The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 6, 2002 - 3
p Bubbles, anyone?
Bill gives priority to centers
with no link to abortion ideas
Five-year-old Ashlee Vanmassenhove of New Baltimore blows bubbles on a
warm Saturday afternoon at Liberty Park in Sterling Heights.
'Wo-men's Center, Inc.
di*rector to take over
By Shabina S. Khatri
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Senate passed a con-
troversial measure Thursday that oppo-
nents said could prevent clinics
providing medical treatment for
women in low-income families from
receiving public funds. While support-
ers said HB 4655 prioritizes the alloca-
tion of tax dollars, others criticize the
bill for the message it sends about
Although the measure passed, it
failed to win immediate effect, mean-
ing the bill will likely not take effect
until next April.
The measure requires the Department
of Community Health to set priorities on
which family planning clinics will be
eligible for state and federal family plan-
ning funding. It gives preferential fund-
ing to clinics that have no ties to
This means a loss of future funding
for health centers - such as Planned
Parenthood - that perform abortions,
refer women to abortion providers or
have a written policy that considers
abortion part of a continuum of repro-
ductive health services.
LSA junior Clair Morrissey, the chair
of Students for Choice, said the bill does
a disservice to low-income families that
benefit from Planned Parenthood's slid-
ing scale services.
"Planned Parenthood charges you
based on how much you make. Because
it's illegal for money from the state to go
to abortion anyways, the bill is really
cutting funding for other services
Planned Parenthood provides, like pap
smears, mammograms and low-cost
birth control," she said.
Tom Chadwick, legislative aide to
Senate Majority Floor Leader Joanne
Emmons (R-Big Rapids) said Emmons
is a supporter of the bill and that the
measure does not intend to cut funding
to any organizations.
"It doesn't take one dollar away
from Planned Parenthood. All the bill
does it prioritize (future) funding to
places that don't promote abortion.
In the state of Michigan abortion is
not considered a part of family plan-
ning," he said.
Opponents of the bill argue that only
three Planned Parenthood clinics pro-
vide abortions and that no state money
is used for the procedures.
By monetarily favoring funds to
clinics that are mostly crisis preg-
nancy centers, Morrissey said, the
measure hurts the 30 clinics that
provide pregnancy care, cervical
cancer screening, hormone replace-
ment therapy and other services in
women's medical care.
But Chadwick also said that in areas
where no other family planning institu-
tions are available, some Planned Par-
enthood clinics would receive funding.
"The Planned Parenthood clinics that
don't advocate abortion will receive tax-
payer dollars," he said.
Sen. Jon Schwarz (R-Battle Creek)
said he disagreed with the bill because
of its ideological nature.
"You can't just exclude one organi-
zation because they give advice on an
issue. I think it's inappropriate for the
legislature to dictate by dollars that
those dollars be spent on one organiza-
tion and exclude others," he said. "It's
ideological and that's why we really
shouldn't be involved."
"You can't just exclude one organization
because they give advice on an issue."
- Jon Schwartz
State Senator (R- Batle Creek)
By Maria Sprow
Daily News Editor
After more than four months of
reviewing applicants, the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs named Kelly Cichy the new
director of the Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center last week.
"I'm very excited, for a lot of rea-
sons," Cichy said of her new posi-
tion. She is currently the executive
director of Women's Center, Inc., in
Carbondale, Ill. but will leave that
job for Ann Arbor at the end of the
In order to receive the position,
Cichy was successful in edging out
47 other candidates, including two
other finalists - Joan Dovekas and
Pamela Shitman. "Its a wonderful
opportunity for me in the work that I
am doing," Cichy added.
Cichy said she has been working
with victims of sexual abuse and
assault for over 20 years.
"A lot of that came from when I was
an undergraduate at college, and when
either experiences that I had personally
or experiences that friends of mine had,
we had no where to go," she said. "It
was very grass roots at that point."
Those who work with Cichy said
they would be sad to see her leave
because she has been an integral force
at Women's Center.
"We're happy to see her getting to
a place in her career where things
are coming together for her person-
ally and professionally," said Iva
Dell Clay, the development special-
ist for the center. "We are really sad
to see her go because she's built a
team and it feels like the captain is
Former 'U' football player
listed among beautiful celebs
By Jennifer Misthal
Daily Staff Reporter
People Magazine staff members and several female Univer-
sity students officially agree on something - former Univer-
sity football player and student Tom Brady is beautiful.
Brady was named one of the magazine's 50 Most Beautiful
People, joining the likes of actors Nicole Kidman, Cameron
Diaz and Josh Hartnett.
Brady attended the University from 1996-2000. During his
time playing for the Wolverines, he went from a backup player
in the 1996-1997 season to team co-captain in the 1999-2000
season. With the help of Brady's leadership, the Wolverines
beat Alabama in the Orange Bowl that same year. He graduat-
ed with a degree in organizational studies.
In 2000, Brady became the New England Patriots' seventh
round draft pick. He is presently quarterback for the team and
became the youngest NFL player to be named most Valuable
Player for the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Although there is no scientific method of selection for the
list, a spokeswoman from the magazine said editors look at the
year's most popular celebrities, while also receiving sugges-
tions from readers.
"(Brady) stood out from the rest.... He's had a great year,"
the spokeswoman said. "Everyone thinks he's so good-look-
According to the article, with three older sisters, Brady was
often the victim of makeovers. Now, he avoids makeup, com-
plaining that at a recent photo shoot "they started putting
makeup on my arms!"
His grooming routine consists of "taking showers. That's it,"
Brady told the magazine.
Fans feel Brady deserved to be on the list.
"I wasn't surprised he made the list," LSA junior Anne
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Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady, who now plays for
the New England Patriots, was voted as one of People's 50
Most Beautiful People.
Williams said that while she is a fan of Brady and the
Wolverines, she does not have a favorite physical attribute of
him because she first noticed him for his football skills. "His
looks are just a bonus," Williams said.
Brady is the only NFL player out of four athletes on this
year's list. People Magazine said NFL players have historical-
ly been included in their selection. "We look at anyone... who
came to the forefront," said the magazine's spokeswoman.
Patriots' spokesman Stacey James said Brady's teammates
will be "razzing"him for making the list.
Brady and the rest of the Patriots are currently on vacation
and were unavailable for comment.