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1994 The Message Monthly  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 for Life sville volunteer heading for her 19th rally in Washington, D.C. ANDERS Message staff writer news reports about the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion. She looked at her daughter, listened to the news, and heard what she believed was a "direct message." "I knew I should be helping save those babies." With the encouragement of her parish priest who was speaking from the pulpit against abortion, she became active in the Right to'Life orga- nization. Over the years, she has served as president of several different Right to Life chapters where she has lived, and she has headed the national boy- cott of UpJohn Pharmaceuti- cal. (UpJohn had been involved in the manufacturing of chemi- cals used in prostaglandin abortions.) Today, Anders is a science ago, one January 22, was lying admiring her she heard Noel: One of the fortunate darlings of the world lber 21, 1993 excitement, the cordial and happy voices of fam- Alexa Noel, very peacefully welcomed them times when she opened her beautiful eyes a Sweet smile. Then there were times when USual demands of a newborn. Please, a diaper nice bottle of formula when her little tummy felt is one of the very fortunate little darlings in birth mother opted to give her life and her are among the most qualified parents tobe upbringing the future holds for this SUrpassed. rul season of anticipation, as we await Jesus, this family has welcomed with open heart, this baby girl whose blessings will Teresa and Kenneth Woehler, for your ca d your desire to take this child as your own, ance to live and love and to be loved. eel Woehler, congratulations for becoming the sa and Ken. You could not have made a and sincere wishes are with all three of you. teacher at Memorial High School, Evansville, and the president of Vanderburgh County Right to Life. She is getting ready to attend her nineteenth March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21 and 22. The two-day rally, which is held on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legal- izing abortion, begins with a public rally in the Ellipse, just south of the White House. The 1994 theme is "Yes America, the Intent of Abor- tion Is to Kill a Baby," and the focus will be on abortion-re- lated issues in plans to over- haul the nation's health care system. The rally is sponsored by the March for Life committee which is a coalition of pro-life groups from around the coun- try. Anders says the March for Life "really does change your life. You are with 100,000 peo- ple who are speaking out for those without a voice." She Cleo M. Zirkelbach ady an actress! She played the part of baby Church on Christmas eve. noted that the pro-life move- ment is the "only lobbying group speaking out for some- thing that will not personally benefit it." Twenty years ago, when An- ders first got involved in the Right to Life organization, "we all believed this thing would be settled quickly. It hasn't been and it won't be. The reason that abortion is still with us is that people won't stand up and speak out for their beliefs. Ap- athy is our greatest enemy, not the pro-abortion people." Advances in technology have shifted the abortion debate during the past 20 years. Now, because of technology, "the av- erage person can see that it is a baby. You don't hear anyone talk about a 'blob of tissue' anymore. That would be laughed at." Instead, the pro- life/pro-choice debate has shifted to a new focus: the rights of the mother. Today, thanks to the pro-life movement, there are now more pregnancy help centers than Postcard campaign abortion clinics. These help centers are staffed by volun- teers and offer care for both mother and child. "It doesn't have to be an either/or situa- tion." Despite the inability to change the direction set by the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Anders said she doesn't get discouraged in her Right to Life work. "You have to give things an historical perspec- tive. We had slavery from an- tiquity into the niheteenih celJ: tury. People spole Up against slavery and I amagainst abor. tion. It might not be solved in my lifetime, but I'm not going to get discouraged about it." She is encouraged about the Vanderburgh County Right to Life group, noting, "Every year, we have more church in- volvement and more teenagers. Our Life Chain doubled this year, and now, all the denomi- nations are represented," Keeping abortion out of health care reform Millions of Catholics nation- wide are preparing to send their elected representatives in Congress a clear message: Keep abortion out of health- care reform. A major grassroo postcard campaign is scheduled to begin Sunday, Jan. 23, in Catholic parishes; the program is enti- tled "National Project Life Sunday." This is the postcard's mes- sage to members of Congress: "Our nation needs to reform its health care system to pro- tect the lives and enhance the dignity of all, especially the poor and vulnerable, the un- served and the unborn. Abor- tion is not health care; it de- stroys human life, and most Americans don't want to pay for it. Please don't force me to pay for abortions against my conscience. As your con- stituent, I urge you to keep abortion out of needed health care reform." Martha Halterman, pro-life coordinator at Catholic Chari- ties, said 24,000 postcards PPort your local have been ordered for 32 parishes in the Diocese of pro-I,fe nizations BUILDING SUPPUES ox. 200 aq. ,#, ................... $1s.gs,q. 24" giN.  mo ................... .$22.g5 KI. 10 OWtm dsers up to 50% off 2 lmatKI  2x6, 4x$, 6x6 50% off 3 sets lmtses up Io 60% off Good Cmu Tle ............................ $6.50 ea: 9x7  ovl cmm .............. $169.95 . 16x7 sisel ovedlead door ........... $319.95 ca, 3 #2 slab door Ih wdow ........................................ $1s.gs NOTE'. All items above  ' overstock, nCsors, re  scralch & Dents Rt come first served. NO backorders, DAVIESS CO. METAL I-kw, 50 E., Can 4 mLE. Montgome 812-295-4229 I II [ III I [I II Evansville. A special number, 1-800-451- 3344, is already in operation for callers who want to send their message to Congress by telegram. The cost is $8.95.  "National Project LifeSun day" is co-sponsored by the Na tional Committee for a Human Life Amendment, a Catholic grassroots action group, and the Pro-Life Secretariat of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. In urging the nation's Catholics to actively partici- pate in this campaign, Cardi- nal Roger Mahony of Los Ange- les, chairman of the NCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activi- ties, said, "Health care reform is likely to be the most impor- tant matter Congress will take up in 1994. The pro-life com- munity needs to act now to en- sure that we are not forced by law to subsidize abortions with our tax monies and insurance )remiums. Americans have al- ways rejected tax funding of abortions. No government has the right to force us to finance the deliberate destruction of human lifes." Last year, the NCHLA and the NCCB'dng:red a simi ,: lar campaign against the =Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA) which generated be- tween three and seven million postcards and letters. At one point, the House post office publicly announced that it had a backlog of more than a million pro-life postcards. According to press reports and Capitol Hill veterans, it was one of the most successful congressional letter-writing campaigns ever and con- tributed significantly to derail- ing passage of the FOCA legis- lation which would have removed practically all restric- tions on the practice of abortion. I I Recent national publicity has been given to alleged misconduct by some of our Catholic clergy. We may tend to overlook the great good done by the vast majoritiy of priests and religious who faithfully perform and live by their vows. All parishioners are encouraged to say THANK YOU to your pastors, priests, reli- gious and deacons, in person, by letter, card or phone for a JOB WELL DONE. A SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM MEMBERS OF: JASPER DEANERY SERRA CLUB I