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2 T Continued fi'om page 1 have done "an increasingly good job politically," he also believes his movement has "not done its homework in terms of the moral ground on which it stands." By overemphasizing abor- tion as an individual's right to rule her own life, the movement gave up what he believes was the "sounder ground" of having a moral obligation to control overpop- ulation and provide the best environment for members of the existing family. "The pro-choice movement became so individualistic they were on pretty thin moral ice at times," he be- lieves. Abortion opponents have :times " WASHINGTON I ii | Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery i= == = Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Presc, nlOn Service Drugs -Sundnes - Cosmet,x:s Magazines - "We Dekve' Corner RWers,dt and Governor EvanSville 422-9981 ii I i i i i in i I I Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 i The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January focused throughout on the rights of the developing fetus as a human being, but even those within the movement acknowledge flaws in their campaign. Recent efforts to unify vari- ous groups have eliminated some confusion and competi- tion, said Bishop McHugh. '!Because of the volatility and the strength of the per- sonalities involved there al- ways was too much competi- tion among various pro-life groups," he said. "Now it's settled down and I see a much greater unity, though we're not all doing the same thing." The Catholic Church still could focus its efforts more on public education and the doctrinal philosophy behind vs. Wade its twin II i r PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 |11 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 ii ii iii Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 end N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 i[ ii i iiiit i its opposition to abortion, Bishop McHugh said. "We've been preoccupied with legal and legislative ma- neuvering and it's distracted us from the moral teaching," he said. Quinn said the pro-life movement learned late the value of good public rela- tions, a skill the supporters of legal abortion practiced early on. Words and phrases like "pro-choice," "freedom of choice" and "right to choose" are powerful tools in support- ing abortion, Quinn acknowl- edges. And opponents of abortion lost ground in the battle for public image when terms like that slipped into common use, she said. law requiring parental notification if an "immature, dependent minor" wants an 1983: Ruling in cases from Ohio, Missouri and Virginia, the court strikes down several Few considered in 1973 how complex the effects of Roe would be. Quinn said few people thought of abortion as a con- stitutional right prior to Roe, including those who believed it should be legal. Even today, while a major- ity of Americans believe abor- tion should be legal in a few limited circumstances, a greater majority also believe there should be restrictions on its availability and that it should not be used as a pri- mary means of birth control. Public opinion about the specifics of abortion nmy not have changed, but Parsons said Roe clearly changed the nation's moral about it. "More people fundamental option, It s just like cii legislation," "People scream first but eventually to realize it's for Quinn sees a torical link, h paring Roe vs. Wade to 1857 Dred Scott decisio holding the c of slavery. "It took 40 year. turn that ruling, noted. "It's going to but I've no doubt it wl to a point where -. turned back." 20 years after Roe, easier to get, harder to By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Serwce abortion has increased 19.3 in 1973 to 28.6 in 1988, according to tional Center for Statistics and the Disease Control, 745,000 abortions formed in 1973, 1.6 million in 1988. In 20 years there have 29 million abortions, ing to the 1_ tariat for Pro-Life Act Helen Alvare, the spokeswoman on tivities, notes that ponents of legal sist it enables better off, the years have seen increases of women, of abortion feminization of p( In remarks at Mass taped for television Alvare said the era abort!on has taught that the value of being able to choose you please, is a a value that's tant than the worth ular lives." "What is our the woman in a nancy when they offer abortion?" Alvare "They're telling her: this is something which you take care o self, and then you in society as an ec not really valuing nancy or your chi WASHINGTON (CNS) Having an abortion is practi- cally and legally easier than it was 20 years ago, but the psy- chological effects on the 1.6 million women who have them each year may be rougher than ever. Since the Supreme Court rulings in Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton on Jan. 22, 1973, effectively threw out most state restrictions on abortion, the public attitude toward abortion has been rad- ically altered, according to women who work with preg- nant teens and those who have had abortions. "The first thing most women and girls think of abortion is 'if it's legal it must be OK,"' said Denise Cacci- olone, president of Birthright USA, a national organization that helps young women bring pregnancies to term and cope with raising a child. Because abortion has be- come more socially accept- able, women today are more poorly prepared for the emo- tional upheaval that follows, agreed Kathy Walker, presi- dent of Women Exploited by Abortion, a national support group. Until afterward, many women "don't even think twice" about the lingering ef- fects of having an abortion, she said. Since 1973, the percentage of pregnancies that end in Cardinal Mahony to open National Prayer Vigil for 22 March for Life. The vigil and the mark the 20th Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court which lifted most strictions on abortion. Bishop Michael J. of the Byzantine Dioc Passaic, N.I., will prayer vigil at the a 4 p.m. Divine WASHINGTON (CNS} -- Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles will open the National Prayer Vigil for Life Jan. 21 with an evening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Mahony, chair- man of the U.S. bishops' Sec- retariat for Pro-Life Activities, will also give the homily at the 8 p.m. Mass, which will be followed by a national rosary for life in the upper church, night prayer in the crypt church and all-night ex- position of the Blessed Sacra- ment. After holy hour services from midnight to 5 a.m. and morning prayer at 6 a.m., Car- dinal Bernard F. 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