Oxford Liberation Group Sponsors Abortion Panel

Posted on July 8, 2014


Oxford Liberation Group
Sponsors Abortion Panel

Journal News May 16, 1972
Schmitz is a junior at Miami
University, Oxford. She has
c o n t r i b u t e d two articles
giving views of women’s
liberation groups on campus.)
Journal-News Contributor
“Convince me it’s hot a sin
to get an abortion,” said the
voice at Ihe other end of the
“I told her that I personally
couldn’t convince her it
wasn’t a sin, but I told her
that I could refer her to
people \vho could counsel her
on her problem pregnancy,”
reported Nancy Ward of
Hamilton’s Planned Parenthood.
Miss Ward rwas one of five
panelists who discussed the
facets of abortion with Miami
students during the recent
N a t i o n a l Abortion week.
Activities were sponsored by
the Oxford’s Women
Liberation group (OWL).
“It turned out later after
I had counseled her that she
had a long history of
marriage problems,” she
continued. ‘-‘The caller also
found after a visit lo a doctor
that she had a serious heart
The doctor diagnosed the
case as needing a:therapeulic
abortion. So she was sent lo
Fort Hamilton hospital where
they discovered that she also
bad cancer Of the uterus.
“This is an exceptional
case, but it does show how
abortion should be the choice
of a woman and her doctor,
• Jliss Ward observed.
Other speakers also emphasised
that abortion is the
choice of the woman.
Nancy Horn of OWL
commented that abortion
“allows a woman the freedom
to control her own body and
to make a decision with her
“If you aren’t allowed lo
control your body than you
can’t very well control your
life,” she staled. “Women’s
liberation is very much in
favor of abortion repeal so
a woman can control her
W O N A A C . Women’s
National Action Abortion
Coalition, expresses these
sentiments, explained Elaine
Werner, a women’s liberation
member and a member of
SOWAAC. Southern Ohio
Women’s Action Abortion
Coalition. SOWAAC is affiliated
with the national
group WONAAC.
Miss Werner outlined the
three resolutions supported by
“What we are seeking is
an appeal of abortion laws,
end to forced sterilization and
an end to restrictive contraception.”
she said.
In one slate contraceptives,
she explained, are restricted
to married persons. ‘
“Single persons can t get
contraceptives. This is to
discourage fornication and
and restricted”single persons against bad products.
stated . Miss Werner, quoting the stature.
Although the panel agreed
that Ohio’s law is antiquated and restricted Mary Ellen
Miller added that the law was
intended “to protect the
woman from a bad abortion.
It was not a great, religious
Mrs. Miller works with the
pregnancy consultation service
through Together, 14 S.
Campus, in Oxford.
She also pointed out that
anyone doing an abortion will
call himself a doctor, but “it’s
The woman who is a criminal
when she has an abortion.”
“We’ve had people at
Miami who we know do
abortions. Some of them are
pre – med students who know
a little too much biology,” she
remarked sarcastically.
“To repeal the law we must
have an i n d e p e n d e n t
movement that can constantly
keep those three demands in
f o c u s . WONAAC is a
movement that does this. It
is not an organization and not
imposed on people,” said
Claudia Hommel, an Anlioch
history major and member of
h o t h Abortion Action
SOWAAC is presently active
in the Dayton area. In addition
to focusing on the
demands, SOWAAC is also
focusing’ on the growing
sentiment in the Dayton area.
“You,see we are reaching
a lot of people who were
never involved before.” Miss
Hommel stated. They come
for personal reasons
maybe they had to go to New
York for an abortion.”
She also described the base
of the Dayton movement as
rooted in The clerical and
white collar worker.
“Women come to us from
places like NCR and Electronic
Defense plants. The
problem is that people outside
of the organization don’t
believe that we arc expressing
the sentiment of a
large majority of people.
“What is important though
is that each woman has a
chance to make a decision
about her body. We see
abortion as a woman’s right
to this decision,” Miss
Hommel concluded.
In other activities, the
Oxford Women’s Liberation
and SOWAAC movements
presented a play “What Have
You Done For Me Lately”
The play, performed as a
reader’s theater production,
described the reaction of a
male impregnated with a
human fetus. To culminate
the week’s activities, women
f r o m both movements
picketed at the Old Courthouse
in Dayton for abortion

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