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Students,
residents
protest
center
BY JESSICA STRICK
Yesterday morning 50 to 60 Uni-
versity students and Ann Arbor resi-
dents protested the counseling
procedures of the Pregnancy Coun-
seling Center, a non-medical clinic
in Ypsilanti, which they say is
strongly influenced by anti-abortion
sentiment and perhaps supported by
the Right to Life campaign.
The protest was triggered by in-
formation about the clinic which has
been gathered for the past four years,
when an Ann Arbor News reporter
posed as a pregnant woman who was
planning to get an abortion was
supposedly harassed by employees of
the clinic.
Dawn Chalker, chair of the
Committee to Defend Abortion
Rights, said that the clinic's
"purpose is to get women to keep
babies," and added that the PCC
failed to provide sufficient help for
women who do choose to go
through with a pregnancy.
In addition, Chalker said that the
*clinic does not fully and fairly ad-
dress the options to keeping a child.
PCC "is trying to make abortion
seem like a crime or murder."
While the opinion of PCC em-
ployees and volunteers is over-

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JESSICA GREENE/Daily

Pro-choice activists protest outside a clinic in Ypsilanti yesterday

whelmingly anti-abortion, they do
provide information about abortion.
"I believe personally that life is a
gift from God. Life has a sacredness
about it to me," said Mary Ann Le-
land, the secretary of the board of di-
rectors for PCC. "We are concerned
about the life within her but con-
cerned with women too," added Anne
Spangler a member of the board of
directors.
Butprotesters voiced their fears
that the clinic provided misinforma-
tion which harms women who wish
to have abortions. Linda McFarlane,
a member of CDAR said that "their

literature is full of lies about what
abortion is. There can be a picture of
what must be a six month old fetus
and they will say that it is two
months old," creating the image that
a fetus in the first trimester phase is
almost entirely developed.
"For a woman who is concerned
and vulnerable it must be very dam-
aging," McFarlane said.
Rhonda Laur another member of
CDAR said that PCC will advise
women to wait before making a de-
cision regarding their pregnancy,
telling them that they canwait until
the time of delivery to make a deci-

sion which is "medically not a good
thing to do," should a woman decide
to have an abortion.
In response to CDAR's accusa-
tion, Dr. Charles Leland, the chair of
the board of directors at PCC, stated
that "as Christians we just could not
operate deceptively. We certainly,
have a point of view. People can go
to Planned Parenthood and get a par-
ticular point of view too."
Regardless of these allegations,
PCC describes their counseling as
providing important information,
especially the psychological aspects

and actual process, of abortion which
other organizations, namely Planned
Parenthood, fail to provide.
Mary Ann Leland of PCC com-
mented that "One of the things
we've experienced is women coming
in here having had four or five abor-
tions... who find out it really is a
baby there and say "why didn't
someone tell us this before?"
The film which is shown at the
clinic, an edited version of the anti-
abortion film, The Silent Scream,
does not show abortion as a positive
option to pregnancy.

discusses,
Racism
in Israel
BY VERA SONGWE
The Ella Baker-Nelson Mandela
center held a talk Friday discussing
the Palestinian uprisings and what
could be done to bring an end to the
problems going on in the Middle
East.
The main issues disscussed were
the origins of Zionism and if it is
racist and expansionist.
Barbara Ransby told the audience
that critics of Zionism are not
necessarily anti-Semetic.She stressed
the fact that "there is confusion of
the issue as a Jewish issue instead of
a political issue. Not all Jews are
Zionists, and not all Zionists are
anti-Palestinian."
She continued, "If we are going
to fight racism, we have got to fight
racism in all forms and for every-
body."
While some students agreed with
her on the fact that Israel is racist
they feel it is a necessary condition
for the existence of Israel.
LSA Senior Jack Nahmod said,
"Israel does not discriminate accord-
ing to race. They discriminate ac-
cording to who are their enemies.
There are security precautions that
must be taken. I do not think the Is-
raeli government has the luxury of
taking chances, they are in a state of
Some of the participants did not
think they understood Zionism, but
felt it was being used in the wrong
context.
"The whole idea of Zionism is
very confusing to me. People jump
to conclusions that it is expansion-
ist. I believe there is a very impor-
tant distinction between expansion-
ism and Zionism," said Steve Der-
ringer, LSA sophomore."To criticize
Zionism we need to specify what we
are attacking. My Zionism is not
expansionist."
"It is easy to perceive Zionism as
expansionist because the land was
once Arab land, but we would be
perceiving Zionism as being out of
context," said Brad Ortman.
The need for the Jews to have a
homeland gave some of the students
reason to think Zionism is nt
wrong but an honest need of a peo-
ple to get a homeland.
"Zionism is not expansionism
because the whole idea that Jews had
that homeland goes way back to the
Roman empire. " said Barry Cohen
an LSA sophomore
"I think Zionism is a liberation
movement which believes that the
Jews have the right to a homeland."
said Rachel Tessler, an LSA senior.
But others at the discussion be-
lieved the Jews are oppressing the
Palestinians.

