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PrpmdBallot proposals
Proposed- abortion ban: a firestorm of controversy

Continued from Page 8
Rights Restoration Act of 1988 but
then voted to uphold President
Reagan's veto of it.
Pollack, a state senator
representing all of Washtenaw
County since 1982, has made edu-
cation and the environment her top
Education, she believes, should
start "from day one" - meaning

pre-natal care. She sees the A Better
Child Care plan, which would allo-
cate $2.5 billion in federal funds for
child care "as a start" and would like
to see more. Local government,
Pollack says, should be responsible
for elementary education, but she
also sees a role for the federal gov-
ernment in higher education, espe-
cially in financial aid.
Pollack has called environmental
concerns her strongest issue, saying
the most important legislation she

has personally worked on has been
a package of six bills, not yet
passed, that would punish polluters,
criminally and financially, for fail-
ing to clean up.
She has blasted Pursell for lead-
ing the fight against adding $6 bil-
lion to the Clean Water Act in
1985 and has often made reference
to his inclusion among "the dirty
dozen," a list of 12 legislators with
the worst environmental records.
That list was put out by the lobby-
ing group, Environmental Action.

By Victoria Bauer and
Lisa Winer
Of all the Michigan ballot pro-
posals this election, none has re-
ceived more attention and spurred
more controversy than Proposal A,
which, if passed, will discontinue
medicaid-funded abortions in the
Proposal A, unlike the other
proposals on the ballot this
November, has divided the state
into two emotionally charged
'The proposal is a back
door effort to erode
abortion rights for all
- Deborah Ness, a
spokesperson for the
National Abortion Rights
Action League
camps battling over an issue in
which morals and economics have
come to a head.
The crux of the proposal focuses
on the poor women of Michigan
who cannot afford to pay for abor-
Michigan Right to Life, the ini-

tiator of the proposal, argues that
state-funded abortions hurt poor
women because they are frequently
used as a birth control method
which is dangerous for the women
involved and expensive for the tax-
payers. For the last 11 years,
Michigan has funded abortions at a
cost of $6 million a year.
But pro-choice groups, like Peo-
ple's Campaign for Choice (PCC),
counter Right to Life by arguing
that the proposal discriminates
against poor women because it de-
nies them the right to have an
abortion, a service they feel should
be entitled to all women.
PCC also argues that if the pro-
posal passes, taxpayer's will have
to pay more money to support
mothers and their babies, who will
more than likely need welfare to get
by, than it costs to fund the abor-
Although the proposal allows
abortions for women whose lives
are endangered, it does not allow
abortions for women who are vic-
tims of rape or incest.
Jay Sappington, a spokesperson
for the Committee to End Tax
Funded Abortions (CETFA), said
that rape rarely results in pregnancy
and that if it does, "it doesn't make
sense to abort the innocent victim
(the fetus). It makes sense to go af-

Continued from Page 8
He added
that he felt the increase in tuition
rates reflects the administration's
misplaced priorities.
Birkett also opposes the
deputization of campus safety offi-
cers and blames the state legislature
for not preventing it or any other
violations of student's constitu-
tional rights. However, Birkett
maintains that unless the Univer-

sity is violating student's First
Amendment rights, the state legis-
lature should respect the Univer-
sity's autonomy.
One issue the candidate seems
less than conservative on is drugs.
Birkett was identified in a High
Times magazine article this past
July as an activist for National Or-
ganization for the Repeal of Mari-
juana Laws (NORML). According
to the article, Birkett was detained
for two weeks, including the day of
the Bash, due to his misdemeanor

conviction on marijuana possession
and driving while impaired. Birkett,
when asked last week about the ar-
ticle, identified himself as the same
Birkett and did not challenge the
facts in the article.
Richard Birkett has an uphill
battle on his hands Tuesday to de-
throne Perry Bullard, the eight-term
incumbent. Bullard has been chal-
lenged by civil libertarians before,
along with many others, and has
never been truly threatened in his
re-election bids.


Pro-life persistence to ban state-funded abortions prompted the push for Prop A.

ter the criminal."
According to Joel Weinshank, a
PCC spokesperson, "(CETFA) is
out of touch with many of the
problems facing poor women." He
said PCC is also concerned that if
the proposal passes, it could be a
first step to prohibit abortion for all
"The proposal is a back door ef-
fort to erode abortion rights for all
women," said Deborah Ness, a
spokesperson for the National
5, a

Abortion Rights Action League in
Washington D.C.
But CETFA denies that it plans
to do more than end state-funded
abortion in Michigan, CETFA
Chair Barbara Listing said.
Proposal A has reached the ballot
this November, but it has a long,
torrid history behind it.
Nine years ago, the first bill to
ban state-funded abortions was in-
troduced and passed by a majority of
the members of the state legisla-

ture. But former governor William
Millikin vetoed it.
The legislature has persisted over
the years, and since 1978 both
Milliken and Governor James
Blanchard have vetoed 17 attempts
to end medicaid-funded abortions.
And the legislature has never been
able to capture the two-thirds vote
from the state House and Senate
needed to override the Governors'
See PROP A, Page 6



Props C, D would
clean-up toxic waste



sites, state

By Elizabeth Robboy

Do you care about the future of
Michigan's 1,778 toxic waste sites,
its parks, and its water supply?
If you answered 'yes' to that
question, you might be interested in
Proposals C and D, two non-con-
troversial environmental bonds that
will appear on Michigan's ballot.
Proposal C asks for the approval
of a $660 million bond which
would allocate money toward the
"$425 million toward cleaning up
toxic waste
'$150 million toward reducing
solid waste and encouraging recy-
-$60 million toward purifying the
water supply
"$25 million toward the Great
Lakes Protection fund
Proposal D asks for the approval
of a $140 million bond which
would allocate money toward the

-$70 million toward preserving
state park~s
-$70 million toward preserving
local parks
Proposals C and D were set forth
by Governor James Blanchard in
January in response to the envi-
ronmental crises that Michigan is
currently facing. Michigan has the
third highest number (1,778) of
toxic waste sites in the nation.
It is estimated that in 10 to 15
years these environmental bond
programs, if approved by the vot-
ers, could cleanup over half of
Michigan's toxic waste sites.
Proposals C and D are non-con-,
troversial because they cost the
voters nothing and companies are
afraid to oppose them, said Andy
Bushsbaum, program director and
lobbyist for the Public Interest Re-
search Group of Michigan.
Because they are way down on
the ballot, however, most voters
won't bother with them, Bushs-
baum said.


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