The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 14, 1980-Page 3
COPELON CRITICIZES HYDE AMENDMENT
Attorney afacks pro-lie forces
Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
ATTORNEY RHONDA COPELON, who argued against the Hyde Amendment
before the Supreme Court, spoke last night on campus to law students and
women's rights activists about the decision.
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University Musical Society-Smithsonian Chamber Players, 8:30 p.m.,
Women in Communications-Resume writing workshop, 7 p.m., Rooms
D and E, Michigan League.
PIRGIM-Energy Task Force meeting, 7:30 p.m., East Quad.
NOW-Lecture, Phyllis Marsh, "The Psychology of Self Defense," 8:00
p.m. (Coffee, 7:30 p.m.), Unitarian Church, 1917 Washtenaw Ave.
Peace Corps-Seminars: Drs. Alan and Judith Guskin, "The Role of
University of Michigan Students in the Founding of the Peace Corps," Kuen-
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Peace Corps in a Global Perspective," Pendleton Room; Prof. Richard An-
trews, "Third World Resource Management in the 80's-Forest and Energy,
Food, Wildlands, and Tourism in Developing Countries," Conference Rooms
5 and 6; Harris Wofford, "Options for National Service in the Future,"
Assembly Hall; William Sykes, "Economic Growth and Human Develop-
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Trotter House Gallery-Art show, Yusuf Rashed, 1443 Washtenaw Ave.
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Catalyzed Oxidations," 4 p.m., Room 1300, Chem. Bldg.
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Statistics Department-Cliff Ball, "A Consulting Problem in
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Rec. Sports-IM Paddleball (AC-s) Tournament, 6:30 p.m., IMSB.
UAC-Open Workshop, Impact Dance, Union Ballroom, 7-9 p.m.
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By NANCY BILYEAU
In 1976, a 24 year-old woman named
Cora McRae was refused an abortion
from Planned Parenthood since she
was unable to pay, and the legislation
known as the Hyde amendment denied
her Medicaid funding.
On Jan. 15, 1980, a U.S. District Court
judge ruled in the New York case
McRae v. Harris that it was uncon-
stitutional to deny Medicaid funds to
poor women for abortion.
McRAE'S LAWYER, Rhonda
Copelon, an attorney from the Center
for Constitutional Rights, told repor-
ters, "It is a landmark for women, for
the ,poor, for liberty, and for the Con-
Four months later, the U.S. Supreme
Court upheld the Hyde Amendment and
similar state laws that prohibit federal
funding for abortions. The decision
means state Medicaid programs are
required to pay only for abortions that
are judged necessary by a woman's
Copelon, a Yale Law School graduate
whose field of expertise is reproductive
rights, spoke to law students and
women's rights groups in Ann Arbor
last night about the ramifications of the
latest Supreme Court decisions. -
"I WANT TO talk to you about how
bad things really are," she told an
audience of approximately 100 last
night in Hutchins Hall. "I want you to
know that there's a dangerous pro-
fascist movement out there."
The Catholic Church has for many
years provided the backbone of the pro-
life movement, according to Copelon.
In the last two years, she said, there has
Council defeated 5-3 an amendment
that would guarantee equal access to
the city's special solid waste pick-up
program. As the ordinance now stands,
the city will not pick up trash placed on
the curb by a renter if the carpeting or
appliance belongs to a corporate lan-
dlord or a large management com pany.
"We don't want to provide these ser-
vices to businesses," Mayor Lou
Belcher said. "This amendment could
easily be abused-it could cost the city
a lot of money," he added.
Council came up with the necessary
eight votes to put into motion the
Fuller-Glen area transportation
project. Council voted to match a
University allocation of $85,000 towards
preliminary engineering of the project.
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been a merger between the Catholic
and evangelical groups to form a
powerful coalition that practices.
Copelon claimed that the intent of the
pro-life advocates-and she included
presidential candidate Ronald Reagan
in this group-is to create single-issue
"The right to life le are trying to
coerce people into voting solely on one
issue," she said- "And that's the issue
THESE RIGHT-WING groups are
punishing any kind of sexuality that
isn't heterosexual and monogamous,
Copelon said. "They're turning back
the clock. They're anti-ERA and anti-
women's rights. They want to return
power and privilege to men."
Even though it is women who are the
most visible in this pro-life movement,
Copelon traced the power to a set of
"wealthy white men." She said these
men seek to "establish a Christian
nation. Their laws will reflect the most
traditional reactionary, patriarchal
She described the opposition's
strategy as trying to create a "villain"
that doesn't exist. "They have created
the innocent fetus as a symbol of what's
good and pure."
"WE'VE FOUND that many women
who cannot get Medicaid funds will pay
for their abortions by scraping the
money together," Copelon said. "There
are many cases of women being forced
to turn to theft or prostitution to pay for
She pointed out that this Medicaid
money would go in large amounts to the
same women if they are forced to carry
their children to full term, or who incur
medical expenses because of com-,
plications during pregnancy.
Copelon acknowledged that Gov.
William Milliken has a pro-abortion
record, but warned state residents that
it is dangerous to "rely on a governor
"People don't think that they have to
do anything," she said. "They're being
passive about the issue of abortion."
Copelon urged enlightened women
and men to tell the public that "the
right to abortion itself is in danger."
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