Peers educate students about rape prevention

BY LAURA COUNTS
Education is one of the most important
ways to fight rape, said a facilitator of peer
education workshops for the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC).
"You can have rallies and all that, but the
most important thing is to get people talking
and thinking about the issues," said LSA se-
nior Beth Yatkeman.
SAPAC's peer education workshops, held
in dorms, co-ops, sororities, and other cam-
pus organizations by request, are aimed at in-

creasing awareness of the issues surrounding
rape, emphasize discussion and communica-
tion, said facilitator Amy Loftus.
"If you're just up there saying 'it's
wrong,' people won't talk," she said.
Most people have seen SAPAC's "myth
versus fact" posters put up around campus and
many come to the workshops knowing a lot,
said Peer Education Coordinator John Ifcher.
"The information is definitely getting out,"
he said.
One of the-facts the workshops discuss is
that 90 percent of the sexual assaults on col-

lege campuses are by an acquaintance, said
Loftus.
But "the biggest myth is that it won't
happen to me," she said.
The format of the workshops includes dis-
cussion of the five elements of rape - force,
sexual stereotypes taken too far, communica-
tion, vulnerabilities, and social situations,
Ifcher said.
Loftus said that a great benefit of the
workshops is that they make people aware of
relationships, and get people to talk about
healthy relationships.

She said she is repeatedly surprised by the
willingness of people to open up in a two
hour workshop. She recalled one workshop
where a man admitted he felt the
"vulnerability" to rape a woman, explaining,
"men are vulnerable in the fact that they are
very aggressive and don't always listen."
Workshop facilitators include both men
and women who go through forty hours of
training in the fall, and spend about ten hours
a month giving workshops throughout the
year.

MSA derecognizes Cornerstone Christian Fellowship

BY TARA GRUZEN
The Central Student Judiciary, the
top judicial body for University stu-
dents, ruled six to one Friday night
to rescind Michigan Student Assem-
bly recognition of the Cornerstone
Christian Fellowship.
MSA recognition entitles groups
to office space in the Union or the
Michigan League, funding through
the Assembly's student fee, and al-
lows them to place boards and ban-
ners on the Diag.
The Lesbian and Gay Rights Or-
ganizing Committee brought charges
against CCF, citing exclusive
membership policies which discrim-
inate against gay males and lesbians.
Based on the University's constitu-
tion and harrassment and discrimina-
tion code, any group recognized by
THE

MSA must equally allow any stu-
dent to join their group.
But the Rev. Mike Caulk, repre-
senting CCF said, "We've never de-
nied anyone employment or mem-
bership on the basis of their sexual
preference or orientation."
Caulk said that any homosexual
who tried to join Cornerstone
Christian Church would be helped so
they could find an alternative to ho-
mosexuality.
"Homosexual preference is a
problem that needs to be cured,"
Caulk said. "(A homosexual) would
be a suspended member until they
repented."
CCF was derecognized by MSA
last October on the basis of a concert
it sponsored on the steps of the
Graduate Library. The concert fea-

