The Michigan Dailv-Sunday, March 30, 1980-Page 3
QUESTIONS GOVT ABORTION FUNDING
By JULIE BROWN
"Mrs. Jones," a welfar recipient with four chil-
dren, is seeking an abortion. She hadn't used
available birth 'control methods, and claims she is
ra ble to take care of another child. Does society
ave an obligation to pay for elective abortions such
as this one?
This was one hypothetical situation presented to
approximately 140 participants at the fifth
Conference on Ethics, Humanism, and Medicine
(CEHM), held yesterday at the University's School
of:Public Health. According to conference director
Marc Basson, a fifthlyear Inteflex (Integrated
Premedical-Medical Program) student, CEJiM
provides a unique opportunity to examine ethical
MEDICAL EDUCATION at the University does
include instruction in ethics, but not of the same sort
asEHM, Basson said.
You, really can't teach bioethics, or any ethics,"
hesaid. "You can only learn it."
s "There was, and still is, a part of the Medical
, School program associated with ethics," he said.
amines medical ethics
"There is also a segment associated with Inteflex. It
was being done, but the case-oriented approach
provided a different experience."
PARTICIPANTS IN yesterday's conference-
students, faculty, and professionals-examined
several aspects of 'medical ethics. In addition to
government funding of elective abortions, refusal
to perform sterilization, cost effectiveness and patient
welfare, and suicide were discussed in formal
presentations and in small discussion groups.
George Sher, professor of philosophy at the
University of Vermont, discussed several aspects of
government funding of elective abortions.
"On strictly utilitarian grounds, there is a good
argument for providing government funding for
elective abortions," he said. Sher divided his
arguments for funding abortions into three
categories-an appeal for consistency, an appeal to
rights, and an appeal to utilities or societal benefits.
Sher also presented several arguments against
funding elective abortions, including the moral.
status of abortion itself.
ANN GOLDBLATT, an attorney and faculty
member at the University of Chicago, presented a
somewhat different view.
According to Goldblatt, the issue revolves around
two questions of definition: who is to be covered by
government funding of elective abortions, and what
is elective, as opposed to therapeutic;abortion.
"Government funding would reinforce the
tendency to see pregnancy as a disease" with
abortion as the cure, Goldblatt said. Abortion cannot
be classified as typical medical treatment she said,
because pregnancy is preventable and patient-
diagnosed, and because abortion is not usually done
by the woman's physician.
The conference, sponsored by the Committee on
Ethics, Humanism, and Medicine, was first held in
the spring of 1978, Basson said. Inteflex students
were the primary organizers of and participants in
the first conference, but participation has since
grown to include a wider variety of people, he said.
"The typical audience has been changing from
conference to conference," he said. "We've got a
fairly broad representation now."
WASHINGTON (AP) - The realities
'an election year are intruding on the da
drive to balance the 1981 budget, with Pr
both Democrats and Republicans a%
scrambling to turn spending cuts into sa
political gains. da
-The outcome of that maneuvering
could have a major impact on the wa
d general election in November when mi
voters will pick a president, 34 senators ce
and all 435 congressmen. ts
THE DEMOCRATS would like to dr
1lfim they balanced the budget, thus bu.
Wceopting a longtime GOP position. C
However, cutting too deeply into cer-, un
tain programs could lead some groups cut
of'voters to retaliate at the polls. list
Apparently recognizing the political
nger of one proposed budget cut,
esident Carter has already backed
way from a House recommendation to
ve $736 million by eliminating Satur-
ay mail deliveries.
That politically explosive suggestion
as made by the House Budget Com-
ittee while looking for ways to balan-
the budget for fiscal'1981, which star-
Oct. 1. However, the proposal has
awn fire from both voters and
CARTER WAS scheduled to formally
veil his long-awaited list of budget
its Monday. However, a copy of the
t distributed last week on Capitol Hill
showed the president recommending
only a '250 million cut in the postal ser-
vice subsidy, an amount that would
permit continued Saturday mail.
The House Budget Committee has
proposed a $611.8 billion 1981 budget
that calls for the first federal surplus in
12 years. The package will be con-
sidered on the House floor in mid-April.
The partisan side of congressional
budget-cutting also emerged last week
as the Senate Budget Committee
became bogged down in a lengthy bat-
tle over the 1980 budget ceiling, which
was exceeded last month by higher-
THE SENATE committee was expec-
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Coppola-whose other credits include
Apocalypse Now, The Black Stallion,
and The Godfather-is supporting
Brown for president and is said to hve
donated his own time.
But estimates from some Barown
campaign aides said the rally/light
show could cost as much as $100
million. That would include the half
hour television commerical time on
three Wisconsin stations, the dozen of
so cameras, the massive floodlights,
and the array of Hollywood technicians
who invaded; Madison four days before
In the speech, delivered as pictures of
rocket ships and space scenes flashed
on the screen behind him, Brown called
for "a strategic plan to industrialize"
using the resources of business, labor
and government. He blamed the "guns
and butter" government policies of the
1960s for causing the current inflation
ted to take up a proposed balanced
budget for 1981 next week. Because the
1980 ceiling was breached, Congress is
unable to approve any new spending
proposals, a predicament that is
blocking a wide variety of bills such as
refugee aid, food stamps, and black
Committee chairman Sen. Edmund
S. Muskie, (D-Maine), proposed lifting
the $547.6 billion ceiling by $20 billion,
but Republicans adopted a hard-line
stance against any increases.
