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Sunday, February 26, 1984
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I C-4 METRO THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, -February 26, 1984 Chastity Called 'Only Answer' To Teen-Age Pregnancy BY CAMILLA WARRICK Enquirer Reporter The Idea is so old It almost sounds new. It's called chastity. It's one organization's solution to the escalating problem of teen-age pregnancy. Cincinnati's Couple-To-Couple League, the largest natural family-planning group In the country, Isn't peddling medieval devices or fishing for a quick laugh. " It Is quite serious when it asserts that abstinence is "the only answer" to adolescent pregnancy, an occurrence now affecting about 1.2 million girls a year. "THE IDEA of presenting chastity and chastity only Is novel," said the league's Information director Kevin Banet. "Other people say 'abstinence is great, but if it doesn't work, try this.' It's like putting candy In the mouth of a baby and saying 'don't eat It, But If you do, we'll make sure it won't hurt you.' " Four months ago, after spending nearly $30,000 and two years on production, the league released the main tool of its chastity program-a 26-mlnute color slide show called "It's the Springtime of Your Life." Aimed at a mixed audience of seventh to 12th graders, the program outlines 17 reasons why abstinence should be considered preferable to Intercourse. Banet said he was "quite surprised" to be greeted by protesters when he took the program to its public debut a month ago at Cincinnati's Environmental Protection Agency building. About 10 women, he said, some dressed like punk rockers and some sporting pink hair, jeered and catcalled through the presentation, until a security guard requested them to leave. BUT DESPITE that ihaky premiere, the league hai old 28S of the 196 elide sets and hopes to sell up to 1,000 by year-end. Its main market has been among Catholics, Banet said, but is beginning to attract Protestant groups. He sees no reason why it couldn't have a secular audience as well. "This should rewrite the book on sex education in public schools," he predicted. But other people Involved in family planning aren't so sure. While they may admire thd league's goal, some professionals say it may be impractical and too simplistic, i "Everyone has been trying to persuade teen-agers not to have sex for the past several decades, but it's not been spectacularly successful," said Asta Kenny of the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a research organization based in Washington, D.C. At the same time, she sees the Couple-To-Couple League's efforts as part of a "big national trend" of promoting chastity and even using "several million dollars a year" In federal funds to advance the cause. KENNY SAYS there is no question that adolescent sexual activity has increased. By the late 1970s, 12 million (or about 42 ) of America's 29 million teens had experienced intercourse. As sexual activity rose, so did pregnancy. However, according to Kenny, teenage births actually declined nationally from 656,000 a year in 1970 to 560,000 a year in 1980. But the Couple-To-Couple League Is opposed to abortion and convinced that contraceptives don't work. "Promotion of contraceptives among teens only increases sexual promiscuity, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and abortions," said Banet. "If we could eliminate all federal funding of contraceptives, you'd see an Immediate drop In out-of-wedlock pregnancy and abortion." But Ann Mitchell, executive director of Planned Parenthood Association of Cincinnati, argues that that is not true. "There's no valid study that shows that (use of contraceptives Increases pregnancy and abortion)," she said. "No matter what they say, it doesn't exist." v - HOWEVER, SHE agrees that there's "no 100 sure way of not getting pregnant, except abstinence." And she says that every counseling program should include that fact. Dr. Marianne McGrath, associate director of the adolescent clinic at Children's Hospital, has no doubt that absti-nence is the best state for teen-age health and well-being. But she recognizes it solely as a goal, not a condition that could currently prevail, and she believes that contraceptives should continue to be available to teens. Disarmament Activist To Talk Peace At UC BY KATHLEEN McCLAIN Enquirer Reporter When Rick Newberger visits American college campuses, his anti-imperialist, pro-revolutionary views don't always draw large audiences. But he says they generate interest in a growing movement for world peace. Newberger, 26, is in Cincinnati to discuss his experiences as a member of the "For a World Without Imperialism" contingent that spent two months In West Germany last fall demonstrating against the deployment of U.S. Pershing and Cruise missiles. HE SPOKE at Newport's punk-rock Jockey Club Saturday night and has planned stops at area high schools