tured a song entitled "God Hates
Queer," which the Assembly ruled as
discrimination against gay males and
lesbians.
But at the beginning of Decem-
ber, CSJ overruled MSA's decision
on the grounds that the Assembly
did not grant CCF due process.
Originally, LaGROC brought
charges against the Fellowship on
the basis of the homophobic nature
of the Diag concert, but the charges

wuic .;uangeu to attacK tne member-
ship policies of the organization.
"LaGROC believes in the First
Amendment and believes that CCF
should be able to say what they want
but it doesn't believe in CCF's dis-
criminatory membership policies,"
said LaGROC's counsel, who re-
quested anonymity. "The question is
whether all students should fund
CCF."
Cornerstone's attorney, Steve

Jentzen, argued during the trial that
CSJ's derecognition of the Fellow-
ship would be violating the U.S.
constitution because it would be
basing its recognition standards on
religious theology.
Jentzen and Caulk refused com-
ment following the ruling.
If CCF chooses to fight the deci-
sion of the Judiciary, it may appeal
to University President James Dud-
erstadt for clemency.

Tackett says he tried to commit suicide

BY STEVE KNOPPER
Charles Tackett, a local Vietnam veteran who has
been crusading for a national veteran's holiday, said he
tried to commit suicide some time last weekend.
Tackett said last night that he was at Ann Arbor's
Veterans' Hospital. A hospital medical administrator,
however, said she could not release information on pa-
tients last night.
Tackett, who said he was at the Veterans' Hospital

last night, said he was "drugged," and mentioned
"cyanide" in an interview with the Daily.
"The guy said I could still kick the bucket," he said
in soft, slow speech. "My (blood pressure) is up. My
heart feels like it's coming through my chest."
"I don't feel sorry for myself, don't get me wrong,"
Tackett said. "I'm just tired. I don't know where to go
or what to do next. I ask the University from the bot-
tom of my heart to keep the holiday project going."

LIST

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
"Women, Children, and Aids" -
Dawn Smith, M.D., 116 Hutchins
Hall, 7 pm.
"Hellenism in Late Antiquity:
Hellenism and Islam" - Glen W.
Bowersock, Princeton, Rackham
East Lecture Hall, 4 pm.
"State Law Perspectives on the
History of Finland" - Markku
Suksi, International Center, 12
noon.
"Jews and the Encounter with the
New World" - Greenleaf, Merkx,
Roth, Katz, and Elkin, 3050 Frieze,
12 noon-1:30 pm.
Mahler: Symphony No.9 "Death
and Resignation" - Jim Leonard,
SKR Classical, 8 pm. Call SKR
Classical for more info. 9ยง5-5051.
"Brownian Motion, Martingales,
and Laws of the Iterated Loga-
rithm for Harmonic Functions" -
Prof. Rodrigo Banuelos, Purdue
University, Hale Aud., Assembly
Hall, 4:10 pm. Reception immedi-
ately following.
Meetings
U of M Shorin-Ryu Karate Club -

7:30 pm.
U of M Fencing Club
Coliseum, 6-8 pm.

- Sports

Furthermore
Vivian Robinson Presents a Slave
Narrative - Ann Arbor Public Li-
brary, New Conference Rm., 7:30-
8:15 pm.
Peer Writing Tutors - 611
Church Street Computing Center,
7-11 pm. Tutors ECB trained.
Pre-Interviews - Caterpillar In-
dustries, 1200 EECS, 6-8 pm.
Northwalk - Sun-Thur, 9 pm- 1
am. Call 763-WALK or stop by
3224 Bursley.
Safewalk - Sun-Thur, 8 pm-1:30
am; Fir-Sat, 8-11:30 pm. Call 936-
1000 or stop by 102 UGLi.
English peer Counseling - 4000A
Michigan Union, 7-9 pm. Help
with papers and other English re-
lated questions.
Opportunities in Social Change -
Career Planning and Placement
Center, Rm. 1, 4:10-5 pm.
Summer Job Fair Workshop -
Career Planning and Placement
Center, Conference Rm., 4:10-5

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