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State House passes
parental consent
.bill for abortion
Senate vote forthcoming;
Blanchard threatens veto

The Michigan Daily -Thursday, December 7,1989 -Page 3
ai Soviets

LANSING (AP) - Unmarried
girls under age 18 would have to ob-
tain parental permission before get-
ting an abortion in Michigan under a
bill passed 65-39 in the House after
more than five hours of debate yes-
terday.
Before passing the measure,
lawmakers rejected nearly 50
amendments including one to require
boys to take some responsibility for
preventing teen-age pregnancy by
wearing condoms.
The Senate is expected to take up
the legislation before it breaks for
the holidays next week. It already
has passed a similar measure.
That sets up a promised veto by
Gov. James Blanchard, who has
pledged to strike down any measure
restricting abortion rights.
William Kandler, a spokesperson
for Blanchard, said he wouldn't
change his mind despite a survey by
The Detroit News that indicated
Michigan residents favor parental
consent by a 3-1 margin.
"I'm hopeful the governor will
think about parents and not his own
personal beliefs," said Barbara List-
ing, president of Right to Life of

Michigan.
Margy Long, a spokeswoman for
Planned Parenthood of Michigan,
said she was encouraged by at least
40 signatures collected on the House
floor asking the governor to veto the
bill. That is more than enough to
sustain a veto in the 109-member
House, although the anti-abortion
side says it has enough votes for an
override in the Senate.
The Michigan Legislature has
overridden only one veto in the past
38 years. In 1977 it overrode the
governor on an obscure administra-
tive bill.
The legislation allows a girl to
petition a probate court to have an
abortion if she believes she can't tell
her parents or if her parents refuse to
let her have an abortion.
Opponents of the bill say it's
merely intended to make it more dif-
ficult for girls to get an abortion be-
cause at least 70 percent of pregnant
minors in Michigan already bring at
least one parent to an abortion clinic
with them.
Rep. Maxine Berman (D-South-
field) said the bill might encourage
girls in tragic situations to resort to
desperate measures.

SAMANTHA SANTA HS/Daily

Practice makes perfect
Two Jacobson's employees brush up on their gift-wrapping techniques to prepare for the annual holiday rush of
shoppers. Remember, the holidays are only two and a half shopping weeks away.
Bush veto of visa legislation
frustrates Chinese students

change
stance
on treat y,
WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) -,
Soviet officials appeared at the Malta
summit to "walk back" from an earA
tier concession on arms control,
complicating efforts to wrap up a
treaty cutting long-range nuclear
arsenals before a summit planned for
June, administration sources said
yesterday.
The complication revolves around
submarine-launched cruise missiles
(SLCMs). Last September, the So
viets withdrew demands that SLCMs
limits be included in the proposed
Strategic Arms Reduction Treatyr
and said they would settle for a sepA-
rate deal.
But at Malta, the Soviets spelled
out new, more stringent condition
for the proposed SLCM treaty, and
they have been indicating that they
want the two deals concluded at the
same time, said the sources, who
spoke on condition of anonymity.
Soviet President Mikhail Gor-
bachev also pressed President Busi
on a separate issue, seeking naal
arms control talks to ban short-range
nuclear weapons aboard superpower
navies, said White House spokespe*=
son Marlin Fitzwater.
Bush rejected Gorbachev's sug-
gestion as "unacceptable to us be-
cause the United States is a naval
power. We depend on the seas for
contact with all our allies and with
other continents of the world,'
Fitzwater said.
White House National Security
Adviser Brent Scowcroft, asked
Tuesday about Gorbachev's stance at
Malta, said "there was some discus
sion of naval forces in arms control
and some on sea-launched cruise
missiles. But there wasn't really ar
exchange of views."
Other administration officials sai
they were troubled by statements
made in a separate meeting betweer
Secretary of State James Baker ah
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard
Shevardnadze that may slow progress
toward the START deal to cut long-
range superpower arsenals by 30 pe-
cent to 50 percent, to 6,000 war-
heads apiece.
Shevardnadze told Baker that the
Soviets wanted the SLCM issue i-
cluded in a naval arms control treaty,
that they wanted a tough verification
regime, and wanted to include both
conventional and nuclear warheads,
said one source.

CORRECTIONS
Erica Trass was misquoted in Monday's paper. She actually said she had
excellent test scores, an excellent grade point average, and was a National
Merit Scholar in high school, so she expected the University to give her
scholarships.
THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Meetings
Michigan Student Assembly
Student Rights Commission -
5:30 p.m. in Union Rm. 3909
Rainforest Action Movement
- 7 p.m. in Dana Rm. 1040
Earth Day Organizing Commit-
tee - 7 p.m. in the Union 4th
floor
MSA International Students
Affairs Commission - 6:1 5
p.m. in the International Center
Tagar - 7 p.m. in Hillel Rm. 3
Palestine Solidarity Commit-
tee - 7:30 p.m. in the lounge of
the International Center
Campus Crusade for Christ -
College Life meeting at 7 -8:30
p.m. in Kellogg Aud. Rm. 6005;
enter in the dental school
Michigan Student Assembly
Communications Committee
- 7:30 p.m. in Union Rm. 3909
InterVarsity Christian Fellow-
ship - 7 p.m. in East Quad Rm.
126
Speakers
"Government Management of
the Soviet Economy: Basic
Principles and Prospects for
the Future" - Stanislav
Emelyanov, director of the Soviet
Union's International Institute of
Management Sciences, speaks at
4 p.m. in the Rackham Am-
phitheater
"Tibet: A Current Look" -
Donald Lopez speaks at 7 p.m. in
the Lane Hall Commons Rm.
"Oguma Hideo and the Na-
ture of Modern Japanese Po-
etry" - David Goodman of the
U of Illinois speaks at noon in
the Lane Hall Commons Rm.
Dana Gioia - the author reads
from his work at 5 in the Rack-
ham West Conference Rm.
"Anthills of the Sahel: Ar-
chaeological Survey in Sene-
gal" - Sigrid Gabler speaks at
noon in Ruthven Museum Rm.
2009
"From the House of Repre-
sentatives to the State House
To the Court House..." - Ju-
dith Meyers, Executive Director
of the Governor's Commission
to Revise County Government in
Iowa speaks about perspectives
on policy making at the federal,
state, and local level; 1:30-3:30"
in the Rackham West Conference
Rm.
Furthermore

