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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, June 16, 1979-Page 3
Michigan Union to celebrate.75th birthday

Locals clash on abortio

Task force to recommend
student oriented changes
By PATRICIA HAGEN Four subcommittees of the task force
Even at 75 years old, it's not too late have made recommendations for
Evn hat e aprogramming, food service, and
to change. physical aspects, to revamp the
The Michigan Union will be 75 0on building and revive student interest.
Wednesday and extensive renovations The report, which will be released
are planned for the red-brick building within the next few weeks, will include
on State St. plans for a snack bar or grill, a
As the Union quietly notes its birth- renovation of current dining areas, and
day-a celebration is scheduled for the modifications in the use of some rooms,
fall-the report of a six-member task Johnson said.
force assessing the Union is almost NINETY-ONE Union hotel rooms will
complete, according to Vice-President be remodeled into dormitory space for
for Student Services Henry Johnson. 127 gradaute students and for students
THE UNIVERSITY Board of Regents over 21 in August. This change was ap-
last January voted to transfer control of proved by the Regents in January
the Union from an independent Board because of a critical need for campus
of Directors to the Office of Student housing.
Services. This move was lauded by Edward Parker, class of 1904,
students who had lobbied to convince dreamed of a "student union"-a place
the Regents and administrators that for studenta to gathr on campus. Parkr
the Union should be developed as more others on campus . Psrke
of a "student center.'' and others an campus were disturbed
Some students have said the Union by the intolerance and competitiveness
Ss tuenta thae sid ather nio between fraternity members and "in-
has not offered the social atmosphere dependents." By establishing a central
or programming they desire. meeting place with a club-like at-
mosphere, Parker and his cohorts
hoped to foster friendship and
nfl gn ~ cooperation between the two factions.
With the help of students and alumni,
enough money was raised to convert
it is discussed. This reinforcement the home of the late Judge Cooley on
leads young women to believe if they State St. at S. University Ave. into the
are sexually active, they are not "nice Michigan Union in 1907. By 1917 enough
girls" anymore, Carroll said. contributions-almost $1 million-had
According to Leonard, in 1973 the See UNION, Page 13
Supreme Court decided abortions were
a woman's right and states could not in-
terfere with that right during the first B i-d-' ski
trimester of a pregnancy - that is, the 1P ' 115
first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
During the second trimester - the
third through seventh month of SLO rl ro m
pregnancy - Leonard said the
Supreme Court rulhd that states can (i th
impose restrictions on abortions, as et r e
long as the restrictions protect the
mother's health. In Missouri, for in- By TIM YAGLE
stance, Leonard said a minor needs
parental consent for an abortion. One-hundred-sixteen stolen bird
LEONARD SAID Planned Paren- skins from the University's Exhibit
thood charges $175 for first trimester Museum were returned yesterday, af-
abortions. In the second trimester, ter Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in-
abortion prices range between $400 and vestigators recovered them, according
$800, and must be done at a hospital, not to Museum officials.
a clinic, such as the one at Planned The rare skins, believed to have been
Parenthood. "The federal government stolen during a rash of thefts which
decided in 1976 not to fund abortions," began two years ago, were delivered to
Leonard said, adding that 'the gover- the museum for identification yester-
day. Robert Storer, professor of
See COMMUNITY, Page8 Zoology and the museum's curator of
See 116, Page 4%

The issue is clear for many people:
Pro-choice or pro-right-to-life. The
abortion issue is one of the most ex-
plosive, emotional, and controversial
issues now facing community leaders.
No one is certain of the number of
welfare-funded abortions currently
provided in Washtenaw County. Chair-
woman of the Ann Arbor chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) Julie Carroll said this is "in-
dicative of how little concern (exists for
the issue)."
Washtenaw County League for Planned
Parenthood estimated only 14 per cent
of Planned Parenthood's patients paid
for abortions through Medicaid in 1978.
Robert Rice, former co-chairman of
Lifespan in Washtenaw County,
estimated that 5,000 abortions occur
each year in Washtenaw County alone.
"The increase in the number of abor-
tions performed nation-wide is due to
propaganda (which tells women that
having abortions) is all they can do,"
Rice said.

Rice said women must realize they
have other alternatives to abortions.
"It's a matter of education and what
kind of help society is willing to give
pregnant women."
ACCORDING TO Rice, abortions
used to be "an act of desperation. Now
it's done for convenience. The (reason
for the) attempt to cut welfare abor-
tions is to stop taxpayers from paying,
for an action considered immoral,"
Rice said.
But Carroll said Medicaid-funded
abortion cutbacks will lead to "an in-
crease in women attempting self-
abortion and the number of children on
welfare. If a woman is already on
welfare," Carroll explained, "having a
child on welfare, too, won't help."
Carroll attributed the reasons for
legalized abortions to the "failure of the
birth control system" and ignorance on
the part of teenagers. "The highest bir-
th rate is in women under the age of
18," she said.
teen-age women refuse to talk about
birth control, because the fact that they
are sexually active is reinforced when

A u revoir
The Daily you are holding is the last issue until
June 27. Enjoy finals and/or vacation.
Ensian arrives
The Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard
is swamped with newly-arrived copies of the 1979
Michiganensian. Pidk up a yearbook for a mere 12
smackers at the business office on the second floor.
Historical perspectives
During yesterday's long and winding discussion
about the proposedalumni center at the University
Board of Regents meeting, Board members talked
about how the building would fit in with its neigh-

boring structures, the Modern Languages Building
(MLB). "The more expensive architectural solution
would be to tear down Modern Languages," quipped
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Grosse Pointe). MLB
opened in 1972. The Regents joked about MLB being
an historical monument, until Regent Gerald Dunn
(D-Lansing) topped the conversation. "So is this
motion," he said, and the Board finally approved
the alumni center proposal.
Happenings .. .
... begin today with an Ann Arbor American
Youth Hostel potluck picnic at Delhi Park.
Festivities start at 1 p.m., and if you need a ride,
meet at the Ann Arbor Public Library parking lot at
noon ... FILMS: Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Coming
Home, 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., Aud. 3, MLB ... Cinema
Guild-Dr. Strangelove, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Old A

and D Aud.... Cinema Il-Hard Times, 7:30 p.m.,
9:40 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall ... SUNDAY, wake
up early and attend Brunch on the Terrace, at 10:45
a.m. and again at 12:45 p.m., sponsored by the
Valentine Gallery, at the Campus Inn Street Scien-
ce. Call 769-2200 or 769-2282 for information . . . at 2
p.m., the Department of Astronomy will hold the
first of four open houses at the Peach Mountain Ob-
servatory, which is located at 10280 N. Territorial
Rd... Films: Cinema II-Jean Vigo night,
L'Atalante, 7:30 p.m., Zero Conduct, 9:30 p.m., both
in Aud. A, Angell Hall . . . Cinema
Guild-Mizoguchi's Ugetsu, 8 p.m., Old A and D
On the outside
Today will boil. The high temperature will be a
scorching 90, reminscent of that unseasonably hot
week last month. The low will be a balmy 66.

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