The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 19, 1987, Image 4

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r i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i AGGIE SPECIAL Thursday & Saturday oo all single shot drinks & canned beer <4) I $2 00 off admission with coupon expires Nov. 28,1987 Hall of Fame FM 2818 North of Villa Maria, Bryan 822-2222 18,19, & 20 year olds welcome 1 I I I I I I I I I I I I I Page 4/The Battalion/ Thursday, November 19,1987 Many options exist for A&M students to get birth control ViV-.i" Fineprint. $189.00 Citizen 180-D dot matrix printer, 180 CPS draft (50 CPS near letter quality), 80 column, tractor feed included, front panel mode selection, connects to any parallel port. Sale ends November 28, 1987. More bytes, less bucks. CO/HPUTER 268-0730 403B University Dr. (Northgate) £ Cg5 1 & I Contact Lenses By Jennifer Townsend Reporter 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 health care. Prices for gynecological exams, in cluding lab work, may range from no charge (Planned Parenthood and Family Planning) to about $85 (local gynecologists). Planned Parenthood and Family Planning both operate on a sliding- fee scale based on the patient’s in come. Because of state funding, Planned Parenthood can keep exam and birth-control prices under $20, Planned Parenthood Director Sally Miller said. 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 Center. 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 mitted diseases.” 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 tional charge. Prescriptions for birth control pills can be filled by local pharma cists. 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. 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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. Prepared by: Charlie Brentai Staff Meteorologist I A&M Department of Meteorology [ Only Quality Name Brands (Bausch & Lomb, Ciba, Barnes-Hinds-Hydrocurve) : $79 00 $99 00 $99 00 STD. DAILY WEAR SOFT LENSES spare pr. only $39 50 STD. EXTENDED WEAR SOFT LENSES spare pr. only $49 50 STD. TINTED SOFT LENSES DAILY WEAR OR EXTENDED WEAR Spare PR at V2 price with purchase of first pr at regular price! Call 696-3754 For Appointment Sale ends Dec. 30,1987 Offer applies to standard Bausch & Lomb, Ciba, Barnes-Hinds lenses only. CHARLES C. SCHROEPPEL, O.D., P.C. DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY Eye exam & care kit not Included 707 South Texas Ave., Suite 101D College Station, Texas 77840 1 block South of Texas & University & me Z9Z 100-year-old home for unwed mother? fills as beliefs about abortion change Battalion Classified 845-2611 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 cle. 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 reasons. 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 embarrassment. 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 birth heirs. 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( tion service. 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 their babies. “We want to be careful to notcol demn her to be a parent whensW not ready,” she said.