to aid mom
held in sale
A fund has been created to benefit
Susie Factor, a young woman who was
arrested last week and charged with
selling her 4-day-old daughter.
Anita Marcos, president
of the Bay
of the National
with a $50 donation.
would like to Factor
help her get back on her feet,"''said
Factor, 23, was arrested March 11
after she accepted $500 from two Houston juvenile officers who had posed as
man and wife and offered to adopt the
child. The mother, however, has said
she did not realize she was breaking
the law by accepting the money and
that she only took the cash because she
was destitute and needed it to pay her
Factor, an eighth-grade dropout who
has a 2-year-old daughter, said she had
been separated from her husband for a
year and a half, had lost her job in a
taco stand and was shunned by the baby's father when she requested his help.
"We don't believe this young woman
actually meant to 'sell' her baby, and
she really needs help," said Marcos.
"One reason for the fund is to help
support her for the present, but, hopefully, we can get her some sort of training so she can better support herself in
Factor was released on a personal
recognizance bond but still faces prosecution on the charge of selling a child, a
third-degree felony. The child has been
placed in a foster home and a custody
hearing is scheduled Thursday.
Contributions to the fund can be
made to the Susie Factor Trust Account at the First City Bank of Clear
Lake, P 0. Box 58068, Houston, Texas,
Indian women protest
WASHINGTON - About two dozen
American Indian women demonstrated
near the White house against President
Reagan's plan to eliminate a $26 million program that provides educational
aid to Indian children in 27 states. The
cold rain did not seem to dampen the
Indians' spirits and several beat drums
and chanted. The demonstration was
held in a park across the street from
the White House. The object of the protest is the Johnson-OMailey program.
Ex-wife awarded $115,000
GOLDEN, Colo. - A jury awarded
$115,000 to a woman who sued her former husband, Denver oilman James
Simmons, for allegedly outrageous and
unacceptable treatment during their
six years of marriage. The lawsuit was
the first in which the battered wife
claim was made in a civil action in
Colorado, lawyers for Linda K. Gladish,
35, said. „ '
Abortion clinic violence
FBI Director William Webster said
harassment of women seeking abortions has a "chilling" effect on their
rights, but the Justice Department has
decided civil rights laws do not apply
to such threats. Webster and Stephen
Higgins, head of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, told a House
Judiciary subcommittee there have
been 32 abortion clinic bombings since
1982, but no evidence of a conspiracy.
Subcommittee chairman Don Edwards,
D-Calif., called for the Justice Department to protect the rights of women to
enter "reproductive health centers."
But Webster said the department has
concluded that federal civil rights laws
do not protect a woman s right to an
aboxtion. As a result of that judgment,
the FBI cannot investigate harassment
of women seeking abortions, but can
only help investigate a bombing, Webster said.