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VOLUME 52. ISSUE 20 ' NiWW WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 23. 1991 The Signpost WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Supreme Court likely to side with old pro-life law ABORTION DEBATE: Pennsylvania law could be reinstated in new appeal to the conservative court. WASHINGTON A Pennsylvania abortion law struck down by the Supreme Court in 1986 but resurrected by the state's lawmakers three years later stands an excellent chance of winning the high court's approval now. The law imposing various regulations on abortion was upheld Monday by a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Abortion rights advocates must decide whether to seek review from the full appeals court or appeal directly to the Supreme Court. Even an appeal to the full 3rd Circuit court presumably would prove merely a precursor to a Supreme Court showdown. And the high court's view on abortion like its membership has undergone significant change in the past five years. The Pennsylvania law, enacted in 1989, is almost identical to one the Supreme Court in 1986 declared an interference with women's constitutional right to end their pregnancies. The current law, like its precedent, imposes a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions and requires doctors to inform patients about fetal development and alternatives to abortion. The court's 1986 decision finding such regulations unlawful was reached by a 5-4 vote. Three mem bers of that five-justice majority have since retired. Only Justices Harry A. Blackmun, author of the '86 ruling and of the court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion, and John Paul Stevens remain from that slender majority. Justices Lewis F. Powell, William J. Bren-nan and Thurgood Marshall are gone. Only one of the four 1986 dissenters Chief Justice Warren E. Burger has retired. Now-Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Byron R. Whiteand Sandra Day O'Connor remain. New to the court since that 1986 ruling are Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter and come Nov. 1 Clarence Thomas. Scalia has said he wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade in its entirety, and Kennedy is on record as favoring broad state regulatory power over abortion. Little is known about the abortion views of Souter and Thomas, but anti-abortion activists view them as potential allies in their battle to overturn the 1973 ruling. An important 1989 Supreme Court decision in a case called Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services let states make abortions harder to get. The court's majority in that decision was comprised of Rehnquist, White, O'Connor, Scalia and Kennedy. The "chill wind" cited by Blackmun in his dissent to the Webster ruling must have felt like a warm breeze to those Pennsylvania lawmakers, who quickly went to work reinventing their previously ill-fated abortion law. f r-:i x i i! i rii iu ue neu if V if- !:'; 1 V V- X A 1 a I- JULIE COLUERWf SIGNPOST A BIG BOW worn by the wildcat statue was only one of many placed by the Drug and Alcohol HelD Net (DAHN) to Dromote drua abuse Drevention. Storv on Daae 2. Delegation in Lithuania says hello to Weber State Editor's note : This article is a reprint of a letter sent to The Signpost for publicat ion. It was written by the WSU faculty and students who are studying and teaching in Lithania. The two faculty and four students from the geography department at Weber State University have arrived at 8 Single parent students struggle to deal with their multiple challenges. SPORTS 14 Cross country teams come home with mixed success. Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Their experiences, however, have taken them far beyond Lithuania. Moscow and St. Petersburg, within the Soviet Union, have been visited along with Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Lithuania they have found to be a beautiful land with many unique places. All is going well. The Weber State contingent have settled in well to the lifestyle that was left behind by the Soviets. Although the Soviet soldiers and army vehicles are rarely seen, helicopters still circle the skies of Kaunas. The students are attending classes and tutoring their Lithuanian classmates in English. They have been active in sports and participate in the soccer, baseball and basketball teams at the university. The Weber State group has established an Fnelish club. The interest in S i;' t . , ---." ; ' ' - I. " . . ..... - - . , . J TOP ROW (I. to r.) Dr. Deon C. Greer, Julie Rich, Kathleen Polletf, BOTTOM: Robert Hamilton, Bryan Johnston, Ryan Short. . this club is so great that one of its principle problems is finding a classroom that will hold its 50 members. Many Lithuanian students wish to travel to Utah and attend Weber State. They are very interested in the U.S. and our customs. The two faculty and four students will be going to San Diego, Calif., to report to the Association of American Ge ographers on their Lithuanian findings and experiences. This international meeting will be held during the spring, 1992. Everyone here in Lithuania would like to say hello to their family and friends at Weber State and pass on the word that everything is going great. Go Weber Football! The following is one special impression from each student: Ryan Short: "When I thought of the USSR I envisioned Soviet MiG fighters zooming overhead. However, the only planes I've seen are 1930-vintage soviet-issued biplanes flying over Kaunas at glacier speed." Kathleen Pollett: "Although Lithuanians rarely smile, many people have said they're learning from the Americans how to enjoy their new freedom." Robert Hamilton: "It is very exciting for me to be here during such a time of change and learn from the people what it was like to live under Soviet occupation." (See VMU pa?e3) The delegation, the first to stay for an entire semester, left for Lithuania in early December and will return the week before Christmas. Other faculty and students are expected to attend Vytautas Magnus University on a regular basis.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-10-23, Vol. 52, No. 20|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|