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Many options exist
for A&M students
to get birth control
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I Contact Lenses
By Jennifer Townsend
Female students at Texas A&M
have many options for gynecological
care and family-planning counseling
available at a variety of prices.
Brazos County Planned Paren
thood, The Family Planning Center,
A.P. Beutel Flealth Center and va
rious gynecologists in the Byran-Col-
lege Station area are some of the
places students can go for women’s
Prices for gynecological exams, in
cluding lab work, may range from
no charge (Planned Parenthood and
Family Planning) to about $85 (local
Planned Parenthood and Family
Planning both operate on a sliding-
fee scale based on the patient’s in
Because of state funding, Planned
Parenthood can keep exam and
birth-control prices under $20,
Planned Parenthood Director Sally
Exams at Planned Parenthood are
performed by nurse practitioners —
registered nurses with training in gy
necology, Miller said. The exam in
cludes a Pap smear, blood count,
physical exam, breast exam, counsel
ing and four cycles of birth-control
pills, she said.
Planned Parenthood stocks and
dispenses birth-control pills, dia
phragms and condoms to patients. It
does not issue intrauterine devices.
Miller explained that because
lUDs cost about $85 each, they are
basically unavailable to the clinic be
cause of budget reasons.
Nurse practitioners spend about
two hours with each new patient,
Miller said. Patients are informed of
services and available options and
additional counseling is available to
patients who require it.
Another option available to A&M
students is the A.P. Beutel Health
Aside from the $15 health center
fee, the only charge at the center is a
lab fee of about $12, Center Director
Claude Goswick said.
Patients are issued prescriptions
for birth-control pills to be filled at
the A&M Pharmacy, Goswick said.
Maureen Maillet, receptionist at
the health center pharmacy, said
birth-control pills cost $3 a cycle with
a $2 charge to fill the prescription.
Goswick said the health center
does not Fit diaphragms, insert lUDs
or issue condoms.
“We don’t have the equipment to
fit lUDs and diaphragms,” Goswick
said. “We have been pressured to
stock condoms, but I don’t think the
University community is ready for it.
I do, however suggest to our patients
they use a condom.”
Miller said, “Condoms are the
name of the game. It is ultra-impor
tant for men and women to protect
themselves from sexually-trans
Women also can have gynecologi
cal exams and obtain birth control
from private gynecologists.
At Scott and White Clinic, an ini
tial office visit and gynecological
exam cost $64 plus a $17 lab fee. If
more than the 15-minute examina
tion is required there will be an addi
Prescriptions for birth control
pills can be filled by local pharma
Jack Bender, a pharmacist at
Revco Discount Drug Center said a
one-month supply of birth control
pills costs between $11.99 and
$13.99. Diaphragms cost between
$14 and $16.
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Sunrise Friday: 6:55 a m.
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temperatures through the Great Plains states. High pressure will
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skies and cool temperatures. The stationary front through Florida will
persist and will produce scattered rain showers while an easterly
onshore flow in south Texas will be accompanied by widely scattered
Today. Mostly cloudy and cool with a high temperature of 56 degrees
and northeasterly winds of 10 mph, gusting to 18 mph.
Tonight Mostly cloudy and cool with a low temperature 37 degrees and
winds from the northeast at 7 to 12 mph.
Friday. Partly cloudy and continued cool with a high temperature of 59
degrees and winds north-northeasterly at 5 to 8 mph.
Weather Fact. Height pattern — in meteorology, the general geometric
characteristics of the distribution of height of a constant-pressure
surface as shown by contour lines on a constant-pressure chart.
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100-year-old home for unwed mother?
fills as beliefs about abortion change
FORT WORTH (AP) — The
Edna Gladney Center, the 100-year-
old matriarch of maternity homes,
has seen society’s attitudes toward
unwed mothers come almost full cir
The center, originally a haven for
women banished from society be
cause of their pregnancies, fell
nearly silent after the 1973 Supreme
Court decision legalizing abortion.
But today, 90 of the center’s 130
dormitory beds are filled by single
women, some as young as 15, others
in their early to mid-20s. Although
the center has not returned to its
pre-1973 adoption level of more
than 350 babies per year, last year
258 babies born to residents were
placed in adoptive homes.
“There was a large group of peo
ple who thought that abortion was
going to be the answer to everyone’s
problems, but we’re seeing more
girls who say that isn’t right for
them,” said Eleanor Tuck, who
started as a counselor for the home
24 years ago.
The center is planning a weekend
centennial celebration to raise $2
million. Barbara Bush, grandmother
of a child adopted through the Glad-
“There was a large group of people who thought that
abortion was going to be the answer to everyone’s
problems, but we’re seeing more girls who say that isn’t
right for them. ”
— Eleanor Tuck, counselor
east cities. Forty years later,
worker Edna Gladney took overa
began taking in unmarried, expe
tant mothers and homeless childrcl
ney agency, will attend as honorary
chairman of the festivities, which in
clude a Willie Nelson concert at Billy
Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.
Teen-age mothers at the home
said they were there for different
Chrissie, 19, said she was so
frightened by the thought of abor
tion that she kept her pregnancy se
cret for months.
“I thought, ‘If I ignore it, it’ll go
away,’ ” she said. “Well, it didn’t go
away. I just kept getting bigger.”
After she finally told her parents,
Chrissie decided to go to the Edna
Gladney Center to spare her parents
Another college freshman said
she had received a negative preg
nancy test but then found out the lab
had made a mistake. By that time
her pregnancy was already in the
third trimester, to late to undergo an
abortion by Texas law.
She said friends in her hometown
believe she is in college while class
mates think she is taking a semester
off from school.
The Gladney center, a shaded,
two-block campus, has stayed out of
the political crossfire. Tuck said the
center considers itself a pro-life or
ganization, but noted, “We’re not a
picketing, bomb-throwing pro-life
group. We’re very pro-pregnant
woman and pro-child.”
The Gladney home began in 1887
as a makeshift adoption agency op
erated by a Methodist minister who
strove to find foster families for
homeless children shipped west
from the crowded slums of north-
Gladney ran the home for
years, lobbying to pass laws
dropped the notation “illegitii
from birth certificates and
anteeing the same inheritance
for adoptive children as for nati
The center has an annual
of about $4 million, finding doi
to contribute about 20 percent
that. Another 30 percent is fum'
through interest from a trust end(
ment and residents’ patient fees
insurance, but the balance coi
from fees paid to Gladney’s ad(
About two-thirds of the yot
mothers at the center choose to
their babies up for adoption
Tuck said the adoption decisiot
left entirely to the mother, althoui
she believes many single mothers
pressured by their families to h
“We want to be careful to notcol
demn her to be a parent whensW
not ready,” she said.