The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 4
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Afl SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2001 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T ABdRTION DEBATE Rivals he2^ up debate on campus Sheriff negligent in murder case Factions of abortion debate make college stiJclents prime targets ',By The Associated Press At the rate of a campus a day, ;the .president of the National ^Organization for Women has • been touring colleges for 'weeks, spreading the message ;that abortion rights are under siege: . :; 'Over the. same span, abortion foes have displayed graphic 6:by-18-foot signs at four state •ijniversities in the CarOlinas, 'depicting aborted fetuses and Holocaust victims. To organizers of the Genocide Awareness Project, abortion is systematic miass murder. As rival forces in the abortion debate weigh the effects of 'the Bush presidency and prepare, for expected battles over ^Supreme Court nominations, 'college students have become a prime target of mobilization efforts. ' - Abortion-rights advocates believe that many college-age women — born after the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling legalized abortion nationwide — need to be jarred out of complacency Several major groups are cosponsoring an "Emergency Action for Women's Lives" rally Sunday in Washington and hope to draw many students. "Men and women in my generation have largely taken reproductive rights for granted," said Victoria Steinberg, 21, a Harvard senior who has co- chaired a campus abortion- rights group. "With a second Bush in office, students my age are afraid for the very first time that they will lose these rights if they don't raise their voices," she said. NOW's president, Patricia Ireland, has met with students on about 30 campuses in the past month, warning of actual and possible moves by the Bush administration and Congress to limit access to abortion and birth control. "They are so shocked when they learn some of the details," Ireland said. "I want them to think of these as fundamental rights that, when threatened, need to be defended." Gregg Cunningham also wants to shock students. He hopes their jaws drop when they see Genocide Awareness Project photographs showing bloody, aborted fetuses. "Once these pictures are in your head, you can't get them out," said Cunningham, who oversees the project as executive director of the anti-abortion Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. The display — which also depicts victims of the Holocaust, racist lynchings and Rwanda's genocide — has toured more than 30 state university campuses since 1998, including the recent swing through North and South Carolina. Freedom of speech Private colleges can ban the exhibit, but Cunningham's group has been allowed access to state universities, in part by threatening to sue for infringe­ ment of freedom of speech. Cunningham said he cannot gauge nationwide campus sentiment on abortion, but believes many students read his group's literature. "This is an opportunity for us to have some influence as these kids are deciding what they think about important issues," he said. A like-minded organization. Missionaries for the Preborn, also has been exhibiting pictures of aborted fetuses on campuses. One anti-abortion activist was sprayed with red paint by a University of Iowa student during a confrontation April 6. Some campuses are more receptive to anti-abortion messages than others. Liz Dahl, news editor of the University of Eastern Michigan's student newspaper, said there is an assumed abortion-rights consensus on campus that inhibits students with different views. "There's a silent minority of people who are pro-life who don't feel comfortable voicing their opinion," she said. By The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's Supreme Court ruled Friday that a former sheriff was negligent for not protecting a cross- dressing woman whose rape and murder were dramatized in the movie "Boys Don't Cry" In a scathing opinion. Chief Justice John Hendry ordered that the victim's mother be awarded $80,000, plus damages for emotional distress. The decision reversed a rul- , ing by a lower-court judge, who had awarded just $17,360. That judge said 21-year-old Teena Brandon, who posed as a man and went by the name Brandon Teena, was partly responsible for her own death. In 1993, Brandon reported to the sheriff that two friends of hers had raped her after learning her true gender. About a week later, the two men killed her in a Humboldt farmhouse. Columbine marks 2nd anniversary of attack LITTLETON, Colo. — Holding-hands and wiping away tears, about 350 people marked the second anniversary Friday . of the Columbine High tragedy by listening as the names of the 13 people gunned down by two students were read aloud. During the brief service at a park near Columbine, school of- •ficials asked the crowd to remember that the attack does not define the school or its students. Relatives, friends, survivors and students walked past 13 6- foot wooden crosses temporarily-erected in a parking lot in honor of the victims. "It's just a time to remember," Chris Bernall said, paus- ingat a cross bearing the name of his sister, Cassie. "I've moyed on. I've had a sense of peace about it, knowing where Cassie is. She's up in heaven." Kennedy cousin case can proceed STAMFORD, Conn. — A judge ruled Friday there is enough evidence to try Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel for murder, de­ spite questions about the credibility of a key witness who admitted using heroin. Skakel, 40, is accused of beating Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley to death with a golf club on her family's estate in 1975. Both were 15. After a two-day hearing, Superior Court Judge John F. Ka- vanewsky Jr. ruled there is enough evidence to proceed, citing testimony by two witnesses who said Skakel confessed in the late 1970s while attending Elan School, a Maine treatment center He also cited a potential motive — Skakel had a romantic interest in Moxley — and testimony that placed Skakel at the crime scene. Finally; the judge cited testimony that a golf iron of the same make used in the murder was found in the Skakel home. No trial date has been set. IVIississippi towns brace for high water DAVENPORT, Iowa — High school students piled off buses and onto riverfront sandbag lines as the rising Mississippi lapped 5 feet from the top of a temporary levee. The river isn't expected to crest until next week in Davenport — the only major city on the upper Mississippi without permanent flood-control structures — but forecasters say it could rise an additional 4 'A feet before then. 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