They claimed that by rejecting
higher 1980 spending, Congress could
prevent the current year deficit from
rising to $38 billion and thus help slow
THE RIGID GOP position prompted
Democrats on the panel to take an
equally uncompromising attitude
toward increases and led to a series of
votes endorsing the original budget's
One committee source said the
Republican strategy was to force the
Democrats into favoring higher spen-
ding and then use that as a campaign
issue in the fall. Twenty-four of the 34
senators up for re-election this Novem-
ber are Democrats.
In the House, a different political pic-
ture has emerged with the most severe
split occurring between liberal and
moderate Democrats. The Republican
minority is expected to provide the
votes needed to pass the budget.
To exercise and refresh tired feet
when standing for a long time, try
rolling, the feet out, with toes straight
ahead, and standing on the outer edges.
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Cinema Guild-Polish Film Series, Without Anesthesia, 7 p.m.; Master
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Cinema Two-Breathless, 7,9 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Residential College/East Quad-"Women, Men, and Sexual Politics,"
10 a.m., East Quad.
Gay discussiongroub p.m., 802 Monroe.
Hiking Club-1:30 p.m., Rackham.
't 'Netherlands America'University League-Kess Snoek, poetry reading, 8
'p.m., International Center.
Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra Society-"Missa Solemis,"
.4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw.
Ethnic Theatre Festival-"El Teatro de La Esperanza," 8 p.m., East
Canterbuy Loft-"Homegrown-Women's Music Series," 7:30 p.m., 332
k S. State.
Opera Theatre-"The Coronation of Poppea," 3 p.m., Power Center.
School of Art-exhibition of -graduating seniors' work, third floor Rack-
Museum of Art-"American Photographs," Museum of Art.
Crisler Arena-Michigan Antiques Show and Sale, 11 a.m., Main St. and
Rec. Sports-Family Sunday Funday, "New Games Workshop," NCRB,
Hillel-Israeli dancing, 1 p.m., 1429 Hill.
AAFC-The Sun Shines Bright, 7 p.m., Cheyenne Autumn, 8:40, Aud. A,
Cinema Guild-Polish Film Series, Nightmare, 7 p.m., In the Still of the
}'Night, 9:05 p.m., Old Arch. Aud.
Arbor Alliance-The War Game, 2235 Angell, 7:30 p.m.
Nat. Resources-Environmental Film Series, Mzima: Portrait of. a
Spring, The Other Way, 7 p.m., Aud. B, Angell.
Ctr. for Near Eastern and N. African Stud.-Margaret Poot,
"Archaeological Musings in Absentia: On Persian Kings, Persepolis, and
Other Ancient Things," 12 p.m., Lane Hall Commons Rm..
Applied Mechanics-Alan Wineman, "On the Interaction of a Nonlinear
Elastic Solid and an Ideal Fluid," 4 p.m., 219 W. Eng.
Marcrmolecular Res. Ctr.-Y. Okamoto, "Aymmetric Polymerization
" of Methacrylate," 4 p.m., 3005 Chem.
St. Mary's Student Chapel-panel discussion by ex-offenders from state
and federal prisons, "The Ex-Offender: Hopes and Struggles," 7 p.m.,
Gabriel Richard Ctr. Lounge.
LSA Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecture-Gerald Else, "The
}Iumanities That Were,"8 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre.
Biology-Dorothy Tombaughn-Science for Students with Visual and
-Orthopedic Handicaps, 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m., 1139 Nat. Sci. Bldg.
PIRGIM-"Looking Back," a discussion of various views of war, 7:30
p.m., Conf. Rm. 5, Union.
U-M Bike Club-7:30 p.m., 1084 E. Eng.
CARD-Planning meeting, 7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 1917
Comm. for the Citizens Party-7 p.m., Conf. Rm. 6, Union.
Michigan Journal of Economics-4 p.m., Rm. 301, Econ Bldg.
Consumer Action Ctr.-consumer education and information workshop,
s 7v% All1 ni h.
Tickets for President Shapiro' s
inauguration and Concert
A Monday, April 14, 1980
A limited number of general admission tickets to President
Shapiro's Inaugural Ceremony and Inaugural Concert are
available for students, faculty and staff who would like to
attend. The Inauguration, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and the
concert at 2:00 p.m. Both events will be held in Hill Audi-
torium on Monday, April 14.
Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
upon presentation of an individual's identification card. Tic-
kets will be limited to two per person and will be distributed
from the Office of the Registrar, Room 1518, LSA Building,
from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. until
5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday, March
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
performed superbly in their 1978 UMS
appearance under the baton of their
conductor, Serg iu Comissiona. Harold
Schonberg has written in The New
York Times that this is "a first class
orchestra" and described Musical
Director Comissiona as "one of the
more impressive talents on the
American orchestral scene.
mu Adu um
Just ten years ago Sherrill Milnes
made his Metropolitan Opera debut,
and since that time his fame has
spread rapidly to every corner of the
globe. Now recognized internationally
as "The All-AmeriCan Superstar,"
Mr. Milnes has behind him a notable
record of leading roles in the
world's great opera houses.
Rackh~am Un uiornn
Due to the illness of one of its members
the Quartetto Italiano, scheduled for
April17 in Ann Arbor, has cancelled its
entire spring tour. Replacing them on
April 20 will be the Amadeus Quartet.
T __!. i . t A A T! .:
The University of Michigan
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Third Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecture Series
Professor Emeritus Gerald Else
in a threepart series, will discuss
The Humanities, Past,
Present, and Future
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