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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 10A New Braunfels January Jon rulin Ten years debate still rages WASHINGTON AP It began with an unmarried known only as Jane who was too poor to leave Texas to end her unwanted So she stayed home and gave Then she challenged the state law that outlawed the abortion she would have Jane Roe didnt know it when she went to but she was setting off a social earthquake that is still shaking America 10 years It was a decade ago that Justice Harry a meticulous con servative from used Jane Roes appeal to write the Supreme Courts majority opinion legalizing He said it was a nowin and he was Since the courts by a 72 was announced American women have had 10 million lawful abor In recent the rate has been one abortion for every three Statistical studies indicate that before American women underwent to 1 million illegal abortions The rancorous legal and moral debate over the issue continues unabated a decade later in church editorial the halls of even in the White House Oval Letters by the tens of more than the Supreme Court has gotten on any decision before or have descended on the Most of them are and most are addressed to He still gets eight or 10 letters a day ignoring the advice of his he reads them Blackmun says hes been called a Butcher of a Pontius a King Herod who murders innocent Blackmun told a television interviewer in 1974 that the decision he wrote will be regarded as one of the worst mistakes in the courts history or one of its great a turning He never doubted it would be highly He somewhat We all pick up Ill carry this one to my Janet director of the American Civil Liberties Unions Reproductive Freedom said it was the most important decision in Supreme Court history for They no longer are criminals for controlling their own she On the other side the prolife side is Nellie She has organized a 22 march on Washington every year since 1974 to protest the Its pure and she Abortion means killing Blackmuns in 52 pages with 67 focused on a womans con stitutional right to He said that included the right to end an unwanted The opinion at the same that states have legitimate interests in protecting health and potential To balance those competing state and individual Blackmun crafted a remarkable formula that reflected his background as an honors student in mathematics at Harvard University and chief counsel for the Mayo the renowned medical center at The formula embodied in his opinion was this A womans decision to have an abortion in the first three months of her pregnancy must be left to her and her The states can require only that medical procedures be carried out by a licensed The states may through varying forms of to protect a womans health only in the second trimester of They may not take steps to protect the life of the fetus until the final three Justice Byron in a dissenting opinion for himself and Justice William said The court simply fashions and announces a new con stitutional right for pregnant mothers with scarcely any reason or authority for its invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion Antiabortion forces thus far have failed in their attempts to undo the 1973 Two measures aimed at achieving that goal one by amending the Constitution and the other by declaring a fetus a person have foundered in National opinion polls indicate that most Americans support abortion In an Associated PressNBC News poll last 77 percent of the people responding said they agreed with the statement that the decision to have an abortion should be left to the woman and her If the antiabortion movement represents a it is a vocal and active minority that has kept the issue on the Supreme Court A succession of cases has required the justices to decide whether proposed state and federal regulation complies with the 1973 Each new case un derscores the commitment and zeal of the people on both sides of the In trying to finetune their 1973 the justices have since Ruled that states cannot give husbands of pregnant women veto power over the abortion nor can they give absolute veto power to parents of any unmarried Said states have no legal obligation to pay for nontherapeutic Reaffirmed their intention to give physicians broad discretion in deter mining the fetal or the time when a fetus can survive outside the mothers The states may seek to protect a fetus that has reached the court but that determination is up to physicians and not courts or Said the federal government and the states have no legal obligation to pay for even medically necessary abortions sought by women on Mideast talks Lebanon contacts Syria about simultaneous troop withdrawal Lebanon AP The government opened a new round of contacts with Syria Saturday in attempts to bring about simultaneous withdrawal of Syrian and Israeli forces from this em battled Mediterranean Lebanese leaders also held daylong talks with presidential envoy Philip Habib and his Morris on ways to accelerate withdrawal talks with Habib then shuttled back to At the same Christian and Druse Moslem militiamen battled with artillery and rockets in a cluster of mountain towns east and southeast of collapsing an Israelisponsored There was no immediate word on casualties in the renewed fighting in the Aley and Chouf regions where more than 90 people have died in hostilities since In Syrian President Hafez Assad pledged to support Lebanon in its efforts to regain sovereignty over its entire territory but warned he would not allow Israel to reap political or military gains out oT its Lebanon A government spokesman in Damascus said Assad made his position clear in a threehour conference he held with Jean a special envoy of Lebanese President Amin Obeid traveled to the Syrian capital earlier Israel must withdraw from Lebanon without achieving any gains and without dictating any conditions that would infringe on Lebanons sovereignty and territorial Assads spokesman quoted him as An earlier Lebanese government statement said Lebanon was in the process of establishing contacts with Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization parallel to the withdrawal talks with There was no word whether Obeid met with any PLO officials during his Damascus The PLO maintains between and guerrillas behind Syrian lines in northern and eastern Thousands of other guerrillas were forced to evacuate Beirut in two months after Israeli forces invaded Lebanon on June 6 to smash the On the Syrians attacked the compromise agenda that broke a threeweek stalemate in the LebaneseIsraeli withdrawal The compromise listed top items to be discussed as ending the 34 yearold state of war between Israel and Lebanon and with drawal of Israels invasion State to review nursing home HOUSTON AP Texas Department of Human Resources officials are studying an agreement that allowed a Texas City nursing home to plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient and will decide whether a contract with the owners should be But an attorney for the Autumn Hills Convalescent Centers of Houston called the review Roy the departments deputy com missioner for said staff attorneys were examining the contents of the plea bargain and would decide if the contract should be We expect within a few days to have a recom mendation to the Westerfield To my weve never had a case of this particular nature If the commission withdraws its Westerfield the Autumn Hills corporation could not care for patients whose care is subsidized by Medicaid Austin lawyer Roy who represented Autumn Hills in the plea said it would be I think all theyre going to do is get themselves in federal Minton Autumn Hills pleaded no contest 27 to one count of involuntary manslaughter in the 1978 death of a patient and paid plus in court to Galveston In the state dismissed 38 murder in dictments returned against the corporation and eight former and current employees in connection with the deaths of eight patients in 1978 and Visiting State District Judge Larry Gist approved the proposal to allow the corporation to plead no contest to the involuntary manslaughter Gist deferred a final judgment for 10 saying he planned to monitor the cor porations activities during that Parachutist dies in filming CALIFORNIA AP The death of a skydiver during filming of a movie about the original NASA astronauts will not affect the projects a film executive said The Joseph of died Friday when his parachute failed to open during the last shot for the The Right The remainder of the film based upon Tom Wolfes book had been finished since said Alan Ladd president of the Ladd The movie is basically completed Ladd adding that he didnt think it would be necessary to reshoot the icene in which Svec speaking by telephone from San said the movie will be released by Warner as scheduled in It stars Sam Scott Dennis Quaid and Barbara Svecs parachute apparently failed during a leap from feet above the Mojave Desert near Edwards Air Force about 120 miles northeast of Los The scene called for Svec to tumble out of control down to feet and then deploy his parachute as a skydiving partner filmed the according to Bob manager of California City But at neither parachute who also is a skydiving trainer and a parachute had said Friday that Svecs main and reserve parachutes appeared to be okay when inspected after the The scene was to be a reenactment of an actual incident in which famed test pilot Chuck Yeager bailed out of a plane with his helmet on Phelps said a smoke device attached to Svecs helmet had but Svec ap peared to be conscious during the fatal Ladd said Saturday authorities still did not know the cause of the Svec was an officer in the Parachute Association with more than He was not a movie Last July actor Vic Morrow and two southeast Asian children were killed during filming of a fiery Vietnam war sequence on the Twilight Zone A lowflying helicopter was crippled by specialeffects 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