The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 7, 1997 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 7, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1997 A7 T ABORTION Few take look inside abortion clinic Lawmakers say tour .won't change their -stands on abortion By TRACI CARL The Associated Press ' •• WICHITA — Mary Compton •-•': spent Monday afternoon as • '' "Susie," a 38-year-old Arkansas woman whose fetus had a gaping • -hole in her skull and whose brain was growing outside of the r \ibaby girl's head. f ' Compton, a member of the ' 'state House of Representatives, " signed consent forms for a late'" 'term abortion, learned about the ••'• 'procedure and — at the end of '"•'••the day — held pictures of the dead baby and cried. ' • "I just felt for her all the • 'time," Compton said of her as'' signed patient, a real woman -'Who had visited Tiller earlier this year. ;•'-'• Six years after thousands of 1 '' anti-abortion activists spent -•' weeks camped outside his clinic during the "Summer of Mercy," George Tiller decided it was time for lawmakers to know what went on behind the thick j;concrete walls and high fence of ^Women's Health Care Services. On Monday, six state repre- . sentatives — three men, three women — took Tiller up on his offer. Each was assigned a former patient, whose profile was ,,. based on real information, ex; ,lcept for the name and in some ^,,,cases, the hometown. '] { ,i Tiller, one of the few doctors P -who perform late-term abortions, ,'i" pas survived an assassination at- v ^tempt by an anti-abortion activist. ..,-,'His clinic was bombed in 1986. ,',' But the recent legislative push to limit late-term abortions ,."; prompted him to show lawmakers what happens when women come ,:, to him pregnant with babies who ' have severe abnormalities. In '- v( Kansas, babies cannot be legally 'aborted after viability unless the baby is severely deformed or to save the life of the mother. The experience didn't seem to change the minds of the legislators who participated. ';' Compton, a Republican from Photos by The Associated Press Members of the Kansas Legislature and journalists sit In a waiting room listening as Dr. George Tiller talks about his abortion clinic In Wichita and what goes on Inside Its doors. Dr. George Tiller talks to lawmakers about his clinic. Fredonia who supports a woman's right to abortion, said she came to the clinic because she saw an opportunity to know firsthand what happened there. All 165 legislators were invited to the clinic, but only a handful had scheduled appointments for Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, the two other days tours were available. Rep. Brenda Landwehr, a Wichita Republican who brought a Catholic priest on her visit, said she wanted to keep an open mind. Other anti-abortion lawmakers had told her they didn't think they could come on the tour. Although she was glad Tiller offered it, the experience didn't change her mind. "I walked in pro-life and I'm planning to leave pro-life," she said. Tiller performs about 3,000 abortions at the clinic each year, 200 to 250 of which are for fetal abnormalities. From Jan. 1,1989,. to June 30,1997, Tiller has seen 1,274 patients for the fetal abnormalities abortion, which is something he specializes in. Of those abortions, the largest number were done at 27 weeks. Most of the patients had a college education, 77 percent were white and 80 percent were married. The majority of fetal abnormalities — 43 percent — dealt with the central nervous system. The second-largest abnormality is genetic at 19 percent. The abortions usually take about four days. The child is given an injection of digoxin, and the baby dies. Then the doctor inserts laminarias, match-stick like pieces of sterilized seaweed that expand in the cervix. Labor is induced and the woman has a miscarriage. Late-term abortions cost $4,000 between 24-28 months, $5,000 between 29-32 months and $7,000 after 32 weeks. The family can choose to have the baby cremated at the clinic's crematorium or have the baby buried. The mother can hold the dead baby after the procedure, have it baptized or take pictures of the family with the fetus, all to help her and relatives deal with the loss. The anti-abortion clinic expects to begin offering medical exams, such as sonograms, and alternatives to abortion by March. It plans to show patients videotapes of a healthy baby and offer a graphic video of an abortion, followed by grisly scenes of disembodied baby legs, heads and hands. STUDENT ACHIEVERS South High debaters place in tournaments Debaters from Salina South High School have placed in several tournaments and have massed a 40 percent win-loss record with 27 wins and 41 losses so far this season. Taking third in the novice division of the Concordia High School tournament Saturday were sophomores Phuong Vu and Austin Little. The team of freshmen Jeremiah Grider and Jonathan Me Williams finished eighth. At a tournament on Sept. 19 and 20, Curtis Shephafd, a senior, won a fourth-place speaker award. Shephard competed with teammate Jaime Gustason in the open division of a tournament at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka. Central High debate students place Debate students from Salina Central High School have placed in recent tournament action. Emily Ikenberry and Amy Turner won fifth at a novice tournament at Derby High School on Sept. 27. Ben Alsop and John O'Hara took fifth at Trinity High School on Sept. 20. Jason Regnier and Justin Meier finished 10th in the championship division at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka on Sept. 20. -, Sacred Heart starts debate program After a three-year break, students in Sacred Heart Junior-Senior High School