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12A SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 1992 THE TIMES 1 PROTEST Abortion rights march to focus on Gtection Pro-choice: Many feminists consider rally their last chance to stop reversal of Roe vs. Wade. By ROCHELLE SHARPE Gannett News Service , WASHINGTON Sigma Phi Epsilon at Tufts University planned to hold its spring formal this weekend until it heard about the pro-choice demonstration in Washington. ; When the fraternity brothers in Medford, Mass., learned of the National Organization for Women's plans, they voted to postpone their dance. "I didn't want to keep any of our dates from attending," said Keith Halpern, a fraternity member who plans to join the rally. Many feminists consider the Sunday march their last chance to stop the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe vs. Wade. Two weeks before the court hears a case it could use to overturn its historic 1973 decision making abortion legal nationwide, hundreds of thousands are expected to descend on the nation's capital to show their support for abortion rights. The massive rally is officially designed as the kickoff for the feminists' 1992 election campaign, but many say they hope the demonstration will convince the justices not to take any dramatic action. Their ruling is expected this summer. "Even though the Supreme Court is supposedly not influ enced by this, we don't believe it," said Donna Puluka, president of New Jersey NOW. "The justices are human beings, not robots." In many ways, the march is similar to the pro-choice march in 1989, when more than 300,000 people demonstrated here before the court issued its ruling in the Webster case giving states more authority to regulate abortion. Again, movie stars will walk with politicians, homeless people and mother-daughter teams from across the nation. Again, women will be dressed in white to commemorate the suffragists who demonstrated for the right to vote decades ago. And once again, there will be anti-abortion graveyards and pro-choice memorials scattered along the march route: to commemorate aborted fetuses and women who have died from illegal abortions. But this time, the event will have angrier tone and a more political focus, NOW leaders say. "A lot of things have happened since 1989," said Jane Schnall, a march organizer, citing the William Kennedy Smith rape trial and Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Justice Clarence Thomas. "Many people are more concerned and find the situation more drastic." With the upcoming elections, feminists hope, to channel the anger by convincing women to work in pro-choice campaigns and perhaps run for office themselves. "Women have a chance to change where they are," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Abortion-rights rally Here's a look at "We Wont Go Back! March for Women's Lives," a march and rally sponsored by the National Organization for Women in Washington on April 5: White Houm 1 I RoiiIa of Marr.h I fl. , , .m 1 I '-L' u ' v v ii s.w-: fidK VS M Capital Tt&U ft..1 ViU I P - k T Inctopenctenea Av. yy V 5ZS 10 a.m. Sunday Assembla lor abortion-rights march Abortion-rights raiiy area 1:30 p.m. Sunday Anti-abortion demonstration rally H When: Assembly at 1 0 a.m.; march begins at noon. Marchers: Movie stars, Including Jane Fonda, Cybill Shepherd and Polly Bergen, will march with the group. Delegations from more than 500 high - ? schools and colleges will participate, as will groups from homeless shelters, the Justice Department and apartment buildings. Speakers: Illinois Senate candidate Carol Moseley Braun is scheduled as the only politician to speak - even though the march is billed as an election kickoff. NOW leaders say they want the politicians to listen - from the audience - to the ordinary women across the nation who have been denied access to legal abortions. Pledge: Marchers will be asked to sign a "Declaration for Women's Lives," and pledge to engage in acts of civil disobedience if Roe vs. Wade is ' overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Source: GNS research Fund for the Feminist Majority, noting that filing deadlines have not yet passed in 20 states. "It's very immediate gratification." Despite the march's political theme, only one politician is actually scheduled to speak at the rally: Carol Moseley Braun, the Illinois Senate candidate who surprised the Democratic establishment by beating incumbent Sen. Alan Dixon in the primary last month. Nearly every pro-choice politician including presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Jerry Brown wanted to speak, Smeal said. Because the groups were unable to accommodate everyone, she said, they singled out Braun, who could become the first black senator in history. Braun won her race, in part, because Republican women crossed party lines and voted for Stephen Conley, Gannett News Service her. For the first time this year, Republican women will come as a delegation to a pro-choice demonstration. "We want to send a message to the president that 68 percent of all Republicans are pro-choice," said Mary Dent Crisp, who chairs the National Republican Coalition for Choice, which wants to eliminate the anti-abortion platform from the Republican party. ;.. Many women will hand out leaflets for the formation of a third party of feminists: The Twenty-First Century Party. After the rally, there will be a kickoff for the new party, which has tentatively scheduled a convention for August. Women also will start making plans at the rally for how they will respond to the Supreme Court decision. Feminists will be T CONGRESS Bills could triple red ink WASHINGTON (AP) Despite rhetoric about the need to cut the budget deficit, House members have introduced spending bills that could triple the red ink to $3 billion a day, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation said Saturday. If every House bill introduced since the 102nd Congress took office in January 1991 were enacted, federal spending