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Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 10. June 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 11, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/898.

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(June 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 10. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/898

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-06
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date June 1979
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript ing just to say 'King's X! Just leave us a- lone! Don't do anything.' "I don't want them to meet once a year-1 couldn't stand it! If they took any more things away from people, I don't see how we could live. "I rate this session with a big, fat F! "I sat there and watched as Billy Clayton gaveled down so matter-of-factly the consumer legislation that Price Daniels Jr. and the legislature he was speaker of had so carefully put together. This session did it so brutally, it was painful. "Also, before this we were able to stop in committee all the 'right-to-life' and 'pink lady' legislation. S. B. 117 is the one breakthrough those groups have had in a long time. I think it is upsetting because the legislation is bad and because they were able to push it through. "Once again, I think another one of those anti-abortion bills might have passed if it had not been for the 'killer bees.' I don't think people realize that the five-day delay prevented a lot of bad bills from coming up. Even Hobby, by being so hard-headed, indirectly helped." Merlyn Whited, Director, IMPACT {£l lad we not had the people we did participating, I think some horrendous pieces of legislation would have gone through. "I was primarily focusing on allocation of monies, or legislation that would have a very negative impact on low income people. I was particularly interested in the Texas Department of Human Resources (DHR) budget. We were working to get the basic living grant raised, and it was, by a small amount. This was a very small victory! "Most of the people who are living in poverty in Texas and are recipients of these DHR programs are single parent families, headed by women. It is really frightening when you realize what Texas is doing to its people. One-fifth of the children in this state are living in poverty. "I think the best time to develop effectiveness with elected officials is when they're running for office. They are more receptive then. While they're in Austin, I think they get sensory overload; they just don't hear too well! "If you show up one day during the heat of the session and say, 'Hi, I'm really concerned about all of this stuff, politicians will look at you and say, 'Yea. Where were you when I was getting elected?' Joan Glantz, Spokesperson, ACLU and TARAL ^^There were 10 very serious anti-abortion bills this session. Before the session convened, we in the ACLU knew that the committees last session were responsive to some of our concerns. This time, they weren't. Our legislation was a lost cause. And it took a lot of effort to keep more devastating legislation from being passed. "We would have been all right on S. B. 117 except that Tim Von Dohlen had a lot of credits coming to him from a lot of people. He said he was going to call it his bill, and he wanted these people to vote it out. That is what happened. "Bill Hobby is the big loser in this session. I think he came out making lots of enemies, losing friends, and he didn't accomplish what he set out to do. I think he ended up looking like a fool."—Carr "If you show up only at the session, you minimize your effectiveness. To maximize it, start getting active for the next session now—right now. "I have a feeling that many women believe that political decisions are made on the basis of what is morally right, decent and humane. That idea is the furthest thing from the truth. Politics is nothing but a bloodless war that determines who's going to get what, and how much of it, for how long. And it's in the form of a game which is called the legislative session!" The decade's most important book The Two-Pajrcheck Marriage by Caroline Bird An in-depth report revealing how wives at work are changing every aspect of American life: • sexual relations • husband-wife relationships • bank accounts • vacations • savings • child bearing • child rearing • spending: hers, his, theirs • dwellings • moving 'Astute... timely... thoughtful... very readable.' —Publishers Weekly At all bookstores $8 95 GI^Qwson,GWade Distributed by Atheneum "The potential for the bill is that a lot of doctors will refuse to do second trimester abortions. "We are positive that it is unconstitutional, but that doesn't mean very much until somebody brings litigation or the attorney general makes a ruling on it. Given the complexion of most of our attorneys general, that kind of ruling doesn't happen too often. "Houston is fortunate that we have some Representatives and Senators who have always been supportive of our concerns. 'Babe' Schwartz and Chet Brooks are also marvelous. "We consider the session a disaster, but the failure is minor compared to what it could have been. The bill we have is unconstitutional, but it will take time to get that clarified. In the meantime, we'll just have to see what the doctors do. If they This resistance appeared to be based on a very exaggerated form of hearsay. "It was a surprise that there was any objection to 117 at all because it is not an anti-abortion bill. "All it does is specify that the doctor stop killing the baby. If that stops abortion, then so be it. The bill did not relate specifically to abortion. It was never intended to be an anti-abortion bill. "We were a little surprised when the Texas Medical Association (TMA) began lobbying against 117. Then, we found that some of the vested interest in the performance of abortion in Texas is related to the TMA. It makes sense that doctors would be concerned about possible malpractice when their current operating procedure is such that the baby is allowed to die, or encouraged to die. "There was no attempt whatsoever in this legislative session to stop abortions. The arena for that battle is the supreme Court or Congress. The educational level in Texas is not high enough to pass the type of legislation that would be useful in court action. "It is the first time since the Supreme Court decision January 22, 1973, Roe vs Wade, legalized abortion all nine months that any legislation has passed directly related to the act of abortion to protect the born, or unborn. S. B. 117 protects the born. We see it as a major breakthrough. "One of the main arguments was possible birth defects to the child. Why would there be birth defects? You can go to hospitals all over and see premature babies who, with proper care, are no more defective than you or I. Defects might result from the method of abortion. Some techniques are more damaging than others. If you do have major defects, it will point out the inequity of abortion, especially in regards to the child. "People in the 'right-to-life' movement are not unsympathetic, nor are they unconscious to the potential danger in the defective child. I don't think it is unfair to say that if it would take some defective children to be born to be living witnesses to the atrocity of abortion, there are more than enough people in 'right-to- life' to adopt and care for these children. "Politics is a bloodless war that determines who's going to get what, and how much of it, for how long. And it's in the form of a game called the legislative session."—Whited adhere to it, then it could prove to be very detrimental. "S. B.117 was certainly aided by the Speaker of the House, Billy Clayton. He broke an historical tradition by assigning the bill to a different committee in the House than in the Senate. When asked why he did it, he said it was to help Mengden's bill get out of committee. "This fight is not over, in Texas, or nationally. It is going to be around a long time. To say the legislative session is finished for a year and a half is the worst thing we can do. These people ('Right-to- lifers) are strengthening every day. We must be ready for them." Ira Early, Spokesperson, Foundation for Life ££It was surprising to us to see a focus of opposition on a bill like S. B. 117 rather than, say, 118 or 119. Those two bills sought to cut back abortions. 117 did not. "Our surprise was that there was not more common ground between feminist groups who morally would be supportive of humane treatment of the living child. Instead, there was a great deal of opposition, even from outside letters and such. The bill did not mandate the state to take over the care of these children." Wanda Schultz, Legislative Action Chair, Conservative Caucus £4 We are happy with the defeat of the International Year of the Child (IYC) because we feel that it is a disguise. The leaders of the IYC are trying to misinform the public into believing that the movement is concerned with poor, neglected, and abused children, like we all are. But if you look very closely, you will find the same bunch of what I call radicals that put on International Women's Year (IWY) put on IYC also. "I am in favor of parental rights. That's why I don't think we need any United Nations commission telling us how to rear our children, especially when that whole bunch comes out of Communist countries. Sweden, for instance, a socialist nation, just passed a new law making it illegal for parents to spank a child. The Bible tells me 'spare not the rod.' I think this is a definite infringement on parental rights. "Getting IYC stopped in the Senate is the Conservative Caucus' biggest success this year. "Our biggest loss is the new wording in HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 10 JUNE 1979