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Both sides plan renewed push
before final ruling
Those on both sides of the volatile abortion
issue vowed to step up campaigns to get their
respective argumenfe to the public before the
U.S. Supreme Court makes a final ruling on
its decision Tuesday that the government
must resume funding abortions tor the poor.
The ruling was greeted In Houston in a
predictable fashion, with pro-abortion groups
delighted and anti-abortion groups dismayed.
The high court ruling came pending full-scale
review of the issue before the end of the current court term. '
"We are outraged by the ruling," said
Robert Powell, vice president of the Texas
Right to Life Committee.
"The power of the purse belongs to our
elected officials, not to the courts. A majority
has shown through their elected representatives that Americans do not want to pay tor
abortion on demand and now the Supreme
Court has usurped their power and said, 'You
not only will tolerate it (abortions), you will
pay for it,' " he said.
"WE BELIEVE AID to the poor should be
in the form of food and housing, not help for
killing their babies," Powell said.
Phyllis Van Kerrebrook, president of the
board of Houston Planned Parenthood, afc
plauded the ruling tor its broad definition of
medically necessary abortions.
"This definition is much more liberal than
what we have now, but it could be more re
strictive than the origteaimSop
ruling allowing abortfco on demand because
the term medkmUy wxvmtT was not -hv
eluded in that," Van S&rebrook said
"We believe (the$nll!ig) reinforces the
constitutional rights ol religious freedom and
equal protection undrf. the law. We hope it
will become permanent when the court
makes its final decisifi'' she said. \
Tuesday's action temporarily upheld the
decision of U.S. Dikrict Judge John Dooling
of New York City&rho last month struck
down the so-called jfcyde Amendment, a congressional restricts* on federal spending for
UNDER COOLING'S RULING, Medicaid
money must be available for all eligible
women seeking "medically necessary" abortions — a definition, pooling took beyond
physical health to include the best interest of
a woman's mental and social well-being.
The Most Rev. John L. Morkovsky, Roman
Catholic bishop of the Galveston-Houston
Diocese, said he was saddened by the ruling.
"With the conviction that abortion is the
killing of an infant, I find it most deplorable
that the Supreme Court considers killing a
right that must I* provided by tax funds for
some members of our society," he said.
"It is so contrary to the principles on
which our nation was founded —- that human
beings deserve dignity and the undeniable
right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the bishop said.
JOAN GLANTZ, SPEAKING for the
American Civil liberties Union which favors
abortion oa demand, called Dooling "coura-
geous lot not letting rejigtogs biasee |a|prfentf
with his Judgment
"Judge Dooling ©we this case a most tho
ough hearing, fee listened to all sorts of per
spectivw on the matter and hedecided
to deprive (a poor woman) of an abortion
to perpetuate a form of religious discrimina
tion," Glantz said
"Congress has to be educated. Apparent
they feel it's OK to put a lot of tax money
into taking care of poor people but a much
less expensive meafcufe to honor a wbman'ST
decision to have an abortion is not OK," she
Jerome Chapmati, a commissioner with
the Texas Department of Human Resources
— the agency which administers federal-
funds for abortions —said he was awaiting a
telegram from the Department of Health,
Education and Welfare late Tuesday direct
lng how soon such funding will become
"I ASSUME WE WILL GO back to the system we used before the Hyde Amendment
and that is when a physician felt an abortion
was necessary, another physician was consulted and then the case was then taken to
our medical department for what was essentially a third opinion," he said. "We have
always been rather cautious about this."
Chapman said the matter could be acted
on by his agency's board of directors this
week through an emergency action.
DINNER PARTY GUIDE
Judy Chicago and Diane Gelon will
lead the Dinner Party Docent training
session Wednesday, March 5f in the
Developmental Arts Building at UH/CLC,
Training Session Schedule:
11 - Noon: Personal time with the
Dinner Party exhibit
Noon - 1: DP Orientation by Gelon
1-2: Docent procedures and
scheduling by Rema Lou
2 - 2:30: Questions/answers by
Jean Quataert and Brown
Everyone who wishes to be a
docent should try to be at this
session* Those who cannot attend
during the day will be offered this
training on a weekend date after the
openning of the DP exhibit. Gelon
asks that Docents be familiar with
the Dinner Party book and Through
the Flower, Chicago's autobiography.
It is hoped that docents will
be asked to work 3£ hours twice a
month after the openning.
For further information call
Rema Lou Brown, ^88-1896, or
Barbara Friend, ±1-88-9236 or 1*88-9237.