are competing again in debate and defeated some big schools at a tournament Saturday. j Sacred Heart is one of only 14 Kansas 1A schools, the smallest classification for high schools, to have a competitive debate program. Despite being a first-year program, the school has one of the largest 1A squads, with 12 students. At a tournament Saturday at Wellington High School, Sacred Heart was the smallest school among 40 teams. The school's team, which had no prior debate competition experience, upseft teams from Derby, Maize and Chaparral. The students were Jim Hull, Levi Bowles, Andy Gilsdorf and Mark Molstad. '.", From Staff Reports T SALINE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION proposed road rules draw fire '(-'•.', • —• Some say cost would be so high it would TJSter building in county ly "SHARON MONTAGUE The 'Salina Journal '>'••• Saline County planning commissioners have tried to discourage peo- jjlg,from building homes on dirt "roads in isolated areas, allowing •zoning changes only if people agreed to .upgrade dirt roads to gravel. Afeoposed new minimum road .Standards would make such development darned near impossible, said Chester Peterson, a member ,df the planning commission.' • •-, ''People won't be able to afford it/ Peterson said. County commissioners have ig-u&en preliminary approval to the standards for dirt, gravel and ;paved roads. Planning commissioners Monday night held their first public hearing on the issue; another public hearing is to be held in November. " Planning commissioners and Dana Morse, 2655 Daley, former bounty administrator, were concerned about the cost of building to the proposed standards. Morse noted that if a developer were required to upgrade a mile of joad at his proposed development, •the county couldn't afford to improve the roads leading up to that section. Jerry Fowler, county public works director, said the standards were proposed to improve the Christian Court ineets in cafe gy The Associated Press _ • ^ TOPEKA — The so-called Chris- lia'ji court, an offshoot of the Kansas Territorial Agricultural ,$o"c.iety, left the Statehouse Monday after finding its planned meeting room closed and no benches or chairs available for a hallway county's road network. No county gravel roads meet the proposed minimum standards, Fowler said, and the county won't begin reconstructing all roads to meet the standards. The standards would apply only if the county was reconstructing a road or upgrading it from, say, dirt to gravel. If a landowner requested that a road be upgraded, he would pay the cost. The standard that generated the most discussion was that for gravel roads. Currently, Fowler said, county standards call for the application of 10 tons of gravel per 100 feet. The new standards call for the application of 45 tons of gravel per 100 feet. That gravel would be mixed with three inches of soil to form a base. Fowler estimated it would cost between $30,000 and $45,000 to construct a gravel road to that standard. Fowler said he could appreciate the fact that many people wouldn't be able to afford such an upgrade. But he said the county's maintenance costs could be greatly re-, duced, and safety would be enhanced. Planning Commissioner Robert Holgerson said he was concerned that such rigid standards would make building on a dirt road too expensive. Morse said the proposed standards would be a great burden on developers and on the county. Also Monday night, planners: • Agreed to recommend to coun- ty commissioners that about 19 acres on North Hedville Road a quarter mile south of Armstrong Road be rezoned from agricultural to agricultural residential. Charlie Walker plans to divide the land into six building lots. Dave Smith, who lives south of the proposed development, was concerned that sewage lagoons would be used, but Morse said lateral fields were planned. Smith also was concerned about the types of houses that would be built on the lots. • Agreed to recommend that county commissioners declare about 350 feet of Stimmel Road west of North Kipp Road along the Smoky Hill River a minimum maintenance road. The site has been cleared at least twice by the Saline County Sheriffs Office because it.had been used as an illegal dump. Two people have been arrested for dumping there. If access were controlled, commissioners believe the illegal dumping would stop. TO the Salina Journal ADAMHEALY 2075 S. Ohio, Suite 7B 823-7713 For auto, home and life- Being in good hands is the only place to her at flic BuwMb... About a dozen members of the -group said they planned to take their meeting to a Topeka restaurant. •i>- The group met in the Old "Supreme Court Chamber in August, gaining notoriety when it "Indicted" a federal judge. It was prevented from using the chamber for" its September meeting by the Legislative Coordinating Council. It met instead in a Statehouse hallway and "indicated" Gov. Bill Graves for not having what it con- sideif a proper oath of office. This pied piper routine just isn't cutting it. Maybe I should have gone to Just Ask Rental and picked up a live animal trap. When it comes to all your rental needs Just Ask Rental has just what you need. MENTAL 2106 S. 9th andak>0 S. Ohio * Muu-Fri 7:30-8:30 Sat 8-6 Sun 10-6 In a random survey of 300 USD #305 adidt residents, telephone polls and mail-in surveys were used to find out how Salinans learn oj^information concerning the Salina public schools.. 1 , ' t '•>'),•''' 't >-, ' Here's wjiat f ,ygy said,,. • Source of Information Newspaper Friends/ Family Students/Children Radio Television Teachers PTA meetings Percentage polled by phone 64% 29% 26% 12% 10% 10% 4% Percentage polled by mail 92% 60% 58% 57% 30% 62% 27%

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