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Protestors block
.abortion clinic

The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 23, 1989 - Page 5
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DETROIT - Anti-choice
demonstrators forced a Detroit GYN
abortion clinic to open late Saturday
morning, on the anniversary of the
1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court
decision legalizing abortion.
Over 150 protesters arrived at the
lminic around 8 a.m. and sat down
outside, blocking its doors and
refusing to move. Clinic staff and
patients were unable to enter the
building until Detroit police re-
moved the protestors a half hour
Protestors blocked both front and
back entrances to the clinic and the
sidewalk while huddling close to-
ether and singing hymns.
Though police warned protesters
that they were in danger of being
arrested, many refused to move. One
officer warned that the protesters
were violating the right to assemble
by blocking doorways and sidewalks.
But protestors refused to clear the
entrances and sidewalk.
At 8:30 a.m., four police units
with a transport bus arrived at the

Pro-choice activists chan-
ted "Right to Life, fascist
sleaze, you can't keep
women on their knees,"
while anti-choice demon-
strators continued to sing
their hymns.
site to arrest protesters and take them
to a Detroit police station.
Fifty-five demonstrators were
arrested and charged with disorderly
conduct. Many protestors refused to
walk to the bus, and had to be
dragged or carried. One waited on the
ground outside the bus and chanted,
"Jesus, I love you. You are the Lord,
One anti-choice protestor, Jeane
Lake of Saline, said that many

protesters were motivated to shut
down the clinic for religious beliefs.
A counter-demonstration orga-
nized by the Ann Arbor and Detroit
Committees to Defend Abortion
Rights members gathered around
8:40 a.m.
The pro-choice demonstrators
carried signs, chanted, and later
helped escort patients into the clinic,
after a path to the door had been
No fights broke out between anti-
choice and pro-choice activists,
though some pushed and shoved and
many shouted out slogans.
Pro-choice activists chanted
"Right to Life, fascist sleaze, you
can't keep women on their knees,"
while anti-choice demonstrators
continued to sing their hymns.
One man looked at a woman and
chanted, "Not the church; not the
state, women must decide their fate."
She countered, "What about the
rights of the unborn?"
One clinic staffer who declined to
be identified said, "I fear for my
life," and said she was glad the pro-
choice demonstrators were present.

LSA sophomores Michelle Fleischer, Susan- Langnas, and Nicole Carson rally for abortion
rights on the diag Friday afternoon.

Continued from Page 1
LSA senior Mike Richman said

that even though a man may want to
be included in the decision of.
whether or not his girlfriend or wife
had an abortion, the decision should
legally be the woman's because
"ultimately it's the woman's body."

Call 764-0557

Bentley Library awarded
for historical collection

The Bentley Historical Library on North Campus
isn't the best place to go to do a last-minute term
paper, admits archivist William Wallach. One could
spend days fishing through 7,500 collections for the
right primary source material, from original United
Nations notes to Spanish-American War documents.
But for researchers seeking thorough historical col-
lections, the library has been ranked among the best.
The Society of American Archivists singled out the
Bentley Library, on North Campus, for its Distin-
guished Service Award, the society's most prestigious
award for archival excellence.
Included in the library's collections that "cover an
entire universe of human activity," are tapes, docu-
ments, and photographs recording political elections,
the gay movement and the struggle over abortion
rights, said Wallach, assistant director of the library.
The award was a "sustained effort of the staff over
the last 50 years of collecting the historical records and
making the material accessible," Wallach said.
The Society also awarded the library's research
fellowship program and five Bentley archivists. Award
recipients include archivists Gregory Kinney, Nancy

Bartlett, Kathleen Koehler, Avra Michelson, and Judith
The archives, open to the public, draw more than
50 percent of their users from outside the University.
Lawyers, researchers, and genealogists from around the
world frequently use the library, Wallach said.
To make students, faculty and staff more aware of
the archives, the library is starting to hold orientation
sessions, he added.
"Using the library is like detective work. There is
an ocean full of facts, and you channel those facts to
give them structure and meaning, said Wallach. "For
someone who has a term paper due the next day, you
wouldn't come here," he said.
History professor and frequent library-user Sid-
ney Fine said the library was well-deserving of the
award. "I use the library for almost every book I've
ever written... it is the best library of its kind in the
country," he said.
The Bentley Library opened in 1935, one year
after the establishment of the National Archives. The
award is not annual, but is given whenever the society
deems a 'library deserving. The New York State
Archives last received the award two years ago, Wal-
lach said.

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America. You have to work for it,"
he said.
He stressed the importance of ed-
ucation and knowledge of the
English language for refugees.
"I've learned that I have to help
myself. And I'm ready for that," said
Dinh Nguyen, a second-year engi-
neering student from Vietnam. He
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said he feels no disappointment at
coming to the United States.
But panelist Phia Gao Yang said
he expected to find "a land filled with
giants who will eat you," when he
immigrated to the United States
from Laos in 1976.
"Sometimes it's very awful to be
in the United States, but I've learned
a lot," said Yang, director of the
Mutual Assistance Association in
Currently 3,000 refugees from

Laos live in Michigan, Yang said.
Highlights of the day included a
presentation on "Achievement in
America" given by Dr. John Whit-
more, faculty associate of the Center
for South and Southeast Asian
Studies, and two films that
chronicled the journey of Laotians
and Vietnamese from their home-
lands to the United States:
"Becoming American" by Ken
Levine and "Bittersweet Survival" by
Christine Choy.

Spring-Summer 1989
Study Abroad Programs are as follows:




M-- *

The Peace Corps is an exhilarating two year ex-
perience that will last a lifetime.
Working at a professional level that ordinarily
might take years of apprenticeship back home,
volunteers find the career growth they're looking for
and enjoy a unique experience in the developing
International firms and government agencies
value the skills and knowledge mastered during
Peace Corps service.
Peace Corps representatives will be
holding an information table TODAY from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Michigan Union - ground floor

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(Intensive Italian Language)
Monday January 23, 3:00 P.M.
MLB 4th Floor Commons
(French language program)
Monday January 23, 4:30 P.M.
MLB 3rd Floor Commons
Wednesday January 25, 4:00 P..M.
Haven Hall, 7th Floor Lounge
Thursday January 26, 7:00 P.M.
Tappan Hall, Room 180
Monday January 30, 4:00 P.M.
MLB 4th Floor Commons
Tuesday January 31, 4:00 P.M.
MLB 4th Floor Commons
Tuesday January 31, 4:00 P.M.
MLB Room B-116

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