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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January13,1989 Taking a stand Pro-life rally t teens will be Jan. 18 at Holy Family, Jasper By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer It didn't take a shocking film on abortion to convert Mike "Ash" Ashbum to the pro-life movement. What made him take a stand was the wonder, mystery and sanctity of human life. Before his wife Eva became pregnant, Ashburn was "neutral" on the abortion issue. Privately, he was oppos- ed to abortion, but in public, he was afraid to speak out on the controversial issue, he said. That all changed with the birth of his first child four years ago. "The whole process of pregnancy and birth was over- whelming to the point I was able to say abortion was wrong," he said. Ashburn, a member of the Vanderburgh County Right to Life speakers' bureau, will share his personal experiences and thoughts about abortion with teens at a high school pro- life rally, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, Jasper. The annual event is sponsored by Dubois County Right to Life. Ashbum feels comfortable speaking in front of a teen-age audience. He is area director of Young Life of Evansville, an outreach ministry for high school students. More than they realize, teens are on "the front lines" when it comes to the abortion issue, he said. Many times, when a teen- age girl is pregnant, the first person she will tell is a friend -- not an adult. For.this reason it is important for teens to be educated about the dangers of abortion and the options available. Teens receive mixed messages about abortion through current movies and TV shows, said Ashburn. In the entertainment media, abortion is mistakenly portrayed as quick and easy way of getting back into "the normal scene," he said. Often, the message given is "abortion's O.K .... if you get pregnant, that's what you do," said Ashbum. HOLY ? :;?. 1 COUNCIL Moots at University of Evansville Newman Center 2nd 4th Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Fr. Tony Kissel, chaplain New members invited. Call Doug Matheis Grand Krljght, 473-3107 i Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG i Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntingburg, Ind. MIKE ASHBURN Teens need to know the hard facts about abortion -- that it "does damage physically, emo- tionally and spiritually," ex- plained Ashburn. During his talk at the Jasper pro-life rally, Ashburn plans to talk about the abortion issue, the importance of acting on beliefs and teen chastity. It is his hope the high schoolers will leave the rally with a "sense of self-worth, hope and deeper understanding of the sanctity of life." The Dubois County Right to Life schedules the high school pro-life rally each year around Jan. 22 -- the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion in the United States. Glen Sturm, president of Dubois County Right to Life, said today's teens are the "generation to correct this wrong that we have allowed to take place." He said it is important that young people are educated on the "reality of what is taking place in the womb" during an abortion. When they know the facts about the "actual horror of what's happening there," they will choose life, he said. There are two victims as the result of an abortion -- the baby and the mother, according to Sturm. The psychological con- sequences of abortion could lead the mother to alcoholism, depression or suicide, he said. Besides the mother's physical and emotional side-effects, there are moral issues involved Clarification Due to a production error, the advertisement for the Evansville Catholic high school placement examinations, which appeared in the Jan. 6 issue of the Message, contained incorrect information. The ad should have stated that the placement exam for III II Mater Dei High School was Saturday, Jan. 7, and that the placement exam for Memorial High School will be Saturday, Jan. 14. The Message regrets any in- convenience this error may have caused. Please patronize Message advertisers! DONUT BANK do,==, 9.,t" 4 Convenient Locations i How will your child succeed in school? r..,i,h S You are invited to a forum. HolyRosaryCafeteria .:,,,.b Monday, January 16, 1989 7:30 - 9:00 p. m. I Beginning School I.Z.L.P' PANEL MEMBERS: Dr. Maria del Rio, Dr. Robert Ransdell Ho/yRosaryPTA and Dr. Robert L. Wilson, Mrs. Jody Donosky. 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