Proposal would drop confidential
sex-related help to teen-agers
Sunday, January 17/1982
© 1982, Denver Post
Teen-agers under 18 could no longer get confidential help fram
the nation's 5,000 federally assisted family planning clinics
under a regulation proposed by Secretary of Health and Human
Services Richard Schweiker.
The proposed rule would affect more than 675.000 sexually
active teen-agers who annually seek confidential birth control
help from clinics that get federal funds.
Family planning officials fear that the proposed loss of confidentiality could cut in half the number of teen-agers seeking
family planning help, provide a bonanza for abortion clinics and
ultimately increase the welfare roles through unwanted pregnancies among parents who cannot support children.
Under the proposed new regulation, a copy of which was made
available to the Denver Post, family-planning clinics would be
required to notify parents of children seeking help within 10 days
after the patients had received birth control devices or prescription drugs for treatment of venereal diseases.
The proposal, approved by Schweiker Dec. 21, has not been
published in the Federal Register, the journal in which changes
in government regulations formally are announced. The public
will have 60 days to comment on the new rule after publication,
and the agency then can adopt a final regulation.
A 1980 national survey of unmarried patients under the age of
18 found that 46 percent had not told their parents they were
seeking help at family planning clinics, according to Aida
Torrez, senior research associate at the Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York.
The institute, a privately funded corporation for research on
population issues, estimates that 400,000 unintended teen pregnancies were averted in 1979 because the clinics provided timely
advice and assistance in preventing pregnancies.
A total of 4.5 million women, 77 percent of them in the low-
income bracket — meaning a gross income of $125 a week for a
single woman living atone — visited family planning clinics
supported by federal funds in 1979. Fifteen percent of them —
675.000 — were under 18, Torrez said.
Language in the Schweiker proposal says it was designed to
implement an amendment to the Public Health Service Act.
passed by Congress last August. That amendment says, "To the*
extent practical, entities which receive grants or contracts
under this subsection shall encourage family participation in
projects assisted under this subsection."
Schweiker's plan would make parental notification manrlatn*
Exceptions to the mandatory-notification rule would be grant,
ed only in cases where a clinic director "determine* that notfy
fication would have adverse physical health consequences on Uatv
Threat to Teenage Health Continues
This outrageous proposal rules that federally funded clinics will close their
doors on teen-agers seeking confidential help and birth control methods. This
means that not only abortions will be greatly increased, but also that many
teen-agers will be forced into premature motherhood. This proposal is by now
published in the Federal Register and is open for public comment. Your
response is needed during the 60 day comment period after which Health and
Human Services will decide on its final regulation. A large public outcry
will influence their decision. Please contact Rossann Daumas at 924-5177
(10am-3pm) for information on where to send your written comments.
Reagan's new world
By Georgia Anne Geyer
■ The administration has made-1*
clear that it does not want the Equal
Rights Amendment. In this, as in other
areas of concern to women, it has worked quietly but effectively, tending to win
by omission, by holding back pressure
for action on women's issues and by appointing ulrraconservatives to key posts
that do the work for the White House.
■ Title DC, the crucial legislation thai
provided that educational institutions
could not discriminate on the basis et
sex. Is being allowed, like so many other
tilings, to wither on the vine. The administration has signaled to institutions that
they need not comply with Title DC; and
when there are no concerted pressures
from Washington for implementation,
legislation like this simply dies. This is
what Is happening with Title DC. «4]
■ Women who have struggled the test
decade-to reach higher levels in federal'
employment have been swept away in
extraordinary numbers by the job reductions under the Reagan admrnistratioit
Affirmative action for women is basically dead. Ironically, the big women's appointment — that of Judge Sandra Day
O'Connor to the Supreme Court — Tlas
turned out to be Just the kind of symbol:*
ic or token appointment that the Reagan
conservatives always criticized on the!
part of the liberals
■ The right to abortion Is being taken
apart piecemeal. And close to criminal
is the proposal now put forward by the
Department of Health and Human Serv
ices. The proposal, which is being seriously considered, would require parents
to be Informed when teen-agers under IS
request prescription birth control
Civil rights nominee
against ERA, gay issues
WASrHNGTON'(AP) - B. Sam Hart, nominated to
the U.S. Civil Rights Commission by President Reagan,
was quoted as saying he opposes the Equal Rights
Amendment and busing for school integration and doesn't believe homosexuals have a civil rights cause.
