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Saturday, May 15, 197 1


Page Three

Court rules abortion agency illegal

Pressure from women's grouprs and
agencies such as Planned Parenthood
has increased the possibility that New.
Yok State may ban all profit-making
abortinn referral agencies.
On Thursday, the New York State
Supreme Court ruled the operation of
one commercial abortion agency illegal.
Justice Sidney Asch. agreeing with a
complaint brought by State Atty. General
Louis Lefkowitz that the Abortion In-
formation Agency was a "broker in the
sale of medical and hospital abortion
services" in violation of "the public
policy of this state." said the "unau-
thorized activity" of the agency merited
the finding of illegality,
"The law which sought to emancipate
women from servitude as unwilling

breeders did not intend to deliver them
as helpless victims of commercial opera-
tors for the exploitation of their misery,"
declared Asch.
Currently under consideration in the
New York State Assembly is a bill which
would bar all profit making abortion
referral enterprises. The bill has already
passed the Senate, but both assembly
and gubernatorial approval are neces-
sary before the bill becomes law.
Since New York's liberalized abortion
law went into effect last July 1, numer-
ous abortion referral agencies have come
into existence, many of them to direc't
out-of-state women to accredited hos-
pitals and private physicians for abor-
tion operations that would be illegal in
their home states,
At hearings in February and March
concerning the legality of the profit-

making concerns, Lefkowitz explained
that he felt the agencies filled an infor-
mational gap, particularly for out--:f-
state women.
Such non-profit organizations as Plai-.
ned Parenthood do not regularly adver-
tise their services to the same extent as
the private firms, for obvious reasons, yet
there is often no way a non-resident of
New York can find out about the agen-
cies which make referrals at no cost.
Thus Lefkowitz has recommended that
until a means can be devised whereby
out-of-state women can find out how to
get an abortion in New York, the profit-
making firms not be outlawed.
Still, 22 states have laws against abor-
tion advertising-which could prevent
women from learning about abortion pos-
sibilities-but apparently these laws are
not strictly enforced.

Following the July enactment of New
York's new statute. several legislative
restrictions have been proposed. Only
last month. for example, Gvernor Nel-
son Rockefeller banned mericuid pay-
ments for abortions.
In addition, public furor frm ngroups
such as the "Right to Life ' organiza-
tion continue to challenge the libertalized
law. Callers to Clergy Counseling in New
York City hear a recording staiig that
"New York's liberal abortion law is in
serious danger of being overturned." The
recording urges callers to "write wire
or call" their legislators to express their
interest in maintaining the present law.
Non-profit agencies operating in New
York charge fees considerably lower
than those demanded by commercial
agencies which the new proposed legis-
lation seeks to abolish.

IeSudn' case finalized
y in incident at Ad. Bldg

-Daiy--Tor uottieb
'Airnrien' at C terbury
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, famed local band
made good, played again to their hometown fans last night at
Canterbury House.

Groups stage drives
to help handicapped
By IDA ELROD port of these bills. WCCMSE is
"If I can't change my child holding a community wide meet-
ling from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
fur the sake of society, I'll at Cleary College Auditorium,
change society for the sake of 'ny 2170 Washtenaw, Ypsilanti. Dc.-i
child." Robert Segal, chairin'n of the
This will be the cry of parer organization, calls it "'ta effort
of handicapped children all over to change a system that has dis-
the state of Michigan a.s the state criminated against the andi-
legislature is confroniud with capped."
Also, the Association for Coil-
bills demanding mandatory spec- dren
ial education programs in everyn
school district. Difficulties is staging a bucket
drive throughout Ann Arbor to
The Washtenaw County Con- .
mittee for Mandatory Special aid the funding of a badly needed
Education (WCCMSE) is launch- central service center for the
ing a petition drive today in sup- group.

John Eustis, '73, yesterday
agreed to accept $120 in
fines and 72 hours of work
rather than face sentencing
on charges of assault and
Eustis accepted the fine and
work after consultation with his
attorney. In return, all charges
against him will be dropped,
even though he had been Coi-
victed of the crime.
Eustis plans to work off his
hours at Ozone House, a local
community service organization
concerned with the welfare of
young people.
The case stemmed from an
incident at a Feb. 19 demon-
stration outside the Adminis-
tration Bldg. Eustis was one of
a group demanding entrance to
an open Regents meeting, held
behind locked doors, to present
a list of demands.
The group's demands icicud-
ed an end to military research
and ROTC on campus and a
University-wide extension of a
policy barring job recruiting by
companies that have offices in
countries with a policy of apar-
theid, such as South Africa.
Pushing and shoving developed
as the crowd attempted to gain
entrance to the building, during
which Eustis and others were
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arrested and a University secur-
ity official was slightly injured.
Eustis pleaded guilty to the
charge of assault and battery at
his District Court trial last
Eustis faced University as well
as civil discipline for the incident.
At his trial last month before
a hearing officer appointed by
President Fleming, Eustis was
convicted on two counts; of us-
ing force or violence against a
University official and impeding
the movement of University per-
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disrupting a "duly authorized
University function" on the
grounds that the effectively
closed regents meeting was not
"duly authorized."
Eustis was sentenced to a
years probation by the hearing
The charges w e r e made
against Eustis under the Interim
Disciplinary Rules - established
by the regents in the wake of last
years Black Action Movement
student strike.
The complaint was brought by
Russel Downing, a University
security official.

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