Pro-lifers protest law
The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 23, 1986 - Page 5
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The protestors began at the Diag,
marched down Washtenaw Ave., and
concluded their vigil at University
Hospital, where they sang and
demonstrated against abortions per-
formed there. A hospital spokesman
was unable to estimate how many
abortions the hospital performs,
because of a problem with their com-
Anti-abortion groups have held
marches every year since the
decision, said Mike Cummins, head of
Washtenaw County's Right-to-Life
organization. He feels education plays
a big part in the efforts of his and
other anti-abortion groups. "Once we
have education," he said, "all things
will fall in place."
"I BELIEVE that life begins at
conception. We have no right to take
it. No one can speak for an unborn
child... Through every state of
development, we have to depend on
each other," said LSA sophomore
Cathy St. John.
"I go because I know it's right to go.
I know that God wants me to go," said
twelve-year-old John Cherney.
"Unless the baby will kill the mother I
think it (abortion) is wrong. You
might as well stay single if you're
going to kill your baby," he said.
Ann Arbor resident, Mary Ann
Roth, a mother of two, said she was
participating in the vigil to celebrate
the preciousness of human life.
"Right now they (children) are not a
precious commodity," she said.
She added that abortion takes away
from the sanctity of human life and
affects family life.
"I think there should be alter-
natives. I'd rather put the taxpayers
money into better use... I think the
worst argument (for abortion) is the
quality of life argument. I don't think
anyone can judge for them (unborn
children) their quality of life," said
Stephanie Beck, a graduate student at
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scale in favor of abortion," Gutchess
He added that the exception would
be if the mother's life was in danger.
Speaking for supporters of pro-
choice, Jennifer Roberts of the Ann
Arbor chapter of NOW, discussed the
trauma of illegal abortions before
1973. She was one of seven speakers
commemorating the Roe vs. Wade
"MANY OF us had abortions when
it was illegal," she began. "Our
sisters do not know what it was like
for us. We must tell the stories about
the coat hangers, knitting needles, lye
douches, and quinine we used to (per-
form abortions) ourselves."
Another speaker LSA sophomore
Jon Bhushan, whose recalling of a
recent visit to India brought an
energetic response from the crowd.
Bhushan told of walking "the cow
dung streets" of India and seeing a
woman who had bashed in the head of
her child "so that people could pity
her and give her more money."
"I WISH Ronald Reagan could go to
India and see the children who die
because there is no food, no gover-
nment support. I make that challenge
to him," he said.
"I think there was a good turnout,"
said Joe Sazye, director of Christians
in Action. "I think it's good that both
sides were there. I think the majority
are in favor of the pro life stand."
Though he admits there were some
moments of tension while both Right-
to-Life and pro-choice vied for crowd
support, Gutchess said of the rally "I
thought it was excellent."
Doily Photo by DEAN RANDAZZO
Dennis Cherney, an Ann Arbor resident, and son Paul light candles at last
night's vigil to protest the 13th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision
that legalized abortion.
Students wanrit rigi l-to-know
Selective Service seeking liars
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means to get through college -
without federal support - escape
being looked at by the government,"
he said. "Tying registration to student
*aid dollars skews the population that
is being checked on, so the needy are
GROTRIAN also said that the
Solomon Amendment puts the finan-
cial aid office in an unusual position.
We've never had to act as an agent
for any other government
organization. It's just not a normal
role for us to play."
But in a news conference in
Washington, D.C. yesterday, Bennett
said the new arrangement "will not
only protect the federal taxpayer, but
also fulfill our obligation to those
millions of fine young men who have
registered to serve their country if
He quoted Theodore Roosevelt as
saying "the first requisite of a good
citizen in this Republic of ours is that
he shall be able and willing to pull his
"One of the way in which college
students can pull their weight and
fulfill their responsibility of citizen-
ship is by standing ready to defend
their country in time of need," Ben-
A research proposal by Political
Science Prof. Raymond Tanter which
would study informed means of arms
control was not a Strategic Defense
Initiative project. The Daily in-
correctly reported on Jan. 21 that
Tanter's project was an SDI proposal.
In the same article, Birdsall's
budget should have read $240,000 over
three years rather than a budget of $2.4
By MARNIE CRILEY
Students yesterday rolled ten
barrels emblazoned with skulls and
crossbones and filled with postcards
demanding information about toxic
wastes in the area from the Union to
the County Building.
Members of the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan collec-
ted 1,200 signatures on postcards en-
dorsing a Right-to-Know proposal at
booths around campus and town
yesterday and then delivered the car-
ds in barrels to the county's Board of
Commissioners last night.
PIRGIM MEMBERS are hoping to
pressure the board into okaying the
proposal, which would require the
county to provide workers, emergen-
cy response officials, and community
residents with information on toxic
and hazardous chemicals.
A similar measure has been ap-
proved by the state House of
Representatives but is awaiting ac-
tion in the Senate. David Krauss, a
member of PIRGIM, said local endor-
sement of the measure would "set an
example and influence people" in
The Washtenaw County Board of
Commissioners was scheduled to
discuss the Right-To-Know proposal
last night but it was taken off the
agenda until next week's meeting.
Judy Hyslop, PIRGIM's Right-To-
Know task. force co-ordinator said,
"the temptation is to wait for the state
to pass a law. We have to resist that
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ered before there is irreparable
Some research for President
Reagan's Strategic Defense
Initiative, for example, could ban
publication of the results, Josephson
SHAPIRO agreed with Josephson,
saying that "closing down access to
results is generally counterproduc-
The guideline review was ordered
last summer after several regents
were angered by former Vice
President for Research Alfred
Sussman's rejection of a project
proposed by Political Science Prof.
Raymond Tanter. Results of Tanter's
project would have been restricted by
Shapiro threatened last fall to
bypass the University Coucnil and to
ask the regents to approve the ad-
ministration's code proposal opposed
by. MSA. But University ad-
ministrators said last week that
Shapiro would wait until at least the
council's mid-March projection for
finishing its work.
Josephson last night wouldn't
comment on the council's work so far,
but said he'd oppose any attempt to
subvert regental by-law 7.02. The by-
law forbids passage of any code of
conduct without the approval of MSA.
Shapiro was asked how much in-
fluence students should have in
University decision-making. He said
students should concern themselves
not with power but with playing im-
portant roles on advisory committees
to the University's executive officers.
"The real power is the power of
ideas," Shapiro said, "If you want
change, the power lies in helping to
come up with solutions to your con-
Josephson also last night said that
the University's efforts to improve
campus safety - such as making Nite
Owl service more frequent - have not
been sufficient. Shapiro agreed, and
said administrators were looking into
other safety 'measures, such as in-
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