The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI. No. 38-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, July 2, 1976
Abortion rights broadened
nixes Missouri law
WASHINGTON MA - The Supreme Court ruled yes-
terday that neither husband nor parent can be given
veto power over a woman's decision to have an abortion.
The court struck down provisions of a Missouri law
which requires the consent of the husband of a married
woman and the consent of at least one parent of a single
woman under 18.
THE VOTE WAS 6 to 3 on the issue of requiring the
husband's consent, with Chief Justice Warren Burger and
Justices Byron White and William Rehnquist dissenting.
Justice John Stevens joined Burger, White and Rehn-
quist in maintaining that the parental consent require-
ment should have been upheld.
The decision appeared to leave the way open for
states to impose some provisions for parental consent, at
least at some ages, as long as they did not amount to
"Our holding . . . does not suggest that every minor,
regardless of age or maturity, may give effective consent
for termination of her pregnancy," Justice Harry Black-
mun said for the court.
IT WAS THE court's first major abortion decision since
the justices ruled in 1973 that states may not regulate
abortion in the first three months of pregnancy.
That decision, which was also written by Blackmun,
held that the state could not prohibit abortions until
afterthe stage at which the fetus would be able to live on
Ilse Darling, national director of the Religious Coali-
tion for Abortion Rights, predicted that yesterday's de-
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The tall ships
Tall ships, accompanied by hundreds of tourist boats and the Goodyear blimp, head out of Nar-
ragansett Bay, R.L yesterday after parading under the Newport Bridge. The ships are bound for
New York after spending several days in Newport.
Act, a ME O s
By MIKE NORTON
After an hour of debate and exhorta-
tion, Ann Arbor's largest union of city
workers voted yesterday afternoon to
accept a negotiated settlement of their
contract dispute with the city, quelling
for the moment widespread fear of a
disastrous municipal strike.
The settlement was reached at 2 a.m.
yesterday at the end of an all-night bar-
gaining session between negotiators for
the American Federation of State, Coun-
ty, and Municipal Employes (AFSCME)
and the city, two hours after the expira-
tion of last year's contract.
AFSCME LOCAL 367, which repre-
sents garbage workers, sewage workers
and park workers, as well as some cler-
ical personnel, voted nearly five to one
to accept the settlement. Opponents -of
the pact, however, were vociferous in
"You may think you ratified some-
thing just now," one angry union mem-
ber told another in the hall outside City
Council chambers, "but you ain't got
nothing yet. You ain't got a pot to piss
in, because Council is gonna vote on it
Monday and if they turn it down what's
gonna happen then?"
Overall, though, the mood was jovial
as most of the members hustled out of
the polling area to get home for supper.
"I think we can keep our heads above
water now," said one of them, smiling.
Had the contract not been approved,
the city probably would have found itself
without the crucial services of the 322
AFSCME members. City Administrator
Sylvester Murray had threatened
Wednesday to seek a court injunction
against the union in the event of a
strike. Walkouts by municipal employes
are illegal in Michigan,
The new contract would substantially
increase pay and benefits for the city
workers, with little chance of any layoffs
becoming necessary to pay for the in-
The police and fire contracts, which
are negotiated separately, also expired
Wednesday night. Those unions, how-
ever, have filed for binding arbitration,
a time-consuming process that could
take several months.
Plain as the nose on your face
This horse steps up for a closer look while posing for a portrait.