and colleges. His prlhcipal appearance will be at a panel discussion Tuesday sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Students for Disarmament. Newberger will be on the program with peace activist the Rev. Maurice McCrackin and Dr. James Titchener, co-chairman of the local chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. The discussion will be at 7:30 p.m. In Room 411 of UC's Tangeman University Center. "With college students, usually I'm received with Intense interest," said Newberger, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade. "But it's not the majority of people on campus who attend these things. . "In high schools, people are asking, 'How are we going to deal with world war? How can we stop it? How near are we to changing the system?' People are enthusiastic. They are very pleased to know that a situation exists where things are moving so fast." NEWBERGER SAID the World Without Imperialism contingent was a loose-knit group which included a meteorologist, a 15-year-old Southern pacifist, a Catholic llberatlon-theologist, a 40-year-old Hawaiian woman and an assortment of punk rockers and II ' it n" 'in liiii - r RICK NEWBERGER . . . protested in West Germany "proletarian youth." The label "American" is not one he applies to the group, although all 30 protestors were from the United States. "We all agreed that we were deserting U.S. warmongering and going to the European front lines," Newberger said. "Our slogan was 'For a World Without Imperialism, Not an Imperialist World War.' " Newberger said the fact that the missiles were deployed in West Germany in spite of massive protests has not deterred the contingent. "I think we contributed to the struggle in the sense that we made people realize that (missile deployment) is a world Issue. It's not just a matter of protecting the German way of life." Although the contingent is not affiliated with other peace groups or anti-nuclear organizations, Newberger said members "went over In the spirit of a lot more people .. . people who are beginning to understand that world war is an outgrowth of imperialism. Police Shoot, Kill Escaped Bull After Chase A bull which escaped from a West End meatpacking company was shot and killed Saturday by Cincinnati police. According to police, the bull escaped from an open pen Inside the slaughter house at the Robert L. Runtz Meats facility, 2124 Bay-miller St., about 9:30 a.m. Police gave chase as the bull rambled north on Baymiller, south on Central Parkway, east on Findley Street into a wooded area. It then went north on Clifton Avenue and north again Into another wooded area. The bull was finally corraled along Peete Street In Mount Auburn, police said, where officer Harry Thomas fired one shot from about 15 feet into the animal's left shoulder, killing it. j , -fm f turn $ " n 71 ;f mg- : fvfo , ill 1 1 ii' i iliii ! i ii 1 '. F4 mmm DERAILMENT: Dwight Gale, 54, Smyrna, Tenn., was unhurt when his tractor-trailer jackknifed and slid along railing on the Brent Spence Bridge Saturday night. Police said Gale, a driver for Interstate Transport, was heading south along Interstate 75 in the left lane when he veered right, and struck a small a car driven by Norman Hill of North Avondale. The Cincinnati EnquirerMark Treitel His rig then almost jumped the railing, sending a section of steel to Mer-hing Way below. Police charged Gale with improper lane change. Hill, his wife and their two grandchildren were unhurt. "If it hadn't been for seat-belts," said Mrs. Hill, "we wouldn't be here today." Southbound traffic was halted for at least two hours. Hamilton County Inmate Found Hanging By Sheet A 22-year-old inmate apparently hung himself in his cell late Friday at the Hamilton County Community Correction Institute (CCI), county officials said. Elvln Moser, whose last known address was 310 W. McMicken St., was found hanging in his single cell about 11:40 p.m., said Victor Carrelli, Hamilton County Sheriff's chief deputy. . Carrelli said after Moser was placed in his cell at 10:30 p.m., he apparently took his bedsheet, tied it to a bolt above the cell door, and killed himself. Deputies, upon finding the man, phoned paramedics. Moser was then taken to the Hamilton County morgue about 1:25 a.m. Moser entered the jail, 3208 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington area, Dec. 29, 1983, for felonious assault, Carrelli said. At the time of his death, Moser had served 57 of his 180-day sentence. Carrelli said the Incident is still under investigation by the sheriff's department. Deaths Harry David Culler, 67, of Green Township, died Friday at Providence Hospital. He retired in 1979 from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department after 30 years. He had served Under Sher-iffs Dan Tehan and Lincoln Stokes. