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Competing with the music of
church choir practice at times,
Schroer spoke emotionally about her
personal experience with abortion
"I am not a scholar on this issue.
I am a street fighter for abortion
rights," Schroer said. "I come from a
Catholic home where abortion was
viewed as a sin."
Schroer told the discussion group
that her 88-year-old mother said, "I
never thought I'd be supporting
someone who was for abortion,"
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Schroer's campaign.
Noting the current 9-9 split on
the House Public Health Committee
- the body which hears abortion
legislation - committee member
Schroer, warned that House leaders
were planning to add two anti-abor-
tion members to the committee.
In the state House, four female
anti-abortion members re-introduced
an informed consent bill containing
a 24-hour waiting period and a re-
quirement to view drawings of
aborted fetuses yesterday.
Johndal expressed concern over
the anti-abortion legislation, adding
that only 50 of the 110 House mem-
bers are pro-abortion rights.
At a press conference, Sen. Jack
Weston (R-Grand Rapids) said the
Senate version of the informed con-
sent bill "would allow women to
make informed choices before they
go out and kill their babies."

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learned of his daughter's existence,
the DeBoers had already been
granted custody of the child and
were waiting for the adoption pro-
ceedings to become final.
The DeBoers brought the child
back to Ann Arbor from the Iowa
hospital where she was born, and
named her Jessica.
Meanwhile, Daniel Schmidt be-
gan his legal quest to regain custody
of his daughter. While the mother
had given up her parental rights to
the child, Schmidt had not - the le-
gal basis for his case.
In December 1991, an Iowa
District Court ordered the DeBoers
to return the child to Schmidt.
However, the DeBoers kept the child
while appealing the decision.
In September 1992 the DeBoers

lost their appeal to the Iowa
Supreme Court, at which time they
were told to return the child to
Daniel and Cara Schmidt on Dec. 3,
Instead, on that date they were in
Washtenaw County Circuit Court,
beginning legal proceedings to have
the Michigan judicial system assume
jurisdiction over the case.
In January of this year, the venue
moved to Ann Arbor because Ager
agreed to hear the case in his court
with a view to deciding the "best
interests of the child."
The hearings started Jan. 29 in
the downtown Ann Arbor court-
This complex battle is expected
to set a legal precedent for similar
custody trials in the future.
Both sides have retained legal
counsel in Michigan - the DeBoers
are being represented by Suellyn


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Scarnecchia, Ann Arbor attorney
and assistant University Law profes-
sor, and the Schmidts are being rep-
resented by attorney Marian Faupel
of Saline, Mi.
Scarnecchia is being assisted by a
select group of students from the U-
M Law School's Child Advocacy
Clinic, who are involved with re-
search and some motion presenta-
tions for the case. Scarnecchia,
however, is the primary legal repre-
The court has heard testimony
from both couples, psychologists,
the attorney who handled the
DeBoers' original adoption attempt,
Daniel Schmidt's former lovers, and
his 16-year-old son from a previous
The psychologists offered testi-
mony concerning the effects poten-
tial outcomes might have on the
child and the mental fitness of the
adults involved.
This testimony concerning the
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being toppled from its superior posi-
tion in a hierarchy, said Jamal
Young of the Office of Minority
"White folks do look for leader-
ship, like Black political-type lead-
ers," Young said. "But they are cho-
sen by and anointed and made
prominent by white folks," he said.
He cited a lack of recognition of
Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass,
and W.E.B. DuBois, in public
schools to reinforce this point.
Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
Charles Moody said Malcolm X was
not appreciated by everyone during
the 1960s because of a lack of expo-
sure to his platform of extreme pro-
Blackness - a theory which advo-
cated using the white race to thrust
Black Americans into positions of
political power.
In this century society has ac-
knowledged a few Black leaders. But
who remains in charge? Nation of
Islam leader Louis Farrakhan?
African American holiday Kwanzaa
founder Maulana Karega? Members
of the Black community ask why a
minority group has to have a
spokesperson. Not everyone in that
group shares the same ideologies,
Black Student Union Speaker Tonya
Clowney said.
"I don't feel the Black commu-
nity is looking for one specific
leader. There is an absence of a na-
tional leader but this is because one
person must speak for the beliefs,
wants, or experiences of a nation of
people," she explained.
Moody shared Clowney's view,
and said there are many forms of
leadership - including politics, sci-
ence and entertainment. He compared
a movement to a basketball team
during a game.
"You need different people to
play different roles to carry out a
game plan or movement," he said.
"And when the TV cameras go off,
the work still goes on."
As well, people of color wonder
why every individual who is a mem-
ber of a minority group becomes a
role model once they achieve suc-
cess. Basketball player Michael
Jordan and musician Prince never
asked to specifically lead a group of
Blacks, Moody said.


adults is expected to be fundamental
to the outcome of the case.
University child psychologist
Thomas Horner testified Feb. 3 that
granting custody to the Schmidts
would initially be very painful for
the child, but she might eventually
recover from the trauma and form
her own identity.
Ann Arbor psychotherapist Beth
Clark told the court Wednesday of
the results of her psychological ex-
aminations of the two couples.
She gave damning testimony
about Daniel Schmidt, saying he is
easy to anger and apt to blame others
for his problems.
"It really gives you a feel ... that
he's about to lose it," Clark said of
Schmidt's emotional control.
The DeBoers have said they will
abide by Ager's decision and will
place the child's interests before
their own, even if it means losing

"As soon as a Black, Hispanic,
Asian American, or Native American
ascends to some kind of position,
the first thing people say is,,.You
have to be a role model.' I've never
heard anyone saying a white had to
be a role model," he said.
Moody said he thinks Black
celebrities often receive a lot of at-
tention because they have not had
much mainstream exposure.
"You can have all the Barry
Manilows and Springsteens," he
said. "But there hasn't been enough
room for contributors who are Asian
Americans, Native Americans,
African Americans, and Hispanics."
This has also been a concern of
the University community, where
members of a certain ethnicity, reli-
gion, racial, or sexual preference,
question one of two things - why
members of their community who
have ascended to higher positions
such as professorships do not speak
for them or why members of their
community designated by someone
from outside decide to speak for
Clowney said she questions the
latter, wondering why a leader must
be imposed on her. "You don't look
toward one speaker for white
Americans, and when you look for
that one specific leader in Black
Americans what you're doing is
denying a person his or her identity
and it is insulting for people to be-
lieve they experience that at all," she
A leader cannot speak for all peo-
ple, not even a leader resurrected
from the past. Society can continue
to look for role models, but each
person has their own and has many.
The return to Malcolm X last year
was a stepping stone by which
Americans could examine his preach-
ing critically and either maintain or
change their opinion about the
But the leader is no longer with
us and if he were, who is to say an
entire community would follow his
"Martin didn't speak for the fol-
lowers of Malcolm and Malcolm
didn't speak for the followers of
Martin," Clowney said. "And Martin
and Malcolm didn't speak for those,-
who didn't follow either. Leaders
speak for those who follow them."



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