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OPINION
Thursday, February 16, 1989

Page 4

The Michigan Daily

Protest

lies

and

misinformation

By Andrea Bozoki
On December 1,1985 the Ann Arbor
News carried a series of articles on the
Pregnancy counseling Center,(PCC.)
Entitled "'Neutral' Clinic uses Pressure
Tactics, False Statistics," it discussed a
then-new clinic and its use of less-than-
aboveboard methods to keep pregnant
women from having abortions.
It is now 1989, and what was true then
is still true now:
- This organization is not an impartial
counseling service.
- They will attempt to influence your
decision.
- They are funded by the Right-to-Life
movement, and their goal is to make a
woman carry a pregnancy to term, under
all circumstances.
The clinic uses tactics originally sug-
Andrea Bozoki is a member of the
Ann Arbor Committee to Defend Abor-
tion Rights .

gested by the anti-choice activist Robert
Pearson, who worked out a series of sug-
gestions for Right-to-Lifers interested in
helping women reach the "right" decision.
Among other ideas, he suggested that the
clinic have a neutral sounding name that
would attract women considering all the
alternatives, but refuse to give them in-
formation on, or refer them to, an abortion
clinic. He also recommends against offer-
ing any advice that would shine a positive
light on the option of abortion. These, and
other suggestions are followed by the
PCC, which offers free pregnancy testing
in exchange for watching slide shows of
aborted fetuses and the evils of abortion.
In addition, the clinic has "counselors"
who announce a positive pregnancy test
not with how many weeks pregnant a
woman is, but by the "baby due date."
Another tactic, suggested by Pearson
and adhered to by the clinic in Ypsilanti,
is to prolong the decision making process
as long as possible (by suggesting that a
woman go home and think it over for at
least 48 hours, even though she may have
already deliberated days, or even weeks),

thereby increasing the likelihood of a more
complicated second trimester abortion
procedure, resulting in increased fears.
If the PCC offered some real alternatives
to pregnant women who can't afford to
have a baby, there would be some merit to
the clinic, but of course, values are one
thing; money is quite another. Pregnant
women who call seeking financial aid for
their unborn babies are offered maternity
clothes, used baby furniture, and the op-
tion to go on Medicaid, if they qualify.
While there is a physician associated with
the clinic, he certainly doesn't work for
free, and the clinic will not absorb the cost
of delivery, let alone pre- and post-natal
care for women who don't have the re-
sources to pay for themselves.
While the PCC is staying within the
law, there have been instances where
similar clinics have not shown so much
finesse. In San Francisco, a young Chi-
nese high school student went to an anti-
abortion clinic accidentally seeking an
abortion. At the center, she was deceived
and misled for weeks. When she finally
realized that the center was not prepared to

offer an abortion, she was too far into her
pregnancy. The center's staff realized that
this misled young woman was not going
to return to her parents home. They con-
trived a letter detailing a phony story
about her receiving an out of country

The purpose of the picket is to inform
the public that the PCC is an anti-choice
front, not to be confused with a genuine
counseling center. I am asking that if you
care at all about truth in advertising, and a
woman's right to her own body, that you

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'In addition, the clinic has "counselors" who announce a
positive pregnancy test not with how many weeks pregnant a
woman is, but by the "baby due date."'

scholarship. She was to use this letter to
deceive her parents so she could be sent
away to have her baby.
For these as well as related reasons the
Ann Arbor committee to Defend Abortion
Rights will be holding an informational
picket in front of the clinic on Saturday
from 9 am to noon.

join AACDAR, both at our picket this
Saturday, and in the months ahead, as we
try to defend against anti-choice groups the
hard-fought victory of Roe v. Wade.
Please believe that this right is in seri-
ous jeopardy at the present moment;
women could wake up a scant few months
from now to to discover that, once again,
our bodies are not our own.

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Vol. IC, No.98 Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board. All other
cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion
of the Daily.