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a World War II veteran, a member of the Cheviot Eagles and the Cheviot Elks. He Is survived by his wife, Aurella Graf Culler; a son, Ronald Culler of Cincinnati; a daughter, Kay Culler of Cincinnati; two sisters, Mary Campbell and Jessie Pank; a brother, Paul, no addresses available, and three grandchildren. Services, 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Re bold Funeral Home, 3770 Glenmore Ave., Cheviot. Visitation, Monday 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Special services by the Carson Lodge number 598 F&AM at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Burial In Arlington Memorial Gardens in Mount Healthy. Orville Girten, 77, of Riverside, died Thursday at St. Francis-St. George Hospital. He is survived by Jiis wife, Gladys Hess Girten; two daughters, Vera Stalger and Virginia Gourley, both of Cincinnati; four brothers, Ed, Roy, Fred and Harold Girten, addresses not available; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services,. 10 a.m. Monday at the 'Vitt and Stermer Funeral Home, 4619 Delhi Pike. Visitation, 3-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial In St. John's Cemetery in Delhi Township. Bargain CONTINUED FROM PAGE C-l membership card because I want to be involved in the bargaining process.' "That says to us that we are doing something right out there." Arthur L. Evans, director of the CWA Council of Public Workers in Columbus, said his union is actively recruiting new members among state corrections department and youth workers as well as university employees and transportation workers. His goal: 50,000 new Ohio members. BUT THERE are obstacles to that kind of success. Competition with other unions is complicated by a need to educate potential members about how labor unions work, he said. "The Job is difficult, I think, because of the lack of sensitivity and understanding of the impact of the trade union movement. We're facing a real education and Information situation . . . but we don't have the luxury of educating, then recruiting. We have a collective bargaining bill that takes effect April 1. We're doing our best to do these things simultaneously." Evans said CWA is depending on "grassroots" work with direct mall, telephone banks and Job site visits to attract new members. He's matter-of-fact about criticism from other union chiefs who say CWA has no historic Interest in public sector employees. "We were In fact in the telecommunications Industry, that is the base of our organization." he said. "But 15 years ago we did what private business does we diversified. We reached out and found another market." EVANS SAID problems In the public sector are no different that those In the private sector. "Very candidly, new members strengthen the national organization financially, so they can do better work. The definition of the labor movement Is that it doesn't exclude anyone." Dick Loy of Dayton, a 40-year-veteran of union organizing activities, Is director of the Teamsters' Ohio campaign to attract public sector workers. He also serves on the state Public Employees Advisory and Counseling Effort (PEACE) commission, which is charged with educating employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under the new collective bargaining law. In both capacities, Loy said he discovered "a great deal of misunderstanding about employees' rights under the law." He anticipates legal trouble to result in situations where public sector unions have "locked employees into contracts without their knowledge" and where consultants have set up "workers' councils which are, in effect, in-house unions." LOY IS not specific about workers the Teamsters have targeted, but he doesn't mince words about charges from other unions that the Teamsters have no place In the publi : sector. "If I were those people, I'd be very ashamed of what they've done to date In the public sector. Some of them have been collecting dues for years and they've never had a collective bargaining contract. I would question what's happened to all that money." Loy said he was very pleased with the reception Teamsters are getting around the state. "We're not collecting dues, we're organizing Just as we would in the private sector. We're organizing people, not politicians." ' Teachers have been organized In many schools districts for years, but unions are reaching out to unaffiliated workers in vocational school districts, Board of Mental Retardation schools, colleges and universities. THE OFT, traditionally strong In Cincinnati and other urban areas, has added staff and established a special statewide organizing campaign. The OEA, which has been most effective In county and suburban school districts, recently changed Its by-laws to admit not only teachers but r bile school secretaries, bus drivers, maintenance u id cafeteria workers. OEA, with 2,500 new members this school year and a total of 80,000 members statewide, has size on its side. According to communications director Wil-, liam Martin, it's the biggest public employee