Free tutoring - all lower-level
math, science and engineering
courses; 7-11 p.m. in UGLi Rm.
307; 7-11 p.m. in the Dow Bldg.
Mezzanine
ECB peer writing tutors -
available at Angell-Haven and 611
Computing Centers from 7 to 11
p.m.; Sunday through Thursday
Art and Holy Powers in the
Early Christian House - an ex-
hibition of Early Christian Arti-
facts; 9am-4pm in the Kelsey
Museum
Michigan Leadership Confer-
ence Registration - at the Stu-
dent Organization Development in
the 2202 Union; fee is $12
"Why is the Bedroom So
Crowded?" - The Residence
Hall Repertory Theatre Troupe
presents the work at 5 p.m. in the*
Frieze Bldg. Arena Theater
"Winterworks" - a collection
of songs, children's stories and
more; 8 p.m. at the Community
High Craft Theater; $4 adults, $3
children
"The Breadshop" - The Brecht
Company performs the work at 8
p.m. in the RC Auditorium; $5
Vigil in Commemoration of the
Armenian Earthquake - 9 p.m.
on the Diag
Mixed Chamber Music Ensem-
bles - 8 p.m. in the School of
Music's Recital Hall
UM Choir - free concert featur-
ing Ottorino Respighi's Laud to
the Nativity; 8 p.m. at Hill Aud.;
fiee
African-American Music Fo-
rum - Dr. Samuel Floyd of
Columbia College is the respon-
dent; 4-5:30 in CAAS (West
Engineering Rm. 106); reception
follows
Bachelor Fine Arts Exhibit - 7
students display their work; l0am-
5pm
Holiday Pet Food Round-Up
- pet food bins for donations to
the Humane Society are set up at
local grocers
Auditions for The Three Sisters
- 6-11 p.m. in Rm. 2528 of the
Frieze Bldg.; sign up in 1505
Frieze; an RC Players Production
The Student Workshop Tenth
Anniversary Show - a sampling
of student user and University af-
filiate woodworking; 9am-6pm in
Union 1209

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite pleas from members of Congress and Chi-
nese student groups, President Bush last week vetoed
legislation that would have extended the visas of the
40,000 Chinese students in the U.S., choosing instead
to enact the provisions of the bill through administra-
tive measures.
The bill, which was passed unanimously by
Congress, would have extended Chinese students' two
year visas for an additional four years. Students would
then be able to apply for permanent residency in the
U.S.
Zhiliang Zhu of the Chinese Student Union said the
laws would have provided better protection than admin-
istrative action.
"We feel there is a fundamental difference between
regulation and law. Legislation would provide us con-
sistent protection, but the presidential regulation is not
something that is for sure," Zhu said.
Bush's action will enact all the provisions of the bill
'There is a fundamental
difference between regulation
and law. Legislation would
provide us consistent protection,
but the presidential regulation is
not something that is for sure.'
-Zhiliang Zhu, of the Chinese
Student Union
as well as adding additional measures. These include
protection for individuals who do not wish to comply
with China's forced abortion policy, employment au-
thorization for Chinese nationals in the U.S., and a
waiver of the two-year home country residency require-
ment for students on a J-1 visa. J-1 visas, issued for ed-
ucational purposes, are held by a majority of Chinese

students at the University.
A variety of factors influenced Bush to veto the bill.
These include his desire to continue student exchanges
between the U.S. and China, his feelings that Congress
should avoid "micromanagement of foreign policy." Ac-
cording to information provided by the White House,
Bush also felt he could enact the bill administratively.
"I have under current law sufficient authority to pro-
vide the necessary relief for Chinese students and others
who fear returning to China in the near future," Bush
said in his memorandum of disapproval issued in re-
sponse to the bill.
Zhu feels that although Bush promised measures
equivalent to the bill, protection is not guaranteed to
everyone in every situation.
"It will be determined on a case-by-case basis. One
person would get different treatment than another," Zhu
said.
Chinese students also fear repercussions from the
Chinese government.
"Every student who wants to get a waiver (to remain
in the U.S.) has to stand up against our government.
They may do something to our relatives in our home
country," Zhu said.
The Chinese Student Union is affiliated with a na-
tional organization, the Independent Federation of Chi-
nese Students and Scholars (IFCSS). The group is cur-
rently working with government agencies to provide ad-
justments to Bush's mandate, and may attempt to push
the bill again when Congress reconvenes in January.

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