The Oneonta Star from Oneonta, New York on March 11, 1969 · Page 2
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The Oneonta Star from Oneonta, New York · Page 2

Oneonta, New York
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Tuesday, March 11, 1969
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2 Oneonta Star Tues., March 11, 1969 New grounds for abortion listed by state committee By BRUCE B. DETLEFSEN ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A legislative study committee steered away from so-called abortion on demand as it unveiled Monday recommendations it hoped *ould gain enough support to enable more women to get legal abortions in New York State. "We limited ourselves to those compelling situations which af- lect the physical- and mental well-being of the mother," Sen. Norman F. Lent, R - Lynbrook, told a news conference in outlining the attempt to liberalize the .stringent, 86-year-old state law on abortions. The Joint Legislative Committee on Public Health, which Lent ·heads, called for five new grounds for legal abortions, ·which would be performed by a licensed physician in an accredited hospital. Lent gave the proposed measure a 50-50 chance of passage in the Senate. Assemblyman Albert H. Blumenthal, a long-time advocate of abortion reform, told a reporter he was confident the bill would be passed in his house. The volatile issue was in the limelight as both houses dealt ·with relatively minor bills in floor action. Lent told reporters he was not certain when the new abortion 'measure would come up tor a vote by the full Assembly and Senate. It was sent to the Senate Health Committee, which Lent also heads, and the Assembly Codes Committee, whose chairman is Prescott B. Huntington, R - St. James, Long Island. Huntington is opposed to all bills for abortion reform introduced in this session. · He reiterated his opposition Monday and told a reporter "we're not going to rush this." Huntington said his committee probably would discuss the new measure this week and next, thus ruling out a vote on the bill in the Assembly until well into next week at least. At present, abortions can be performed in the state only when the woman's life is endangered by continuance of a pregnancy. The legislative study group proposed that they also be permitted when: -- The pregnancy resulted from first-degree rape, that is forcible rape, or incest. --There is substantial risk that the pregnant woman's physical or mental health would be impaired. --The expectant mother is unmarried and less than 16 years old. -- The new - born child p T rob- ably would be grossly mal- formed or have such serious abnormalities as to be incapable of ever caring for himself. -- The pregnant woman was declared mentally disabled or incompetent. Lent said he believed these steps would greatly reduce the number of illegal and "botched" abortions being performed without adequate safeguards against harmful effects. In its report, the committee specified that it did not approve the suggestion that abortions be permitted "on demand." "The fetus," the study added, "should not be destroyed in the absence of compelling circumstances involving a victim'of the events of conception or involving the actual or useful life of the pregnant female." The abortion-on-demand position is associated with Assemblywoman Constance Cook, R Ithaca, who says the present law on abortions should be repealed. Mrs. Cook commented on the issue in a news-panel interview shortly after the Lent study was unveiled. She said she would vote for the new measure, since that would be "better than the present situation." In answer to a question, Mrs. Cook conceded that sh« had little hope her bill would get out of the Codes Committee. Cornell officials released by students, unrest grows ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- Three .Cornell University officials won their release Monday from a brief student-imposed imprisonment by agreeing to send recruiters from the Chase Manhattan Bank off the campus. About 150 student and non- student demonstrators, members of the local Students for a .Democratic Society (SDS) and the Cornell Afro-American Society, blocked the officials' exit from a campus office as part of an hour's protest against the i bank's supposed investments In 'theUnion of South Africa. The bank, representatives were asked to leave the campus by Mark Barlow Jr., vice president for students affairs. He said he was acting "under duress." - "They said we couldn't leave the office," asserted . Elmer Meyer Jr., assistant vice president and dean of students. ".That is why the decision was made under duress." Meyer, Barlow and Lowell T. .George, university proctor, were kept in an office they had entered to speak to the three recruiters. . Students entered the offices in Mallott Hall, where the recruiters were interviewing, through the front door, which they unlocked, and by s m a s h i n g through a rear service entrance. They disrupted the interviews by keeping up a stream of commentary protesting the bank's involvement with South Africa and that country's official policy of apartheid, or racial segregation and political and economic distriction against non-Europeans. · The bank representatives had seen about 12 of 45 students who had signed up for interviews when- the demonstration erupted. Cornell has an enrollment of about 13,000. The recruiters, Barlow said, left the campus as soon as thtey were asked and then checked outt of their hotel and left town. Barlow said disciplinary action would be taken against the demonstrators. The Cornell Sun, the student newspaper, identified two of the demonstrators as Jeffrey Dowd, son of a Cornell professor, and Eric Evans, a senior from Chicago who precipitated an incident Feb. 28 which resulted in Cornell President James A. Perkins being briefly grabbed by the collar during a symposium on South Africa. Evans and others had criticized their school because they believed it had investments in South African securities. It was learned over the weekend that the school had disposed qf all its Soutth African invesments on Jan. 29. Meanwhile, student unrest continued at several other campuses throughout the state. At Wagner College on Staten Island, about 400 of the 3,000 enrolled students picked campus buildings to protest a tuition hike. The students also insisted on greater student participation in school affairs. The protest was a continuation of a similar one Friday and, like Friday's, was peaceful. The students also were demanding that the privately-operated college re-evaluate its affiliation with the Lutheran Church, put more full-time Ph.D.'s on the faculty and a reevaluate faculty salaries. The proposed tuition increases would raise the cost for each credit hour from $50 to $60 this year and to $65 next year. An administration-student meeting was scheduled to discuss the demands. A hunger strike at the Bin hamton campus of the State University went into its sixth day Monday but with seven fewer students than the 35 who began it. The students are demanding amnesty for three students penalized for their role in a protest Dec. 12 against Marine Corps recruiting on campus. An ad hoc judiciary board gave Feb. 14 the three a semester's forced leave of absence, beginning at the end of the current semester. University President Bruce Dearing, commenting on the fast, declared Friday that "amnesty is not a negotiable matter." One girl dropped out of the hunger strike Thursday when she became ill. Six others left Sunday on a doctor's advice. At the University of Rochester, members of the Black Student Union claimed victory in ttieir campaign for more Negro involvement in the school's operation. They called off their week-long occupation of a campus building. About 40 members of the group seized the two top floors of the Frederick Douglass Building March 4. 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The CSEA had been designated by Govi Rockefeller as the sole bargaining agent for a unit of 124,000 of the state's 154,000 workers and was negotiating on that basis before PERB split up Ihe employes into five'bargain- Ing units. The board then ordered that the talks between the CSEA and the state be broken off. State Supreme Court upheld PERB, and the CSEA appealed to the Appellate Division. Judge Ellis-J. Staley, writing the opinion, said: "At this juncture of the present proceedings, the Board dees not have the power or authority to issue the order restraining negotiations ..." The decision was unanimous. Rockefeller since has agreed to reopen negotiations with the CSEA, along with the organiza- tion's chief rival, Council 50 oK It should be revlewable," the Amerlan Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes, AFL-CIO. The two unions are to submit their contract proposals by Friday. 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