would rise by $793 billion a year, according to the private research group. Passage of every pending Senate bill would cost $443 billion. But no member expects to see all his or her bills become law; only a small percentage are enacted. Bills often are introduced just to fulfill a campaign promise, serve as the focal point of debate, or enhance the sponsor's chances of in-, fluencing whatever compromise bill finally emerges. Nevertheless, the foundation insists the disparity between the number of spending-increase bills and spending-cut bills is so great that it has to affect the government's financial condition. In this Congress, for example, there have been 713 bills to increase spending and 108 to cut spending. The dollar disparity is even greater, the group says. In the House, for example, spending increases would cost $815 billion; the spending reductions would save less than $23 billion. All that would be on top of the $1.5 trillion in spending that President Bush has proposed for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. That budget would result in a record deficit projected at $399 billion. "In the House, 75 members would like to increase spending by more than $200 billion," David Keating, president of the foundation, told reporters Fri day. "The typical member proposes a $15-billion-a-year increase." Keating and foundation Chairman James Dale Davidson, who favor less spending, found one reason for cheer r T T MILITARY Pentagon studying Guard, reserve heavy bomber force Cost cutting: Barksdale could benefit. By DENNIS CAMIRE Times Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Heavy bombers, such as B-52s and B-lBs, could be assigned for the first time to Air National Guard and Air Force reserves as the Pentagon studies ways to cut costs while not losing its military punch. Air Force and Air National Guard officials say transferring some heavy bombers to reserve units to use in conventional, non-nuclear roles, is under study. If the transfer happens, bases where B-52s and B-ls now are stationed such as Barksdale Air Force Base could benefit, said Air National Guard officials. One benefit: Bases that face future closings could find the new mission helps them stay open. The motive behind the plan is to save money as the Air Force tries to reduce its size by about 25 percent over the next five years. The Air Force, which is revamping its organizational structure for the post-Cold War era, may indicate its decision in a new "bomber road map," expected to be presented to Congress this spring. Maj. Andrew Bourland, spokesman for the Air Force, said a scheduling conflict forced postponement of a meeting with lawmakers this week on the "road map." It is unclear whether the Air Guard and reserves would be given a new heavy bomber mission. Air Force Secretary Donald B. Immediate availability is the main thing you sacrifice, and you sacrifice the ability to station them overseas. Brig. Gen. Donald W. Shepperd Deputy director for the Air National Guard 9? Rice told a Shreveport delegation last month that some B-52s could be used by Guard and reserves for conventional missions. But Rep. Jim McCrery, R-Shreveport, a House Armed Services Committee member who was at the meeting, said he "got the impression" Rice's comments were "just something that had been talked about in the Pentagon more than ... something that had been reduced to position papers or analysis." While questioned last month about the possibility of transferring a B-l squadron to the reserves, Rice again said the bomber issue was under study. But, he said he believed long-range missions would be difficult for reserve forces to accomplish. Brig. Gen. Donald W. Shepperd, deputy director for the Air National Guard, said the Guard has studied carrying out a heavy bomber mission and other new missions. "We can do the B-52 mission; the same thing for B-ls," Shepperd said. "We think we can do the conventional mission very well." The active-duty bomber force has 97 Bis, 95 B-52Hs and 41 B-52Gs. The Air Force hopes to add 20 B-2 Stealth bombers. The service also plans to retire its B- 52G models, used for conventional bombing, by the end of next year. Although the Air Guard had medium bombers in the' early 1950s and flies fighters, air refueling tankers and transports, heavy bombers would be a first for the service. Shepperd said a decision was made in the mid-1940s to keep the then-forming Air Guard in small airplanes, which were less complicated and needed less in base construction. But in the 1970s, the Defense Department developed a "total force" policy and set about converting reserve forces "from an old hand-me-down backup force ... to a modern, capable, well-trained force that could be used quickly, although still in a backup role," Shepperd said. That has put the Air Guard into newer and more complicated aircraft, such as the KC-135 refueling tankers, and the units have shown they were able to fly and maintain them, Shepperd said. Although the Air Guard has the capability to carry out the heavy bomber mission, the task would have to be tailored to the availability of part-time people and take into account other considerations, Shepperd said. Head-on collision kills seven people HERMANN, Mo. (AP) Five adults and two infants were killed Saturday in a head-on collision of two automobiles. A third child was severely injured. Sgt. Curt Mathews of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said one of the cars was traveling north in the southbound lane when the collision occurred near Hermann, about 70 miles west of St. Louis. Police don't know why it was in the wrong lane, he said. ; Three men, two women and two infants were killed, Mathews said. The injured child was listed in critical condition at a Columbia hospital. 1 SUNDAY FEAST DAUGHTER STEAK & SEAFOOD 797-1445 823 Brook Hollow ' (Next to the Auto Mall) JUST ARRIVED 150 Patterns Bold Designs Bright Colors Best Service Free Wallpapering Class IstTues. 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