organization in the state. AFT relies on what Cincinnati federation president Tom Mooney calls its aggressive approach and its established reputation as a pioneer In collective bargaining for teachers. , Martin said he doesn't think the collective bargaining law will change things greatly within the educational system. "Throughout Ohio, we have been negotiating," he said. "The few school districts that don't have formal bargaining rights undoubtedly win wunin a iew hiuiiuis or years. The legal cloud some districts have tried to keep over emDlovee f groups will be lifted.' Consult CONTINUED FROM PAGE C-l Maloney said the county Initially hired the consulting firm for a seminar on collective bargaining under the new law, then decided on the retainer arrangement. "We in county government have never had any contracts of significance with labor unions, or to my knowledge, any negotiations or collective bargaining as such. We didn't have anyone on staff to look to for advice." IT'S IMPOSSIBLE to estimate" the cost to the county of consult-. ing services over a period of time, Maloney said, "but It's going to be significant." The cost of complying with the collective bargaining law is Just one of Dusty Rhodes' objections to it. ' Rhodes, chairman of the Delhi Township board of trustees, blasted the law for upsetting employer-employee relationships and creating hidden costs to the taxpayers. "We have had to contract with a law firm and we're tying down some of our own people screwing around with this thing," he said. "Personally, I think it over-complicates-something we're never really had any problems with .'. . It's something that makes government more expensive." Rhodes said the township paid a law firm an initial fee of $7,000 to ensure the accuracy of any contracts that might result from negotiations with the township's 25-30 road workers and police department employees. . "THAT'S MONEY that could fix a pothole or provide a basic service, and it isn't going to be there anymore because we've got a, law that mandates more bureaucracy." Harold Freeman, a labor lawyer with the firm of Dlnsmore & Shohl, said the complexity of the collective bargaining law has sent many employers to attorneys for help. Clients' questions vary with their circumstances. "Some already know that labor organzlations are trying to organize their employees," Freeman said. "Others are Just afraid that they might." TRUSTEES IN Springfield Township did Just that, according to trustee Carl Abel. They also skipped the expense of consulting fees by signing three-year contracts with road workers and police deparment employees last December. Abel said the contracts included average annual pay raises of 7 and spelled out Job descriptions, disciplinary measures and grievance procedures. The early sigh-off means the trustees won't negotiate new contracts under the collective bargaining law until 1987. Forrest Buckley, president of the Cincinnati Firefighters' Union, objected to the three-year pacts signed by some public workers In Springfield, Colerain and Green townships, complaining that they were intended to circumvent the new law. "COLLECTIVE bargaining is not one side saying, 'Here. This is what we've got. We want you to sign,' " he said. Sue Cain and Lois Wilson agreed. The two women have worked for eight years to win recognition of the Professionals Guild of Ohio's local union for teachers at Hamilton County's Board of Mental Retardation schools. They see the consulting process as a final obstacle to bargaining with their supervisors. Cain said consultants from Clemans, Nelson recently took teachers out of classes for a series of fact-finding meetings designed to provide information on employe ee concerns to school administrators. Classes were disrupted, she said, and consultants completed their survey without asking about the guild, its goals or the status of its organizing efforts. SOME QUESTIONS about the collective bargaining law will have to wait until after the April 1 effective date, said John Boyle, chairman of the Public Employees Advisory and Counseling Effort (PEACE) commission. PEACE is the seven-member state board appointed to educate employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under the law. first must have ,the set of rules which will determine how the law is applied in specific situations. The rules-whlch have yet to be approved-are the responsibility of the State Employee Relations Board (SERB). "We're waiting for SERB to pass its rules," Boyle said. "They will be the keys to what unions and management want to know ... If somebody comes to me now and asks whether they should pay $250 to go to a seminar on the collective bargaining law, I tell them not to go yet. Until the rules are passed, they'll only be getting half a seminar." . Maloney the county administrator, said it might be five years or more before the law "shakes down."

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