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Protest to mark 1973 decision

(Continued from Page 1)
Parenthood didn't request support from the group this year.
"There just was not the expressed need in this area," she
Hansen said that NOW has organized activities to com-
memorate the anniversary of the landmark decision in the
past but that the group has strayed from that strategy in
recent years because of the cold weather.
"People don't bother to stop," she said. "It's too cold."
NOW is adopting other strategies to protect abortion rights
for all women, Hansen said. Currently local members are
spending a lot of time and money writing letters to their
legislators to keep Medicaid-funded abortions available to
Michgan residents, she said.
THE STATE Senate recently voted to ban the funding and

the House is expected to take the measure up in the near
future. In past years, the governor has vetoed attempts by
the legislature to halt the funding. Lobbying the legislature
on this issue has become a primary concern of Michigan
NOW chapters, Hansen said.
Matthew Gutchess, a member of Students for Life, one of
the groups organizing today's rally and march, said he
wishes to change the law by working within the system and
does not support the recent incidents of abortion clinic
"I'm personally opposed to the bombings," said the senior
computer science major. He added that a couple of years ago
he and other anti-abortion protesters stationed in front of
Planned Parenthood were charged with breaking a window

he said they did not break.
Most groups opposed toa
Gutchess said. He said he
result of a few individuals a
"Working outside the la
uutchess said. "It's counte
Meanwhile in Washingto
ted to brave bitter cold in tc
since 1973.
In Hollywood, Calif., me
tion clinic for a third day S
abortion foes was peaceful
The NOW members vows
anniversary of the Suprem
at about 20 clinics across t

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 22, 1985-- Page 5
legalizing abortion
abortion facilities since 1982.
"We had a couple of 'prolifers' (anti-abortion activists)
abortion do not resorttviolence' shake their Bibles at us and tell us we were wrong," said
nd not o ganize teviolence is the Joyce Johnson-Pollard, director of the Hollywood clinic.
aw is defeating your purposes," "We're not looking for any trouble. We're carrying signs for
erproductive." abortions, for women's free choice - things that are real
positive for us."
n, thousands of people were expec- Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
oday's annual March for Life, held arrested three men Saturday near Washington in attacks
against abortion clinics in the nation's capital.
embers of NOW guarded an abor- All three are charged with taking part in the bombings of
unday and said an encounter with six abortin clinics and family planning centers in the
Washington area last year; with the Feb. 19, 1984, bombing of
the Hillcrest Clinic; and the bombing of an American Civil
ed to stand guard through today's Liberties Union office in Washington.
ne Court decision. NOW held vigils United Press International contributed to this story.
he country to protest attacks on 30

admits to
cover up
TORUN, Poland (UPI)-An interior
Ministry secretary yesterday burst into
tears on the witnessstand and admitted
she helped cover up evidence im-
plicating four secret police officers in
the murder of a pro-Solidarity priest.
Also yesterday, a suspended secret
police general denied he gave orders to
kill the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko and said
he would have stopped his subordinated
had he known they were conspiring to
carry out last year's kidnapping and
.Gen. Zenon Platek, 58, an interior
Ministry department head suspended
from duty following Popieluszko's Oct.
19 kidnapping, rejected testimony from
the accused suggesting he was involved
in the killing. The priest's body was
found 11 days later in a reservoir near
Torun in northern Poland.
The defendants have claimed
Popieluszko's murder was part of a
government plot to silence the fiery
supporter of the outlawed Solidarity
"I : was never aware of any
preparations to take action against
Popieluszko and I would have stopped
them if I had known. I never gave any
orders for anything to be done about the
priest," Platek said.
Platek implicated secret police Col.
Adam Pietruszka, saying Pietruszka
deliberately neglected to tell him the
registration number of the police car
used to abduct the priest.
Pietruszka is charged with com-
plicity in the murder, Capt. Grzegorz
Piotrowski and Lts. Waldemar Ch-
mielewski and Leszek Pekala are
chared with kidnapping and killing
Popieluszko. All four face possible
death sentences.
Piotrowski's secretary, Barbar
Story, wept as she testified that she
made an anonymous telephone call to
Warsaw police following Popieluszko's
death in an effort to cover up the crime.
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