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    emerald
Vol. 82, No. 11
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Tuesday July 22, 1980
Thousands protest draft registration
Photo bv Dennis Tachibana
Thousands of draft registration protestors marched at the downtown Eugene branch of the U.S. Post Office as
registration began for 19- and 20-year-olds Monday.
Women blast GOP stand
By RICH BRUER
Of the Emerald
The platform adopted during last
week’s Republican Convention was
a hit with party conservatives, but it
didn’t score any points with a
number of University women.
A crowd of more than 30 people,
mostly women from the University
law school, protested several con
troversial planks in the GOP platform
in front of the Lane County Repub
lican Party headquarters Thursday
afternoon.
The demonstration was intended
to show a concern “about the
Republican stance on human
rights,’’ said Pam Schultz, a law
student and an organizer of the pro
test.
Specifically, the group was pro
testing the Republican Party's
“exchange of an equal rights
amendment for an abortion amend
ment,” Schultz said. “It’s not a fair
trade."
Schultz said she became upset
when convention members failed to
include a plank supporting the ERA,
but instead included a call for a
constitutional amendment outlaw
ing abortion. The action represents
“a giant leap backward" she said.
The Republican platform declares
ratification of the ERA is “now in the
hands of the state legislatures” and
simply acknowledges “equal rights
and equal opportunities” for
women. This is the first GOP
platform since 1940 that has not
supported a women's rights amend
ment.
Schultz said she felt the
demonstration would be the most
effective way to show local Repub
licans that the party platform is not
acceptable to many people, and the
GOP is losing party members bec
ause of it.
Most of the women protesters vote
for individuals rather than party, but
many have voted previously for
Republican candidates, Schultz
said. “But we have stopped doing
that now,” she added.
A leaflet prepared by the protes
ters urged those “who share our
concern over this attack on women’s
rights. . to let local and national
Republican candidates know that
they will not be elected at the ex
pense of these rights."
From inside the headquarters
Jean Vanderhoff, vice-chairer of the
county Republican Party, said she
supports both planks and did not
wish to join the protest.
“I just feel our state is doing a fine
job of putting equal rights into effect
(without the ERA),” Vanderhoff said.
“I choose my occupation as a
homemaker and a wife. I don’t feel
my rights are suppressed.”
"The thing that disturbs me is the
breakdown of the family,” said
Vanderhoff, a mother of two. She
said the ERA, which she believes will
not pass, wants to make men and
women equal but they are very dif
ferent.
“I am not the same as my
husband. I do not want my
husband’s role.”
Vanderhoff said she would be
concerned about the effect of such
role confusion "on my little boys
when they grow up.”
In addition, Vanderhoff said she is
“absolutely against abortion." Peo
ple should be proclaiming "save the
babies" instead of "save the
whales,” she said.
Although she is not ready to
classify abortion as murder, “it is
destroying a life that God made,”
said Vanderhoff, who says she is a
born-again Christian. Before abor
tions were made legal in the United
States, "you didn’t have to wait two
to three years for a child to adopt."
Vanderhoff’s statements drew
sharp criticism from Schultz. “How
does she think she is where she is
today, without the many courageous
women before her who made things
happen?”
The county Republican Party will
hold platform hearings Friday at
Harris Hall, and public comment is
welcome, said Jim Hanks, party
chairer.
Schultz said she will attend with a
prepared policy statement.
By MIKE RUST
Of the Emerald
Once again, all systems are go for draft registra
tion.
A stay issued last Saturday by Supreme Court
Justice William Brennan blocked a court order barring
the registration program.
A federal three-judge panel in Philadelphia had
ruled Friday that the planned registration was uncon
stitutional because it excluded women. The ruling was
prompted by a nine-year old suit against the federal
government.
In staying the ruling, Brennan said that failure to go
ahead with registration could endanger U S. military
capability. But if the lower court's ruling is upheld next
fall by the full Supreme Court, the registration lists can
be ordered destroyed, he said.
If registration is upheld, men born in 1962 will
register next January, and the following registration will
be ongoing. The Supreme Court never has issued a
ruling on sex discrimination as it applies to conscrip
tion.
Local opponents of draft registration say they were
not surprised by Brennan’s action.
“It wasn’t totally unexpected by us,’’ says Allan
Siporin, coordinator of the Eugene-based Coalition
Opposed to Registration and the Draft.
Siporin says the CORD’s plans for the next two
weeks have not been hampered by the eventful
weekend.
"We feel that the government’s plan is to lead us to
war, with or without registration. The demonstrations
are to show citizen disapproval of government action.”
But a Selective Service statement emphasizes that
“President Carter has called for registration; he has not
called for a draft.” Congressional approval is required
tor reinstatement of the draft.
A CORD-organized demonstration against the draft
took place yesterday at the downtown post office, and
more demonstrations are planned for next week.
In addition to the Philadelphia case, the American
Civil Liberties Union has filed another anti-draft suit that
Naomi Bonnilla of the ACLU's New York office de
scribes as “similar" to the earlier case.
While Bonnilla says “nothing’s happening” with
the ACLU case, the suit possibly may be combined with
the earlier case and sent before the Supreme Court this
fall.
A clerk to Brennan has indicated this will happen,
Siporion says. The ACLU case is “more extensive. It
goes into age discrimination as well as women's
rights,” he says.
Although a precedent-setting decision could be
handed down at that time, Siporin says he is not looking
forward to it.
“I’m not optimistic. With this conservative court,
we’re looking at a major setback for human rights in this
country.”
The stay of Friday’s ruling was the result of a
request by the Justice Department. Brennan was
vacationing at his summer home in Nantucket Island,
Mass, when he issued the stay.
The Justice described chances of the full court
sustaining his ruling as “fair.”
The plaintiffs had claimed they may suffer “ir
reparable harm” if they are required to register under a
law that later may be found unconstitutional.
Brennan rejected their claims, citing both potential
damage to military strength and the "considerable
resources” already expended by the government for
registration.
Wire service reports quoted the plaintiffs’ attorney,
Donald Weinberg, as saying the stay was “not the
important question to us" because the constitutionality
of the act still remains in question.
The plaintiffs are not filing a motion to vacate the
stay. Instead, they plan to wait until the full court takes
up the case.
In their ruling against registration, the three federal
judges said the idea that “women can contribute to the
military only as volunteers and not as inductees," is
unacceptable.
Whether the possible unconstitutionality of
registration will affect the number of men who register is
still unclear