Hart, a radio preacher and owner of radio station
WtTS in Philadelphia, also said he agrees with Reagan's position that Congress, not the administration or
the courts, should deny tax exemptions to private
schools that practice racial discrimination.
Nominated Tuesday by Reagan, he spoke to the press
Wednesday at the convention of the National Religious
Broadcasters. Today's editions of The Washington Post
contained an account of his remarks.
"I am all for equal rights (but) I do not equate equal
rights with the amendment," Hart was quoted as saying. "I don't see the need for an amendment."
On busing, he said that while he supports school
integration, the government ''shouldn't force citizens to
do anything they don't want to do."
Hart said a better approach to desegregation is integration of communities by providing guaranteed mort-
ages at below-market rates to people of one race who
move into a neighborhood dominated by another race.
"I do not consider homosexuality a civil rights issue,"
he-said, adding that all expert opinion holds that
'homosexuals are not bom" but are the product of their
VI am black; I cannot change that. That's a civil,
rights issue," Hart said- A woman likewise may have a -
civil rights cause because she did not choose her gender,'
Homosexuals, ho waver r." have chosen a way of life,"
Hart said "They have to accept the consequences."
Asked if a homosexual has any rights, he replied: "He
has the right to live. He has the right to eat. The right to
work. The nght to live someplace."
Hart said, however, that homosexuals should be kept
away from children in order not to expose them to
environmental factors that might cause them to •become
Frat sign indicative of what keeps
women 'one step lower9than men
To the editor:
In response to Roger Geer's
letter (Cougar, Feb. rO),- as the
editor pointed out, Ms. Griffin's
ideas were in an editorial, not a
straight news story. In fact, the
title of the page is "Opinion," so
why shouldn't she or anyone else
use that column to give their
The "jugs" part of the sign
announcing the fraternity's party
was offensive to me and to many
women I've talked to. There's no
way of getting around it: when
"jugs" is used in that context —
jugs (of booze) — it implies
women's breasts. I don't think
men would appreciate jokes about
their anatomy, any more than
women enjoy being the brunt of
jokes. The men that make the
jokes usually don't understand
how they could be offensive. One
fraternity member and I were
discussing the sign and the letters
in the Cougar, and he said he
didn't think the sign was sexist. In
the same breath, he said, "Sex
sells." Unfortunately, that's true.
That seems to indicate a lack of
concern of whom the advertising
insults. I don't mean to imply that
all men make degrading remarks
about women or discriminate
against them. There are a lot of
men who actively support the
Feminist Movement. However,
many men don't understand why
women fed exploited because they
have never been exploited
The same fraternity had a
"bring your own bra" party a
week or two after the topless
party. That's just about as bad,
because the female body was still
the brunt of the joke. Somehow,
the only counterpart to that that I
can think of is a "bring your own
jockstrap" party for women, and
I think that's pretty disgusting.
Advertising and jokes like this
are what keep women one step
lower on the ladder than men. In
the Civil Rights Movement, no
one ever said to blacks, "Come
on, you can sit at the front of the
bus, be served here, go to school
here, etc. ' Blacks had to Tight for
the passage of the Civil Rights
Amendment, just like women are
having to fight for the passage of
the Equal Rights Amendment.
What is peculiar is that: the
majority supports the ERAi, but'
are generally apathetic about it, so
that the minority who oppose it
seem stronger than they really are.
The public must be made aware
of offensive advertising, especially
commercials depicting women as
being good only for washing.
men's collars and cooking supper.
Other offenses include women
being called "girl." (How many
men do you know are called
"boy?") Awareness will bring
about change, and that change
will be accelerated by the passage
of the ERA.
The following is the complete
text of the ERA: "Section- 1:
Equality of rights under the law
shall not be denied or abridged by
the United States or by any state
on account of sex. Section 2: The
Congress shall have the power to
enforce, by appropriate
legislation, the provisions of this
article. Section 3: This amendment shall take effect two years
after the date of ratification."
Without this, women do not
have any protection under the
Constitution. It's amazing that an
amendment so simple, so positive,
and so supported by the majority
of people, has not been passed
since it was first introduced in the
1920s. America is supposedly a
modern country, but 51 percent of
the population (women) have
fewer rights than the other 49
.'M Student and NOW member
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