Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 29, 1973 · Page 11
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 11

Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, June 29, 1973
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House 'Fetus Fad 5 Shows Penchant for Demagoguery Golesburg Register-Mail, Galesburg, 111,,- , Friday, Jufte 29, 1973 11 By HOWARD FIELDS The amendment was lacked WASHINGTON (UFt) - The onto another medical funding fiecent "fetus fad" In the House exempted Congress* pen* chant to drift into demogoguery ... and the eMecttveness of even a handful' of members in stemming <tlhe tide; Washington Window Demlogoguefy, by dictionary definition, is capitalizing on popular views and (arousing the pirejudiecs and passions of the populace to gain political influence. Twice in the past month the House passed amendments to spending bills to bar use of some specific igovernment funds for experimentation on live human fetuses, in what one member termed a congressional "fetus fad." On tlhe first test, the amendment passed 354-9 without a single voice raised against it in debate. It was the type of subject encrusted with "passions amid prejudice" which few experienced politicians like to oppose. Bella Takes Floor Even the manager of the bill, Rep. Harley 0. Staggers, D- W.Va., said he was sorry the amendment passed but "I voted for it because I did not want some demagogue to say I voted for experimentation on fetuses." Rep. Bob Eckhardt, D-Tex., was one of the few "noes." A month later, a similar amendment got 73 opposing votes to 288 ayes. bill on June 22. After its author, Rep. Angelo D. Roncallo, R* N.Y., explained to ia House which didn't want to hear how fetus heads were severed in a Finnish experiment, Rep. Bella Abzug, D-N.Y., took the floor. "There are in this country millions of women who have had (and continue to have miscarriages," she began quietly. Willih objectivity, "we can investigate how we can really preserve life so there would'hot be miscarriages and there would not be fetuses outside the womb of the mother ... All that this amendment does is to shackle scientific progress.' Moss Explodes The usually bellicose Abzug continued quietly: "The mention of the word 'fetus' is somehow or other a signal or a code word for everybody to stand up, every man and some women in this House, to say that we must vote in a way an emotional appeal indicates rather than on the basis of a rational analysis and a legislative approach." She said, "We should not seek merely to inflame and impas sion people instead of seeking to enact legislation of benefit to all humanity and mankind." Whereas Ms. Abzug spoke quietly, the usually soft-spoken but temperamental Rep. John E. Moss, D-Calif., exploded. He said the amendment "could stop some of the most promising methods of treating FIRE WORKS Saturday, June 30 9 P.M. Knox County Conservation and Sportsman Club Rain Date: SUNDAY, JULY 1 Members apd Invited Guests Only! illnesses: malignancies, strokes and heart disease." He said, "I believe it is the absolute ultimate of the ridiculous. I think it is shocking and offensive that thoughtful members of a body as great as this should so idly and unknowingly propose language which could create such great and grave mischief. "I think .it is time that we start looking at what we are doing and stop worrying about every last vote in every last precinct at home, because that is the motivation. Voice Rises Again "Stop and think," he shouted, his voice quaking. Moss yielded to a colleague for a moment and resumed, his voice much quieter. He told of being near death in 1967 and being saved by untested medi- icine. His voice rising again to a shout, Moss concluded, "I tell you this is an offense against [human life and against intel ligence. It is a shocking thing that is being proposed, and I hope the House will have the courage to turn it down." It didn't, but 64 more members than before voted against it. Family Reunion Chooses Officers Edward Anderson, Moline, was elected president ait the Lindsitrom - Carlson fofnily reunion June 24 ait 'Lake Storey. Other new Officers are Mrs. Paul Blixt, Galesburg, vice president; and Mrs. Max Jones, Galesburg, secretary. , Persons' amending the reunion were from Galesburg, Moline, Woodhull, Alpha ; and New' Wikiidisor. Mrs. George Swanson," [Woodhull, was the oldest person, 'present,: and Travis Coleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob-, jemt Coleman, Galesburg, was the youngest Nexit year's reunion "will be held the fourth Sunday in June at Lake Storey. SPORTSWEAR SELLOUT! Choose Wanted Fabrics: Polyesters . . Cottons . . Permanent Press . . . Knits in Great Summertime Favorites. KNIT TOPS 2".8'° Reg. to 13.00 Perfect Mix and Match Mates in Popular Styles. Sizes S, M ; L. SLACKS 5 ro -12°° Reg. to 18.00 Many Famous Maker Styles in Easy Care Fabrics, Stripes and Solids. BLOUSES Reg. to $15.00 Summery Prints, Solids and Stripes. 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