M N GOP Ratform Does Little for Women By ALAN BERLOW Telegram's Washington Bureau WASHINGTON—Few of the delegates to the Republican Party convention are aware of it, but the platform they approved does very little to address women's issues. Interviews with worrien delegates at the convention found that they were generally pleased with how their party's platform handled issues relating to women, although few had read the platform and most were unaware of any but the most controversial planks—specifically abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Party platforms are generally not taken terribly seriously, at least not for very long. They rarely bear much resemblance to the actual projects of an administration, and frequently take stands in such general terms that they prove innocuous, and only occasionally offend segements of the party. , But while the platform concocted by the GOP in Kansas City was palatable to the largely conservative body of women attending the convention, it has not been so easily digested in other quarters. ' Arlie Scott, a director of the National Organization for' Women (NOW) called the . Republican Party Platform "a real step backwards" because of its failure to get beyond debate of the ERA— which ironically, has been a part of the GOP platform since 1940 — because of its somewhat two-faced position criticizing the Supreme Court decision on abortion while stopping short of favoring a constitutional ban on abortion. "It's like kindergarten to have to start with the ERA in 1976," she said. Audrey Colom, director of the National Women's Political Caucus and a GOP delegate who supports the platform, acknowledged that the squabbles over ERA prevented the party from making significant progress in a number of areas. , _ .But .Colom saidQha sucx " cessful ~ERA "figTir"• was "pivotal" and that the strategy of the Republican Women's Task Force—an adjunct of the Women's Political Caucus—was to fight to keep ERA in the platform, hoping other issues would fall into place around it. She and other women ob- platform also proposes conservers said the ERA fight solidating 14 child nutrition programs and offering the states a single block grant and the influence of the Reagan-dominated right wing of the party prevented further rather than aid for each in- gairis. "I recognize the dividual program. According limitations of the platform in to Colom, "the states know terms of progressive better the needs of people in thinking," Colom said. "But I their areas," and block grants think we got everything we will force activist could have,! 1 in light of con- organizations to mobilize servative makeup of the locally rather than in delegates. The women's caucus and NOW both support direct federal aid for child care facilities. The Republican Organizations on Children and platform, however, addresses Youth view the consolidation only the child care needs of proposal with alarm. They say middle and high income it gives the states the option of families, proposing tax credits discontinuing programs, for working parents who particularly those directed at Washington to make sure their needs are met. Child care groups here such as the National Council of choose to place their children in child care facilities. segments of the population the states have ignored. Accor- According to Scott the ding to this line of reasoning, a proposal "Doesn't help the state agency could, for women who need it the most." example, discontinue its Jane McMichel of the nutrition program for infants women's caucus was more and pregnant women or its blunt. "It only helps the rich," program providing subsidized she said. Colom said the ERA meals for day care centers of battle prevented her group orphanages—programs sup- from being more aggressive porters say are meeting needs without regard to geographical location. The GOP platform is also viewed with trepidation by women concerned with health insurance and jobs. on the child care question. While a.major theme of the Republican Party is that the middle class has been taxed hardest and has received the least in federal aid supporters of direct federal child care assistance argue that the poor will be unable to take advantage of child care tax credits because they have no taxable income. In addition, they . say, without child care it will be more difficult for a poor mother to get work, thereby exacerbating the current high employment rate among women, particularly poor women. Similar complications are seen arising from GOP proposals on welfare reform. The party opposes federalizing welfare, a proposal that is included in the Democartic Party platform. The Republicans argue in their platform that the states know best when it comes to meeting the needs of their poor residents. The Democrats point to wide .discrepancies .among., the import controls as the answer to unemployment. Arguing that inflation, rather than jobs, is the number one concern, the GOP attacks the Democratic Party's public works employment bill as a "make-work" program that would provide only a temporary stiumlus to the economy. ' NOW supports the Democratic jobs bill, as do some members of the Women's Political Caucus. "Women, like minorities, are the last hired and first fired," argued one caucus member. Caucus director Colom, on the other hand, sees reduced government regulation as the answer to jobs because, she says, it would allow private industry to hire more people. She added, however, "I'm not sure there is much evidence" the private sector will be able to solve the unemployment problem. The GOP opposed the Democratic Party plan for National Health Insurance, arguing that private insurers should be encouraged to provide health insurance to "those who do not have it." Women and health advocates The Republican platform sees less government spending and regulation and some Fire Destroys JC Warehouse If JUNCTION CITY, Kan. J. (AP) — Fire destroyed a large storage warehouse near the center of downtown Junction City Sunday night. The fire was discovered by a policeman around 8 p.m. and took more than four hours to bring under control. Firemen were pouring water on the debris at daybreak today. There was no immediate estimate of the loss. Fire Chief Bill Ritter said the damage would be heavy. A number of businesses had goods stored in the warehouse. Only a few managed to salvage anything. The.one-story building, cov- Page 13 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, Sept 1,1976 have argued, however, that leaving the future of health insurance up to the private sector will perpetuate the present system under which maternity benefits and gynecological care excluded from most politics. One indication of how little progress the GOP women's task force was able to make on the final platform was evidenced in the emphasis its members placed on "language" they succeeded in getting in various planks. While the platform makes no specific proposals on estate tax and social security reforms to benefit women, according to Colom, the mere mention of these problems will be significant "when legislation comes out of Congress. 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