Lobbying for Reproductive Rights
Thirteen Houstonians went to Austin on
April 18 to lobby against the large num
ber of bills being c nsidered this session which would severly limit the
rights of women to choose abortion.
Included In the group were people from
Houston NOW, the ACLU, -ind four members
from Bay Area NOWi Marie Stimson, Jane
Feedback from Oklahoma N.O.W.
...letter to Dorothy Howard from
Nancy Manning, State Co-Coordinator..,
I've been so busy writing legislators
I've got writer*s cramp. We had, in
three weeks* time with the help of 3
field organizers from Nati nal, 35 phone
banks going. A blizzard of mail—3 to 1
in favor of ratifying the E. A.— turned
/hitsett and Judy Blanchard. round a number of votes, I'm told, but
not enough to win. So Sen, Pres. Pro Tern
Howard left it in committee rather than
risk open defeat. There it rests till
We s^ent the day takling to senators and
representatives ar their aides. In the
evening, we attended a hearing by the
House Health Services Committee on HB
IO63 (the infamous "Akr n Ordinance")
sponsored by Renresentative Bill Ceverha.
Pro-choice had twenty-two people prepared
to testify and our share of the time ran
out before any Bay Area NOW members had a
turn. We were impressively represented,
ho 'ever, by two doctors, two lawyers, a
cleargyman ^Bill Royster of A Uniting
Church), several women who work in abortion clinics and several other feminists.
I am far from depressed for at last we
are getting organized the way we should
be. I went to Stillwater and helped
organize a group the weekend before the
deadline to bring it out of committee.
Wo got great response. I can feel an
end to the apathy and see people speaking
out that weren't there before.
Next year I feel confident that we can
start earlier and work harder, now that
we know what to do, and we will push
The bill was sent to sub-committee, a move it through.
which can be viewed positively or negatively. On the posit*ve side, it could
have been a way to avoid voting on the
bill while letting it die a quiet death.
On the other hand, it could have been a
tactic to avoid action until the pro-choice
people were out of their hair.
So, the House Health Services Committee
will have to be watched closely. Write
to its members: Ezzell, Chairman;
Untermeyer, Vice Chairman; Whitehead,
barrientos, Gonzales, Grubbs, Simpson,
us$ to Bar Virginia Lawyei
I Upon leemir* that Miss Cord is not
married! to Jeffrey mm, (he baa with
whom she rftkrfe a horn* in rural Wan-en
County, Va.. a state judge refused to
issue the certificate of good moral character required for the exam
The Supreme Court said: "While
Cord's living arrangement may be uter-
thodox and unacceptable to some figments si the society, this conduct hears
no wmat connection to her fitness to
practice law. It cannot, therefore, serve
to denyfter the certificate.M
Miaa Cord is a graduate of Georg^ra
University Uw Center. $he wa* adtfft
led to theJGHstrict $ Columbia ba* in!97$
Miss Cold JWtfgi hr 1*72 to Circuit
Judge Duncan C. t»fbb for a character
and residence certificate. The judge appointed three lawyeri, all men, toirivaHJ-
£te her character. One advissd agaiast
t certificate, saying *&** Cord's living
>, April 20—An unmarried
, morally unfit to practice
! because she lives with a map
wt» is not far husband, the Virginia Supreme Com ruled unanimously today.
The riling involved Bonnie C. Cord, a
Stymrm*lawyer *r Hie Energy Deferment In Washington, who was deniT
arrangement would '
opinion of the bar as a whole.