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Page 2-Wednesday, August 4, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Reagan backs
endto abortion
on demand

President Reagan told a Roman
Catholic audience yesterday that the
"national tragedy of abortion on
demand must end" and said his call for
nuclear weapons reductions renders
"obsolete" proposals for a mere freeze.
The president reasserted his op-
position to unnecessary government in-
trusion into the lives of Americans and
then went on to advocate tax credits for
private-school tuition, a constitutional
amendment to allow prayer in schools,
and legislation to restrict abortions.
AS EXAMPLES of the kind of gover-
nment involvement he objects to,
Reagan cited federal financing of abor-
tions for poor women and forced busing
to achieve school integration.
Addressing the Knights of Columbus,
a Catholic service organization
celebrating its 100th anniversary, the
president said:
"Our goal is to take government out
of areas where.it does not belong so that
it can properly perform its traditional
and legitimate functions.
"I STRONGLY believe that the
protection of innocent life is and has
always been a legitimate and indeed
the first duty of government. Believing
that, I favor human life legislation ...
This national tragedy of abortion on
demand must end."
He urged "speedy consideration" for
three separate human life bills pending
in the Senate.
"If we don't know when the unborn
becomes a human life, then we must opt
for life unless and until someone can
prove it is not alive," he said.

.supports human life bills
ON FOREIGN policy, Reagan con-
tended his administration "takes
second place to none in the quest for
peace through arms control and
"Many of the proposals we hear
today for a nuclear freeze are ob-
solete," he said.
The president said his proposal to cut
U.S. and Soviet nuclear warheads by
one-third and to eliminate ground-
based intermediate-range missiles in
Europe-items now being negotiated
with the Soviets in Geneva-go "far
beyond the sterile idea of a freeze."
"A freeze might be fine after we've
had a complete removal of the most
threatening intermediate-based
missiles and deep reductions in
strategic weapons-verifiable reduc-
tions," he added.

The weather
Today's weather will perk up as skies clear and temperatures rise to the
upper 80s.
It's the real Diet Coke
SPOTLIGHTS LIT up the sky, 4,000 guests entered on a red carpet,
and the Rockettes kicked up their heels as the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of
New York unveiled its new diet soft drink, Diet Coke. The company, the
largest Coke franchise in the United States, later transported its guests from
Radio City Music Hall to a west side pier for a street festival that rounded -
out the $100,000 party. Pianist Bobby Short, flown in from Europe for the oc-
casion, sand a medley from Coca-Cola advertising campaigns before in-
troducing the Diet Coke "Just For the Taste of It" jingle. Diet Coke, billed as
having a "real cola taste," will be in direct competition with Diet Pepsi and
Pepsi-Light for the diet soft drink market, but will not compete with Tab,
Coca-Cola's leading diet product, company officials said. "Diet Coke is for
real people," Edward O'Reilly, president of the franchise told the audience,
and will be aimed at "Mr. and Mrs. America" while Tab is primarily geared
towards "women, and the beautiful people." Coca-Cola has yet, however, to
market a drink for those outside the beautiful, real, or married category. Q
AAFC- Maitresse, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
Cinema Two - The Big Combo, 7:30 p.m., The Big T.N.T. Show, 9:10 p.m.,
Lorch Hall.
CFT - Lenny, 3,7:15 p.m., Cabaret, 5, 9:15 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Academic Alcoholics - meeting, 1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
Science Fiction Club - meeting, "Stilyagi Air Corps," 8:15 p.m., Ground
Floor Conf. Rm., Michigan Union.
School of Music - tour of carillon, 4-5 p.m., top of Burton Tower.
Cognitive Science & Extension Service Program - conference of
Cognitive Science Society, 8a.m., registration, 2nd Fl., concourse, Michigan
Transcendental Meditation Program - lectures, 1 p.m., Rm. 4313
Michigan Union and 8:15 p.m., 528 W. Liberty. Contact Marilee Woodworth
at 996-8686 for information.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann. Arbor, MI. 48109.
The Michigan Daily

Congressional panel starts
work on tax compromise

House conference committee began
writing a compromise, election-year
tax increase yesterday and im-
mediately started looking for ways to
avoid higher taxes on consumers.
Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), chairman of
the conference, said he would be willing
to eliminate proposed increases in
taxes on cigarettes and telephone ser-
vice if colleagues could find other ways
to raise the revenue. Dole also said he
and other members agreed to try to
moderate the planned boost in taxes on
families with big medical expenses.
BUT THE first session of the commit-
tee, which is made up of seven senators
and eight House members, was devoted
chiefly to a defense of the tax increase
passed by the Senate and calls for
President Reagan to work actively for
congressional approval of a com-
Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-l.);
whose Ways and Means Committee
departed from tradition and decided
against drafting its own tax bill, hailed
the Senate version as "a truly great
piece of legislation." He added,
however, "I see no way this. measure
has any chance of passage without a so-

called full-court press by the ad-
Congress must pass the tax increase
to reduce the federal borrowing
requirement and bring down interest
rates, Rostenkowski said. Failure to
agree on a bill, he added, "would be
totally destructive to the economy."
DOLE SAID Reagan took an active
role when the Republican-controlled
Senate passed the bill last month. "He
is committed to this tax bill," Dole ad-
ded, "but it is going to take a great deal
more effort on behalf of the president to
get it enacted."
House Speaker Tip O'Neill sounded
the same theme in a meeting with
reporters. "I don't see a tax bill out
there" unless the president can deliver
more than 100 of the 192 Republican
votes in the House, he said.
Congressional aides now estimate the
bill passed by the Senate would raise
taxes by $98.9 billion over the next three
yesrs. The target budget adopted by
Congresshrequires at leasta$16 billion
worth of new revenues during that
The measure also would reduce
federal spending for Medicaid,
Medicare and aid to t;he.needy by about
$16.7 billion over three years.

Vol. XCII, No. 54-S
Wednesday, August 4, 1982
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