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Saturday, July 3, 1971


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Women to
file suit on
abortion law
A Detroit women's group has announced
it will bring a class suit against the state's
abortion laws in an effort to have them
ruled unconstitutional on the grounds that
"they infringe upon a woman's right to
privacy and to control her own body."
The organizers of the suit, Wayne State
S University Women's Liberation, are seek-
ing women to join their list of plaintiffs.
The organizers of the action claim that
the suit, "is a way of abolishing all abor-
tion laws instead of having to rely on male
Meanwhile, a House committee chair-
man who controls the Michigan Legisla-
ture's controversial abortion reform bill
has announced a committee vote soon on
whether to put the issue before the House
this fall.
Rep. David S. Holmes Jr., Social Serv-
ices and Corrections Committee chairman,
said late Thursday he will call for a vote
July 13 on the Senate-passed bill.
The measure would allow any Michigan
woman, resident of the state for at least
90 days, to have an abortion for any reason
within the first three months of pregnancy.
Holmes, who earlier opposed committee
action on the issue, said in a statement
that "abortion reform is of such magni-
tude that it is deserving of a full floor
In related remarks made on the floor,
the 12-year veteran Detroit Democrat
said the crush of work in his committee
now is past, allowing more time for the
' issue,
Holmes' statements and those of House
Speakter William A. Ryan coming from
men who have been considered e princi-
pal opponents of the bill gave the impres-
sion that an affirmative committee vote
might be expected,
Ryan referred to the scheduled action
as "bringing it out."
Holmes announced he would schedule a
vote at the same time on a Senate bill to
impose a one-year residency requirement
on welfare applications, Atty. Gen Frank
J. Kelley ruled the measure, similar to a
recent New York law, to be unconstitu-
But Ryan said Senate Appropriations
Committee Charles 0. Zollar R-Benton
Harbor, the residency sponsor, was "ru-
mored" to be "withholding" a bill to ex-
tend further financial support for Wayne
* Community College in Detroit. Ryan said
Zollar was understood willing to trade
the two issues.

- L-b~i ia A~ikswu ra ca
Mourning dead colleagues
American astronaut Thomas Stafford, flanked by two Soviet cosmonauts, Andri
Nikolaev and Georgi Beregovoi, attends the funeral services in Moscow yesterday
for the trio of Soyua XI cosmonauts who died during re-entry early Wednesday morn-
ing after their space-endurance record-breaking flight. Stafford represented Presi-
dent Nixon at the funeral.
Search committee seeks
Dean Spurr's successor

linkage is
A study of marijuana conducted by a
University pharmacologist indicates that,
as some pot users say, drugs and alcohol
don't mix.
Pharmacology Prof. Edward Domino
says he has discovered "some evidence"
to suggest a "cross-tolerance" between
marijuana and alcohol, meaning that the
habitual use of one of the two intoxicants
may diminish the ability of the other to
produce an effect.
Domino, who has been conducting re-
search on marijuana for 17 years, reports
on this and other findings in the current
issue of the University's Medical Center
Saying the cannabis plant, from which
marijuana is derived, "it not a narcotic
but an intoxicant," Domino writes that
"there is no proven cause-effect correla-
tion with narcotic use," as well as "no
known physical abstinence syndrome."
However, he does note indications that
marijuana smoking, like tobacco smoking,
might lead to cancer.
Since "almost all products of combus-
tion contain carcinogenic compounds, it
seems highly probable that the same will
be shown for marijuana smoke and tar,"
according to "preliminary animal evi-
dence" cited in the article,
Writing beneath the heading of "Mari-
juana: Fact vs. Fiction," Domino says,
"Contrary to widespread opinion, toler-
ance does occur to large amounts of Delta
9 THC," named in te atile as the maor
active ingredient in marijuana.
Such tolerance does not lead to addic-
tion t marijuana, Domino writes, nor t
a cross tolerance t LSD. However, h
says, an LSD flashback can be precipitated
by marijuana smoking "through an un-
known psychological mechanism."
Domino points out that "street mari-
juana varies widely in the amount of active
resin," warning that "street preparations
can be 'laced' with other chemicals so the
user is unaware of what he is really get-
Despite the dangers; Domino is op-
posed to the present penalties for use and
possession of marijuana.
"I object to Senator Hart's boy having
to go to jail for possessing a roach so
small that couldn't even have got him
high," Domino says.
Roek 'n Roll
cancelled for
this weekend
The loss of the use of Gallup park by
the Community Park Program has forced
the cancellation of this Suday's free con-
cert, organizers reported this week.
The city had previously agreed to relo-
cate Sunday's concert after complaints
from Concordia Lutheran Junior College
that the noise would interfere with a pro-
gram they had scheduled for the same
An alternative site proposed by the city
was rejected by the sponsors of the con-
certs as "unacceptable," however.
The site, next to Huron High School,
lacks sufficient grass or shade trees they
Although the rock concert is scheduled
to return to Gallup Park next week, plans
to renovate the site have cast doubt upon

