the sense of compromise, I
offer you the Senate language."
STOKES SAID that by attempting to
restrict federal funding for abortions,
both the House and Senate were
"playing'doctor, an area in which most
of us have no training."
Rep. Robert Bauman (R-Md.) urged
that the resolution be defeated.
"Stand fast," he admonished his
colleagues. "This is the most fun-
damental issue today facing the coun-
'"THERE CAN be no compromise on
the issue of life and death. The Senate
language is so broad that it is, without
question, abortion on demand,"
Bauman said.
Rep. Silvio Conto (R-Mass.) who
proposed the House language, agreed
with Bauman.
"Indications are if the medically
necessary language is allowed to stand,
elective abortions will be performed in
the guise of mental health," he said.
BUT REPS. Patricia Schroeder (D-
Colo.) and Yvonne Burke (D-Calif.)
cited high pregnancy rates among
teenagers as a reason why the Senate's
language on abortion should prevail.
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