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Pro-lifers
rally for
.p aren a
consent
LANSING (AP) - More than
3,500 people braved the cold rain to
ially Saturday at the state Capitol in
support of legislation that requires
parental or judicial consent before
Sminors can get abortions.
Local pro-life activists held a
rally at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at
Domino's Farms as a prelude to
larger demonstration in Lansing.
"We do not need the sunshine to
protect unborn life," said Dr. Mildred
lefferson, co-founder of the National
Iight to Life committee.
"Now is the time to write your
letters and give your calls," Right to
Life of Michigan President Barbara
Listing told the crowd, which waved
signs and chanted "Fight, fight,
ight."
State Sen. Jack Welborn (R-
Kalamazoo) told the gathering crowd
that a grassroots movement by pro-
qhoice advocates was putting great
pressure on lawmakers. Yesterday,
the Michigan Abortion Rights Ac-
tion League planned to launch a
statewide lobbying effort against the
gbortion consent bill.
The legislation would require that
young women under 17 years of age
obtain written consent from a parent
biefore obtaining an abortion. Under
the bill, children whose parents
rofuse consent may petition the ju-
venile court in a streamlined process
/to receive permission.
The House Public Health Com-
mittee will hear testimony today on
the bill, which has cleared the Sen-
ate. The House is expected to ap-
prove the legislation, setting up a
confrontation with Governor James
Blanchard, who has promised to veto
any legislation that restricts a
*woman's right to abortion.

The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 13, 1989 - Page 3
Local pro-choice groups

wage grassro
by Donna Woodwell
Daily Staff Writer
Though several busloads of pro-choice ac-
tivists from the Ann Arbor area travelled to
Washington to attend yesterday's national
march for abortion rights, local pro-choice
groups worked on the grassroots level going
door-to-door distributing fliers.
Nationwide, pro-choice groups sponsored
numerous activities in conjunction with the
Washington rally. Carol King, executive direc-
tor of the Michigan Abortion Rights Action
League (MARAL), said initial estimates are
that more than two million people across the
country were actively participating in abortion
rights lobbying and demonstrating yesterday.
In Ypsilanti, about 65 pro-choice volun-
teers distributed 5,000 "family planning quiz"
cards door-to-door. This "information drop" -
organized by the MARAL, the Religious
Coalition for Abortion Rights, and Planned
Parenthood - was an effort to rally support
against the Michigan parental consent bill,
which the state House will begin debating to-
day.
if passed, the bill would require young
women 17 and under to receive parental per-
mission before an abortion is allowed.
"We distributed every single piece of litera-
ture we had," said Molly Henry, a Rackham
graduate student and MARAL member. Henry1
was one of the co-organizers of the Ypsilanti
information drive.-
AP Photo "Our activities today in Ypsilanti andt
around the state were designed to let those inl
Lansing know that we are ready to play ballt
and that we intend to win," she said.
Volunteers began canvassing neighborhoods<

ots campaign
around noon yesterday and were finished before
3 p.m. Between 15 and 20 members of the
Ann Arbor Coalition to Defend Abortion
Rights (CDAR) who didn't attend the
Washington rally helped distribute the fliers:
The fliers were printed with a "Family
Planning Quiz" asking, "Who do you watit
making decisions in your family planning mat-,
ters?" Attached was a postcard addressed to state
Rep. Kirk Profit (D-Ypsilanti) which said: "I
live in your district and I believe that reproduc-l
tive decisions are a private matter. I don't want'
politicians making these decisions for me and
my family."
King said approximately 75,000 cards were
distributed in 13 different locations arodn'd
Michigan. "It's been a successful day," she;
said. "We fully expect people to use the cards."
Cindy Tobias, Mid-Michigan Planped'
Parenthood public affairs coordinator, said Ann;
Arbor was not included in the neighborhood:
canvassing because the city "already has'a
strong pro-choice representation. Our state;
reps. are very supportive of a woman's right to
choose. Kirk Profit is newly-elected, but re-
cently he has been wavering on his comquit-j
ment, and we expect him to follow through."
Tobias called the information drop "a
"chance to let your neighbors know about re-
productive freedoms."
David Frankfurter, an ex-member of the
CDAR steering committee and a volunteer at
the drop, said, "One man made a reference to
killing babies." But overall, he said, most of
those canvased took the fliers seriously.
Frankfurter estimated one-half to two-thirds
of the reply cards would be sent back to Profit.
bolically "rattle the consciouses" of
the pro-choicers for "murdering in-
f Dover, fants."
cifically Among the anti-abortion groups
e is an- were Students for America, Amer-
le." ican Collegians for Life, and stu-
moved dents from local high schools and
hout the colleges.
y at the Protestors chanted "Keep murder
Fairfax, safe and legal" to mock the pro-
ere were choice cry of "Keep abortion safe and
(to op- legal."
saw the One man, who was praying cop-
ry set up tinually at the cemetery, said he had1
st April. his name legally changed to "Pro-
banners Life Andy Anderson." He considers
emetery. himself to be a "walking pro-life
xplained poster," he said, wearing a white'
p had a cowboy hat to show he is a good
hat area, guy and black and red clothing to
likewise represent the death and blood of in-