where further concerts will be held.
The city has announced that within a
few weeks work will begin on repairing
damage done in the area durin: the spring
1970 flood.

The search for a dean to replace Stephen
Spurr, who has left his posts of dean of
the graduate school and vice-president of
the University to take office as President
of the University of Texas, has narrowed
to a field of about 15 candidates.
The two students and nine faculty mem-
bers on the search committee have already
sifted their way through a list of over 140
candidates in their quest for an "ambassa-
dor for scholarship, both outside and inside
the University.
Search committee chairman. Psycholo-

165,000 IN A YEAR:
N.Y. Reports on abortion

NEW YORK (A') - Nearly 165,000
abortions - more than half of them
on out-of-state women - were per-
formed in New York City during t h e
first year of the state's liberalized abor-
tion law, officials said this week.
The total - based on estimated from
collected doctors' reports - was well
above the 120,000 predicted by city of-
ficials when the law went into effect
last July 1, but well below estimates by
some opponents of the law who had
said as many as 500,000 women might
More came from out of state than ex-
pected, including 1,518 from other coun-
tries during the first nine months of
the liberalized law. Every state was re-
At a news conference, City Health
Services Commissioner Gordon Chase
said the city accounted for the "lion's
share" of abortions performed in the
"Nevertheless, the catastrophe many
foresaw a year ago failed to material-

ize," he said. "We have been able to
serve our residents as well as substan-
tial numbers of out-of-state women, and,
most importantly, we are serving wom-
en safely."
The death rate, he said, was 5.3 per
100,000, compared to rates of 17 per 100,-
000 in Great Britain during the first
year of its abortion law, or 40 per 100,-
000 in Scandinavia.
In addition, Chase said, the rate of
reported complications has steadily de-
Chase also said there is evidence that
the abortion law is having a favorable
effect on maternal mortality and the
number of out-of-wedlock births.
The law is too new for conclusive
statistics, he said, but he cited these
-Maternal mortality during October-
March was down to 2.6 per 100,000 live
births, an all-time low and less than half
that for the same period the previous
See ABORTION, Page 10

gy Prof. Wilbert McKeachie, says the
dean should fulfil three major qualifica-
tions: ,,diplomacy, policy determinations
and administration.
Primarily, McKeachie believes, the
dean should be a diplomat from a political
and interpersonal viewpoint, as he or she
will work with many different individuals.
As University president Robben Flem-
ing put it in a letter to the search com-
mittee; the new dean must have the force-
fulness to ensure adequate representation
of the graduate school in competition with-
in the University for funds.
Secondly, McKeachie says, "the new
dean must be a leader in graduate edu-
cation" to ensure the University's contin-
ued high ranking amongst the nations
graduate schools.
Thirdly, the new dean must be as ad-
ministratr. A capacity for crisis manage-
ment-such as in cases involving graduate
student demands for stipends, is neces-
sary, he says.
President Fleming will receive the com-
mittee's report with the names of four
to seven acceptable candidates before the
end of this month, from which he and the
regents will select the new dean.
Whomever the dean is to be, the job
will not be the same as it was when Spurr
held the position.
The tasks of overseeing the University's
Flint and Dearborn campuses have be-
fallen those campuses new chancellors,
and the new dean of the graduate school
will no longer also hold vice-presidential
Stars & Stripes Dept.
The Daily wishes to acknowledge
that there has been a misunderstand-
ing. A Daily editor, encouraging his
staff to "Go forth," was misunderstood
as telling them to "Go Fourth." So we
are-going for the Fourth of July, and
will be back for business as usual with
a paper Wednesday morning.

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