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Protesters mark Roe, march on Supeme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Buoyed by support
from a new president, tens of thousands of
abotion opponents marched to the Supreme
Court yesterday in a yearly protest ritual to
mark the landmark 1973 ruling that guarantees
*oman's right to abortion.
Under sunny skies, protesters young and old
gathered at the foot of the Washington Monu-
ment before the march, one contingent carry-
ing a banner that read, "Michigan Loves Our
Pro-Life President." Many others carried red
placards that read, "Face It: Abortion Kills
Children," and blue signs that said, "Defend
The march - from 15th Street and Constitu-
tion Avenue NW to the Supreme Court -
which took about 35 minutes last year, took I
"There's no doubt about the enthusiasm from
the elections and that people were hoping very
much there would be an announcement (from
President Bush) regarding executive orders,"
said Nellie Gray, president of the March for
Life Fund, which has sponsored the annual
rally to protest the Supreme Court's 1973 deci-
sion in Roe v. Wade.
The crowd got both: A personal message
from Bush read by U.S. Rep. Christopher H.
Smith (R-N.J.) and a message from the White
House that the president would sign an execu-
tive order barring federal funds to international
family planning groups that offer abortion ser-
vices and counseling. The announcement came
eight years to the day that former President
Clinton suspended the measure by restoring
federal funds to such clinics worldwide.
Bush's message to the crowd was read by
Smith, one of the most outspoken abortion
opponents in Congress.
"Governor Bush wouldn't be President Bush
without pro-life Americans like you," Smith
said before reading Bush's statement, which
said, in part:
"Two days ago, Americans gathered at the
Washington Mall to celebrate our nation's
ideals. Today, you are gathered to remind our
country that one of those ideals is the infinite
value of every life.
"We share a great goal: to work toward a day
when every child is welcomed in life and pro-
tected in law. We know this will not come easi-
ly or all at once," Bush said. "But the goal
leads us onward: to build a culture of life,
affirming that every person, at every stage and
season of life, is created equal in God's image."
The president's words moved Renata Grzan,
of Laurel, Md., to tears as she stood on the
"This is a person who uneands, who has
integrity. You can tell he has/art that really
knows what's true," saidzan, a former
teacher at Mount deSales Ademy in Balti-
"I'm moved to finally I something from
the White House, to heatme acknowledg-
ment of us. He used ticords 'culture of
life,"' she said. "I feel'e again. This is a
The statement was tprst delivered to the
annual anti-abortion ralince then-Presidents
Ronald Reagan and frge Bush spoke to
marchers via loudspeanook-up.
The younger Busplnnouncement drew
immediate criticism n pro-choice groups,
which call the poli/he "global gag rule"
because it prohibitsrseas family planning
organizations that receive any U.S. aid from
even providing information on abortions. Many
abortion foes call it the "Mexico City policy"
because Reagan announced it at a 1984 popu-
lation conference there.
"If the president on Day One is willing to go
so far to violate the rights of women living out-
side the borders of this country, we are
extremely concerned with what's in store for
our 30,000 patients and the women throughout
the metropolitan area," said Jatrice Martel
Gaiter, president and chief executive officer of
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washing-
Protesters proceeded from the Ellipse to the
Supreme Court, many praying the rosary aloud
or singing "God Bless America" and "Ave
Maria." There appeared to be no hecklers or
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the service to stay, people have to ride
the train. From 1999 to 2000 there was
a 6.8 percent drop in the number of
Wengers on the Detroit to Chicago
~.e," Foran said.
The state has also taken steps to
attract high-speed trains - a possi-
bility that both Amtrak and the state
hope will increase train ridership.
According to MDOT, both the state
and Federal Railroad Administration
have each spent $11 million and
Amtrak, along with corporate partners,
have spent $9 million to improve the
railroad's infrastructure in Michigan
ittprovements believed to be neces-
y to bring the high-speed trains to
Testing of the high-speed trains has
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Authorities said a weekend tip
*mpted by the show "America's
Most Wanted" led to the capture.
The show had featured the convicts
four times since the escape, includ-
ing the last three Saturday nights.
Undersheriff Kevin Dougherty
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fugitives by the manager of the
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t d pine trees, was put under sur-
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ed not at the RV park but as they
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Also testifying yesterday was law
:ducation expert Kent Syverud,
ho is dean of Vanderbilt Law
Syverud testified that he had ini-
tially been skeptical of admissions
policies which take race into
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he has witnessed has been stricter
grading by graduate student
"Over the last 10 to 15 years the
GSIs have spontaneously become
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to any departmental or University
influence, but to political views on
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study. "The type of studying was
more of an adjustment than the
time," LSA freshman Chris White
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