Pro-choice demonstrators hold signs during a rally in Washington yesterday. Nearly
100,000 protesters, including about 1,000 from Ann Arbor, gathered to urge federal

lawmakers to keep abortions legal.
Recent surveys in Michigan
show a majority of citizens support
abortion rights, but a majority also
support parental consent.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
last July that states have the right to
restrict abortions. The parental con-
sent bill is the first anti-abortion
measure to be voted on by Michigan
lawmakers since the ruling.
Currently before the Supreme
Court are three state laws restricting
abortions, including an Ohio statue
that would require parental notifica-
tion but not consent before a minor
could abort a pregnancy.

{THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

RALLY
Continued from Page 1
the Berlin Wall comes tumbling
down, President Bush would enslave
the country and not allow a woman
to have an abortion," she said. "We
will build a political army such that
has never been seen before in this
country for freedom for women in
this land to choose."
Parts of the rally were aimed at
future elections. "We have seen the
effects of mobilizing pro-choice
opinions in the recent elections in
New York, New Jersey and Virginia,
and now politicians are seeing it is a
political liability to be anti-choice,"
said Madeleine Hansen, president of
Michigan NOW.
Politicians and entertainers spoke
and sang, voicing their pro-choice
opinions. "While the other side is
bombing clinics, we'll be electing
candidates," said Alan Cranston (D-
California).
Along with celebrities, partici-
pants included people of all ages,
backgrounds, and political parties.
Donning buttons and shirts with
pro-choice messages, they held signs
and chanted slogans such as "Clap
your hands, raise your voice,
American voters are for choice."
Many families and mother-daugh-
ter teams attended the rally. "It is an
important family issue," said Linda
Coselman of Ann Arbor, who was
there with her two daughters.
In a wheelchair, wearing a straw
hat with a coathanger attached, and
holding the sign "Seniors nostalgic
for choice," Cybil Fisher sat in the
front row at the rally with her daugh-
ter Rita Frydman.
"My mother had a messed-up
abortion in the 1920s and died and I
missed her," Fisher said.

Ann Arbor residents and
University students, representing the
Committee to Defend Abortion
Rights, Greeks for Life, NOW,
Michigan Abortion Rights Action
League, and Planned Parenthood,
made the trip to Washington on
three NOW-sponsored buses. In addi-
tion, hundreds of University students
came independently to the rally.
"We have over 1,000 people at-
tending from Michigan to send a
very strong message to the American
people, the Supreme Court and
President Bush that we don't want
government interfering in our private
lives," Hansen said.
University graduates currently
working and living in Washington
opened their houses this weekend to
many old friends from Ann Arbor. "I
said my house was open, and people
came to show we aren't going to be
passive anymore," said Nicole
Yakatan, a University graduate cur-
rently working for the political con-
sultant who does polling work for
the National Abortion Rights Action
League.
Demonstrators gathered before the
rally at a memorial service "in
memory of the courageous women
who died from illegal, unsafe abor-
tions because they had no choice," as
the inscription on the temporary ten-
foot gravestone erected before the
Washington Monument stated.
Speakers at the memorial service
included Yard, pro-choice leaders
from around the country, and chil-
:ren of mothers who died from un-
safe abortions.
Dana Miller, a member of the
University's College Democrats,
said, "The rally was incredible, very
unifying, and impressive to get peo-
ple from all over the country to
come together and mobilize."

