State and local laws requiring parental consent, intimidating counselling sessions, excessive waiting periods and
generally singling out women, who seek abortion for harassment are passing all over the country. Waiting for the courts
to strike down these laws takes too long and has an uncertain
risk. It is better to prevent the passage and enactment of
In conclusion to Yvonne's speech, below is a recent article
about her, and an article taken from our National NOW Times.
Working in a lab where the extraordinary is the ordinary is what makes Yvonne Broach's job interesting.
"We never know what type of chromosome arrangement we will see," said the assistant chief medical
technologist in the cytogenetics lab. "Leukemia patients
undergo a battery of tests, including a bone marrow
specimen. We culture the bone marrow and grow cells.
Then we look at the chromosomes for abnormalities."
There are some established patterns for chromosome
abnormalities in leukemic diseases, but not all the
specimens fall neatly into a pattern. "Sometimes all we
are able to say is that the arrangement is abnormal,"
she said, "It may belong to a pattern sequence that we
don't yet know about. The discovery of the patterns is
relatively new, so it is probable that there are many
others we won't detect until we have a much larger
Broach has a master's in genetics. "During my work
on the master's, I got interested in cytogenetics. There
was no formal program in it, so I read everything 1
could and attended any lectures on the subject. When I
got out of school, I took a job in cytogenetics to get experience and some on-the-job training."
In that job, she did get the experience, but the routine
of the work made her look for something more challenging. "The specimens in that lab were rarely abnormal. It
was extremely rare to come across the kinds of things we
get here every day."
Broach and her co-workers do the cultures on all
leukemia patients in the clinic and hospital. "We do the
tissue culture, photograph the specimen and then do the
karyotypes of the chromosomes," she said. It is in the
karyotype, an arrangement of the chromosomes in descending order by their size and shape, that the technicians
are able to detect abnormalities.
Away from the lab. Broach is active in the Gulf Coast
chapter of the Association for Women in Science. "The
organization is open to women in science at all levels
and encourages them to enter the field and their advancement in it," she said. To encourage young women
to enter the field, Broach often speaks to high school
classes and other groups.
She also is a past president of one of the Houston-area
chapters of the National Organization for Women
(NOW). "I guess I've been a feminist from an early
age," she said. "My interest in science isolated me in
some ways from other women and strengthened my
beliefs for equality for women. Houston has an active
feminist community and I've enjoyed working in it."
Her special interests include the Equal Rights Amendment and women's health issues. "I think there is still a
lot of education to be done on both issues," she said.
In what little spare time there is, she enjoys jogging,
playing the piano and going to the movies, especially
science fiction. She admits to sitting through five sci-fi
movies in one day, "although it's not something I'd do
again real soon." D
TOUl Bradeil (Taken from National NOW Times)
A Father and Sen. Helms
I have been wondering whether to
tell you a personal story that seems to
me to have general implications. This
is one of those sad family stories that
normally you don't find fathers talking
about in public, or even very much
with close friends.
But I picked up the newspaper the
other day to read that a Senate committee had voted to abolish payments
for abortions for the poor, even when
the pregnancies are the result of rape.
Now this was not a question of
cutting the budget. Abortion costs for
poor women who are raped do not
amount to a large sum Rather it was a
question of morality. Republican Sen.
Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and
the Moral Majoirty, which follows him
around, are convinced that abortion is
wrong even when the woman who
wants one wants it because she has
So I don't think it will be very long
before Jesse and his friends are going
to come after the unpoor
In this instance, I am not very comfortable about being unpoor. I object
to what the Senate committee did. But
I have the human instinct to object
even more strenuously when I reason
that, by the same standard with which
the senators dealt with the poor, they
will shortly deal with me.
So let me tell you my story.
A few years ago one of my daughters
attended an enormous Fourth of July
celebration at the Washington Monument. It was a free show with fireworks
and flags and entertainment, and,
according to the newspaper account,
the large crowd behaved well.
But as my daughter strolled alone
off the Monument grounds and en
tered a side street, a car rolled up next
to the sidewalk. Three men emerged
from it, seized her roughly and. before
she could do more than utter a half-
stifled cry, put her into the back seat
where two more men held her to the
She was tied, gagged and taken to
a house, the location of which she
cannot now identify. She was kept in
the house for the rest of the night
during which time she was repeatedly
beaten and raped.
The next morning she was blindfolded, driven back to the Monument
grounds and shoved out of the car
Eventually, sometime about midday,
she made her way home.
During the time she was gone,
there was, of course, a great deal of
worry and anxiety at that home. And I
must confess, anger.
Her arrival was followed by various
interviews with policemen who tried to
be helpful to a hysterical girl. But
couldn't be. Because the hysterical
girl could only estimate the time she
had been in the car, describe the
inside of a house and sob out some
meaningless first names.
That's really the end of the story.
Except, of course, that within a very
short time, my daughter knew that
she was pregnant.
Now I would like to ask Sen. Helms
what he would do if he had been the
father of the girl. I know what I did. And
I can promise the senator and the
Moral Majority and all the shrill voices
of the Right to Life Movement, that no
matter what law they may pass and
how stringent the penalty, I would do it
1981 Los Angeles Times Syndicate