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Court to hear abortion case Tuesday
■ Supreme Court begins
hearing the Nebraska partial-birth
abortion case this week.
By Brian Carlson
WASHINGTON, D.C. - When the U.S.
Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday on
the constitutionality of Nebraska’s ban on what
many have called partial-birth abortions, a drama
will unfold on many levels.
For the first time in eight years, the Supreme
Court will hear a case about abortion, one of the
v country’s most divisive social and political
Supporters of Nebraska’s law, which courts
have blocked from being enforced, say the ban on
partial-birth abortions outlaws a particularly
gruesome and unnecessary abortion procedure.
Opponents of the ban say it is so vaguely
worded it could also outlaw more common abor
tion procedures, placing an undue burden on a
woman’s right to choose abortion and jeopardiz
ing her health.
Nebraska’s case, Stenberg vs. Carhart, has
drawn extensive national attention. The court’s
ruling, expected by June, could affect the laws of
29 other states that have outlawed partial-birth
abortions - and set an important precedent for
the future of the abortion debate.
The drama’s main characters also add texture
to the plot.
Nebraska Attorney General Don Stenberg,
who will argue in favor of the ban, is not only a
passionate abortion opponent but a candidate for
the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Tuesday’s oral arguments will come exactly two
weeks before the May 9 primary.
Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who successfully chal
lenged Nebraska’s law in court just days after it
was passed in 1997, provides abortions at his
clinic in Bellevue.
One of the methods he uses is known med
ically as “intact dilation and extraction,” or
“D&X.” It is dubbed partial-birth abortion by
opponents of the procedure.
Late last year, Carhart became embroiled in
another controversy when news accounts
revealed that the University of Nebraska Medical
Center had conducted research using aborted
fetal tissue since 1993.
UNMC obtained the tissue from Carhart and
granted him faculty status. UNMC officials have
insisted no fetal tissue used in the research comes
from partial-birth abortions.
Carhart has said he would leave Nebraska if
the state’s ban on partial-birth abortions was
On June 3, 1997, the Nebraska Legislature
passed LB23 on a 45-1 vote. Only Sen. Ernie
Chambers of Omaha voted against the bill,
which then-Gov. Ben Nelson signed into law on
June 9,1997. Nelson is now a Democratic candi
date for U.S. Senate.
The law reads, in part, “No partial-birth abor
tion shall be performed in this state, unless such
procedure is necessary to save the life of the
mother whose life is endangered by a physical
disorder, physical illness or physical injury,
including a life-endangering physical condition
caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”
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! Keeping the faith
FRESHMEN JACI GUSTAFSON and Danielle Serlet carry a wooden cross across campus Friday morning to re-enact Christ carrying the cross to be cru
cified. The event was sponsored by the Navigators, and students carried the cross on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Groups come together for Earth Day
UI wanted to
teach my kids
of the earth.
: Plus, it’s a
great day to
People hiked, bussed and
booted to Antelope Park by the
dozens Saturday to help
Lincoln celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day, celebrated each
year around the globe, aims to
heighten awareness of the
importance of taking care of
Different Lincoln organi
zations mark Earth Day in a
variety of ways each year. But
this year, the various clubs and
organizations pooled their
efforts to bring music, food,
family activities and plenty of
information about earth
friendly products and activities
Harry Heafer, coordinator
of the celebration, said the
citywide events occur every
five years. More than 30
organizations participated in
this year’s celebration, he said.
Booths offered informa
tion about sustainable agricul
ture, earth-friendly office sup
plies, global warming and
recycled art, among other
Bands with names like
Buffalo Grass Band and
Toasted Ponies Band enter
tained visitors at Antelope
“There’s something here
for everyone,” Heafer said.
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SYLVIA GRIFFITH PLAYS HER guitar Saturday afternoon in
Antelope Park at the Earth Day celebration. She said oho has
been playing guitar “since before the first Earth Day,” and she
believes nwsic to be an Integral part of the celebration.
By Michelle Starr
No surprises is the idea behind the
Dead Week policy.
If students find tests, projects or
speeches unfairly scheduled, they can
fill out a complaint form in the ASUN
office and hopefully remedy the sus
“It’s in the students’ best interest to
let us know as soon as possible,” said
Marlyne Beyke, ASUN director of
Kourtney Mueller, ASUN academ
ic committee member, said only three
or four complaints were filed in the
ASUN office as of Friday afternoon,
and one of them was solved after a
quick call to the instructor.
The ASUN Academic Committee
handles complaints on violations of
Dead Week policy.
Beyke said the number of com
plaints this semester had dramatically
dropped since last semester and last
one credited last year s academic
committee’s focus on educating the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s
departments about the policy.
“I think they made a lot of good
strides last year,” Beyke said.
Beth Lee, last year’s ASUN
Academic Committee chairwoman,
said because the committee wanted to
reduce the number of complaints, com
mittee members went to each college
department last summer and fall to
explain the Dead Week policy.
Every department was receptive,
and it appeared problems came from
not understanding die policy, Lee said.
“If we went to just one department
meeting, we were doing more than we
were doing before, and we went to quite
a few meetings,” Lee said.
The committee has seen less than
half the number of complaints as last
semester, and Lee credits educating the
After a confidential complaint is
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