PRO-LIFE
Continued from Page 1
tion." said Francis Urick of
Del., who was in town spe
to see the cemetery. "Ther
other side, a more human sid
Thousands of people
through the cemetery throug
day, many kneeling to pra
crosses. Diane Britton, a
Virginia resident, said, "Th
people instantly converted
pose abortion) when they
crosses" at a similar cemeter
during a pro-choice march la
Pro-choice placards and
were prohibited from the c
Police Officer Joseph Cox e)
that the anti-abortion grou
permit to demonstrate in th
and anti-abortion signs were
prohibited from the mall, w
pro-choice groups were prote
The day was not complet
from confrontation. Anti-2
groups picketed from a smal
off area near to the Lincoln
rial.
The anti-abortion pro
however, were vastly outnu
by the thousands at the rally
held signs and shouted from
the police-guarded area.
Many held baby rattles

Meetings
Philosophy Club - 7 p.m. in
2220 Angell Hall
Progressive Zionist Caucus -
discussion of the Status of
Women in Israel; 8 p.m. at Hillel
UM Bicycle Club - 8 p.m. in
1250 CCRB
Asian American Association -
officer elections; 7 at Trotter
House
UM Women's Club Lacrosse -
9-11 p.m. at the Tartan Turf
Campus Women's Alliance for
Nuclear Disarmament - mass
meeting at 8 p.m. in the Union
Michigan Student Assembly
Women's Issues Committee -
6 p.m. in Union Rm. 3909
MSA Peace and Justice
Commission - planning for "Art
and Social Change Week"; 7:15 in
Union Rm. 3909
Anorexia/Bulimia Support
Group - 6:30-8 p.m.; call 668-
8585
Speakers
"New Modifications of the RI
Procedure in Group Testing "
- Prof. Milton Sobel of the U of
California; 4:30 in Mason 1412
"Life, Judicial Philosophy,
Judicial Technique" - Judge
Richard Posner; 100 Hutchins
Hall; 4 p.m.
"Phoenician Materials
Relating to the Bible" -
Charles Krahmalkov; 4 p.m. in
Frieze Rm. 3050
Prof. W. Armstrong - The
Berkley professor will speak on an
unannounced topic at 4 p.m. in
Chem. Rm. 1640
"Restoring Seabird Colonies:
Maine, Hawaii, Galapagos" -
Dr. Richard Podolsky of the
Island Institute in Rockland
Maine; noon in Dana 1040
"Corpus Christi and the Feast
of the Incans" - Prof. Tom
Zuidema; 7:30 p.m. in 1524
Rackham
"An Analysis of Popular Media
and Mass Culture: The Soap
Operas in the Spanish
Caribbean" - Dr. Thomas

Furthermore
Safewalk - the night-time walk-
ing service is open seven days a
week from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30
a.m.; 936-1000
Northwalk - North campus
night-time walking service, Rm.
2333 Bursley; 8 p.m.- 1:30= a.m.
or call 763-WALK
Undergraduate English Associ-
ation Tutoring- 7-9 p.m. in
Union 4000 A; sponsored by the
Undergraduate English
Association
Free Tutoring - all lower-level
math, science and engineering
courses; 7-11 p.m. in UGLi Rm.
. 307
Academy of Early Music
Special Concert - 8 p.m. in the
Union Kuenzel Rm.
CP&P Programs - State Center
Community College District
Employer Presentation from 8:30-
9:30 a.m. in the CP&P
Conference Rm.; Deciding Your
Career from 3:10-6 p.m. in the
CP&P Conference Rm.
Color National Artists' Book
Project - features artists' books
of more than 200 American
Women of Color; in the Slusser
Gallery; 10a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo exhibit of racial violence
in the U.S. - in Rm. 3 of East
Engineering; 10-3 daily
Women of Courage: An Exhibi-
tion of Photographs by Judith
Sedwick - portraits of 55 Black
American women; Grad. Library
North Lobby; 8am-5pm
Arpilleras from Peru and Chile
- distinctive fabric wall-hangings
by women from Latin America;
Residential College; 1-5 p.m.
Israel Information Day - Meet
with Yefet Ozery, representative
of the Jewish Agency's kibbutz
aliyah desk; appointments
available from 10am-4pm at
Hillel; call 769-0500
Store Front Churches in De-
troit - Center for Afro-American

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"I would offer my own life tot'
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Michelle Augustine and Karena
Ferrari, two Ithaca College students
who attended the pro-choice rally,
said although they thought the ceme-
tery was morbid, it was a very effec-
tive way of making a point.
"It shows you a different perspec-
tive and it does have an impact on
you no matter what your beliefs,"
Augustine said.
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