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taken active steps toward recruiting tenure-tracked women and people of color.
Flying and spying

Civil rights
education
To the Daily:
On Thursday, February 16 at
8:00 pm in the Michigan
Union's Anderson room, the
Ella Baker-Nelson Mandela
Center will host a video pre-
sentation on the Civil Rights
Movement, featuring current
interviews with former ac-
tivists. This project is unique
because it was conceived of and
produced by a group of Black
and Latino students at an alter-
native high school in the
South Bronx. The Satellite
Academy is an alternative high
school in the heart of the
South Bronx which services
youth who have been pushed
out or dropped out of the regu-
lar public schools.
Two of these students, Al-
bert Culler and Lindon Harri-
gan, along with their teacher
Pam Sporn will participate in a
panel discussion following the
video to discuss how the pro-
ject was implemented, the use
of video as a medium for
learning and teaching history,
and the lessons the Civil
Rights movement has to offer
to today's generation of young
people of color.
This type of project has the
potential to reveal a great deal
more about history than more
traditional works. In particular,
this project is an important
part of reclaiming Black his-
tory, recording the life experi-
ences and sacrifices of those
who fought racism in the
1960s. In the face of racist op-
pression against Blacks and
other people of color today,
projects such as this teach us
about the sacrifices and strate-
gies of those who fought be-
fore us and enhance our own
efforts to challenge racism to-
day.
The university often hosts
speakers from other academic
institutions, but rarely do we
look beyond the bounds of the
Academy for other sources of
knowledge and analysis. Con-
sistent with our philosophy
that students can teach and
teachers can learn, the Baker-
Mandela Center is proud to
host this panel and provide the
Ann Arbor community with
the opportunity to dialog with
young people who have suc-
cessfully engaged in the cre-
ation of a popular history pro-
ject.
-UCAR/Ella Baker-
Nlsn Mndela Center

campus. It exists widely
throughout the campus com-
munity.
The problem is felt strongly
by students who come from
diverse ethnic and racial back-
grounds. Despite the increased
awareness, one ethnic group
has been the target of increased
racism and hostility on this
campus. This group is the
Arab-Americans. The most
publicized of these racial at-
tacks was the Tagar bus which
labeled Arabs as terrorists. This
racial slur offended and angered
many Arabs on campus. But
this was not an isolated inci-
dent.
Last term I sat through a
Communication 103 class in
which a guest lecturer, Gideon
Remez, an Israeli journalist,
repeatedly spoke of "Arab ter-
rorists." He condoned the brutal
methods employed by the Is-
raeli Defense Forces in quelling
the uprising and dehumanized
the Palestinian cause. When
asked about the atrocities being
committed against Palestinians
in the Occupied Territories, he
objected to the use of the word
"atrocities" because he said,
"only a few hundred Palestini-
ans had been killed."
In response to these and
many other incidents through-
out campus, Arab and Arab-
American students have formed
a new organization on campus
- the American-Arab Anti-
Discrimination Committee
(ADC). The campus orga-
nization, which has been offi-
cially recognized by MSA, is
an affiliate of the Detroit chap-
ter of this nationalorganiza-
tion.
ADC, which is based in
Washington, D.C., is a non-
sectarian, non-partisan service
organization committed to de-
fending the rights and promot-
ing the rich ethnic heritage of
Arab-Americans. The largest
grassroots organization of
Arab-Americans, ADC was
founded in 1980 by the former
US Senator James Abourezk in
response to stereotyping,
defamation, discrimination, and
racism against Americans of
Arab descent.
Through this organization
we hope to fight racism against
Arabs and educate the campus
community. We hope to form
strong ties with University
faculty and with concerned stu-
dent organizations in order to
promote awareness.
Our weekly meetings are in-
tended to be educational. Each
week a University instructor
will be addressing a related is-
sue. Our meetings are held
Thursday at 6 p.m. in the
Michigan Union. This week's
meeting on Feb. 9 will be in

