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PRO-LIFERS PR ESS FOR FUR THER CUTS
Reagan limits abortion research
WASHINGTON (AP)-The anti-abortion
movement has convinced the government to drop
some research on termination of pregnancies and to
virtually ban the operation on, Indian reservations.
Now, it's taking off after bigger targets.
With a friend in the White House, abortion foes are
pressing the administration to rewrite government
health insurance policies so they no longer pay for
AND THEY want the Planned Parenthood
Federation, whose affiliates perform 70,000 abortions
a year, to be dropped as a beneficiary of the annual
charity drive among government workers. Last year,
the Combined Federal Campaign gave Planned
In addition, the anti-abortion leaders want
President Reagan to sign an executive order
eliminating abortions which are in any way spon-
sored by the federal government-including abor-
tions, so far sanctioned by Congress, in cases of rape,
incest or where doctors say a woman's life would be
endangered by completion of her pregnancy.
Such an order could eliminate abortions at over-
seas military bases which are performed by military
doctors, though paid for by the recipient.
BUT SO FAR, the anti-abortion movement is not
putting a lot of pressure on Reagan. It feels it has
plenty of influence and time is on its side.
"We have virtually taken over the Department of
Health and Human Services," says Peter Gemma,
director of the Pro-Life Political Action Committee.
"We have scored very well," he says. "We have
friends in all parts of the government. From a pro-life
viewpoint, I'd give the administration's first 100 days
in office a grade of A-minus."
AND CAL THOMAS, a spokesman for the Moral
Majority, says the administration has "done a
tremendous amount to set the right tone, to create a
pro-life environment" for anti-abortion legislation
and administrative efforts.
Advocates of abortion rights fear that Donald
Devine, director of the Office of Personnel
Management, will carry through on the plan to
eliminate abortions from government health. Devine -
is a former member of the board of directors of the
Life Political Action Committee.
So far, Devine says he is only considering it, but he
asserts he has sole authority to make the change if he
decides to do so.
THE AMERICAN Federation of Government Em-
ployees, a union, says it would challenge him if he
"We entirely expect that the government will say it
no longer wants abortions covered," says Margurite
Beck-Rex, spokeswoman for the National Abortion
Rights Action League.
"Many providers might find it too complicated to
cover abortions in some contracts and not in others,"
she says. "They might leave it out of all contracts if
the government does this."
CONGRESS HAS already cut the number of abor-
tions paid for by Medicaid from 295,000 in 1977 to 6,900
last year-those meeting the rape, incest or life-
Reagan's budget proposals call for eliminating
rape and incest pregnancies as qualifying.
in bottle-feeding issue
WASHINGTON (AP)-Charging that
one million Third World babies perish
each year from diseases brought on by
bottle-feeding, two senior officials said
yesterday they will resign when the
Reagan administration votes against
an international code favoring mothers'
Administration officials don't dispute
that breast-feeding is preferable, but
contend the code represents an un-
warranted attempt by the United
Nations to regulate how private
businesses promote their products.
THE VOLUNTARY measure is an at-
tempt to stem advertising and selling
tactics designed to convince parents in
poor nations that infant formula is
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example, the practice of sending
women dressed as nurses to rural
villages-or paying local health
workers-to recommend formulas.
Dr. Stephen Joseph and Eugene
Babb, both senior executives of the
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news conference at the American
Public Health Association.
MEANWHILE, A bipartisan group of
10 congressmen called on Reagan to
personally intervene to reverse the
decision to vote against the milk code.
"The United State's vote pits
America against every other nation in
the World Health Organization," said
the congressmen in a letter to Reagan.
"We cannot believe that the U.S. stands
for the death of millions of children
from hunger end disease."
The eight-page code states that
governments should be responsible for
giving pregnant women and mothers
information about "the benefits and
superiority of breastfeeding" and about
"the health hazards of unnecessary or
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