the Spirit Lecture Series, at the
RC on Thursday night. We
appreciate the article. I am
writing to clear up one quote in
particular, however, so that
there may be no
misunderstandings.
The quote in the article
"Minority artists inspire west-
ern, modern art," (Daily, 1/20)
was "Prior to the emergence of
Asian art in the West, most
Western artists basically did
portraits or saloons...there was
no art for art's sake." I really
do not remember saying ex-
actly that because of the word
use, nor do I remember saying
anything to that effect in an art
historical sense. If I did I most
certainly apologize! The idea
that I was trying to convey was
that Western artists worked for
their patrons. The church and
aristocracy were examples that
I gave. I did give an example of
patrons wanting their portraits
done, and if they felt that their
couch needed more green, the
artist was compelled to add
more green.
I pointed out that artists
looked towards the East for ex-
otic elements of design before
the Industrial Revolution. With
the emergence of the Industrial
Revolution and a strong middle
class, western artists sought
different ways to express what
was going on around them.
Many artists such as Whistler,
Monet, and Van Gogh found
the art in the East especially
Japanese Woodblock prints to
be informative. They studied
the prints and used the concepts
and manner of expression
within their own artworks. It
"influenced" them.
Asia has had a long history
of abstraction in art, and many
scholars believed in "art for
art's sake" instead of being
dictated to by patrons they be-
lieved in expressing them-
selves.
-Natasha Raymond
January 20
MS, AIDS
not linked
To the Daily:
In the January 27, 1989 is-

sue of the Daily an article was
printed connecting HTLV-I to
multiple sclerosis. Because of
the way this information was
reported, people with MS have
been alarmed and others have
received an inaccurate picture of
what Dr. Reddy's research
actually achieved.
Particularly misleading was
the headline, "Test shows MS
link to AIDS." People have
difficulty getting past the
headline to the article which is
less misleading but still vague.
Because of the methods for be-
coming infected with AIDS,
there is a definite stigma at-
tached and one with which per-
sons with MS would not want
to become unnecessarily
identified.
While the MS society
appreciates accurate media at-
tention on what is happening
with research on MS, we prefer
not to scare people to death ei-
ther.
We have fortunately been
able to schedule Dr. Prem
Reddy, one of the researchers,
at our annual meeting in
Kalamazoo on March 18. He
hopes to clear up the confusion
that has arisen.
However, to quote directly
from Byron H. Waksman,
M.D., Vice President of Re-
search and Medical Programs,
and Phyllis Shaw, Science
Editor of Public affairs, at the
National Multiple Sclerosis
Society in New York: "It can-
not be stressed often enough
that there is no connection be-
tween MS and AIDS. A re-
lease from the Wistar Institute
comments that 'Although
HTLV-I and the AIDS virus are
related, they are distinctly dif-
ferent viruses. People infected
with HTLV-I, including those
with multiple sclerosis, are in
no danger of developing
AIDS."'
The present research has
opened several new and very
different scenarios. This is im-
portant new research but does
not establish any conclusions
at this point, only very inter-
esting possibilities to explore
further.
-Barbara Israel
February 7

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ORWELL'S "BIG Brother" is now
legally allowed to watch over people as
long as he does it from a helicopter.
The Supreme Court recently ruled in
Florida v. Riley that evidence obtained
without a search warrant by a police
helicopter was constitutional and could
therefore be used in a court of law. The
evidence in question, marijuana plants,
was discovered through a hole in a
greenhouse roof from an altitude of
400 feet.
The plurality opinion stated that the
search was constitutional because it
was conducted within the limits of legal
airspace according to Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) regulations.
Limits created by the FAA are in the
interests of safety, however, not pri-
vacy. Since the case revolved around
the question of privacy and not safety,
Justice White should have consulted a,
different set of regulations in formu-
lating the opinion: the Constitution,
which declares in the Fourth Amend-
ment: "The right of the people to be se-
cure in their persons, houses, paper,
and effects, against unreasonable
searches and seizures..."
Police officers are allowed to act on
the observation of private illegal activ-

however, between observation from
the air and from the ground. It is
practical to build fences, but not to
build domes.
Justice White tried to justify the
opinion further by saying that the
search discovered "no intimate details."
The FAA sets no limit to how low heli-
copters can fly, so according to Justice
White's legal airspace reasoning, a po-
lice helicopter can legally conduct a
warrantless search in anyone's back-
yard as long as it stays a few feet off
the ground.
This decision is not, however, un-
precedented. Anti-privacy legislation is
quickly becoming the norm for the
Court. Last year, in California v.
Greenwood, the Court ruled it
constitutional for police to look through
people's trash without a search war-
warrant. More blatantly, in the 1986
ruling on Bowers v. Hardwick, the
Court upheld a Georgia law prohibiting
sodomy thereby giving the state the
power to regulate private sexual
conduct.
Privacy is protected by the Fourth
Amendment, and the Fourth Amend-
ment must be protected by the Supreme
Court. Until then, people cannot feel
"secure...against unreasonable

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