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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana POstcard campaign focuses on partial-birth abortion legislation By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Thirty-nine thousand post- cards, including 1,000 written in Spanish, are being distributed to parishes throughout the Diocese of Evansville, according to Jim Collins, director of Catholic Charities. The postcards are part of a national campaign launched by the National Catholic Confer- ence of Bishops Pro-Life Secre- tariat urging U.S. senators to vote to override President Clin- ton's veto of the partial-birth abortion ban act. The postcards will be distrib- uted in parishes the weekend of Jan. 24 and 25. "Our purpose is to thank our legislators for opposing partial- ur purpose is to thank our legislators for opposing partial- birth abortion, and to urge them to stay strong in their convictions, and to convince their colleagues to change their votes. birth abortion," Collins said, "and to urge them to stay strong in their convictions, and to con- vince their colleagues to change their votes. "Only three more votes are needed in the Senate to override President Clinton's veto. Our (Indiana) senators have been opposed to partial-birth abor- tion, and it's important to thank them." The postcards contain the fol- lowing letter: Dear Senator, Thank you for your vote in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, HR 1122! Sadly, the President chose to veto the measure, even though the American Medical Association and other medical authorities agree that partial-birth abortion is never medically necessary. The brutal killing of children in the very process of being born must be stopped. I urge you to vote to override the President's veto. Please also do what you can to urge you r colleagues to do the same. Thank you for helping to protect inno- cent human life! The postcards are pre-addressed to Indi- ana Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Coats. Fact sheets about par- tial-birth abortion will also be distributed with the postcards. They explain .... i,!iiii!ii:i , Parish Pro-Lfe coordinators assist in sorting postcards which will be used to urge U.S. Sen- ators to vote to override President Clinton's veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, HR the partial-birth abortion pro- cedure, and provide comments from leaders in the medical profession. In the fact sheet, Dr. Daniel Johnson Jr., American Medical Association president, writes, "The partial delivery of a living fetus for the purpose of killing it outside the womb is ethically offensive to most Americans and physicians. Our panel could not find any identified cir- 1833. They are, from left, Linda Church, Vanderburgh Corpus Christi Church, Redman, Holy Spirit Church, -- Message photo by Donations for Life Choice Home By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Faculty members at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, cele- brated Christmas a little differ- ently this year. Instead of their usual gift exchange, they donated money to Life Choice, a new residence on Evansville's westside which pro- vides housing for pregnant women and for women who have recent- ly given birth (and their infants). Herb Neighbors, principal at Mater Dei, also encouraged the faculty to make a donation to Life Choice instead of present- ing him with a Christmas gift. Their total donations amount- ed to nearly $300, which was matched by a December collec- tion sponsored by Mater Dei Teens for Life. When the money is donated to Life Choice, a room will be designated in honor of the Blessed Mother, for whom Mater Dei is named. Students in the Teen for Life program at Memorial High School, Evansville, have also collected funds for Life Chotce, and a room has been named in honor of the late James Red- man and his family. Redman, a teacher at Memorial, was responsible for the Teens for Life program at Memorial. Sanctity of Life Mass will be held Jan. 18 in Evansville By MARY ANN HUGIIES Message staff writer Mona Redman believes that because the high school stu- dents of today will become the leaders of tomorrow, it's impor- tant to have them involved in the pro-life movement. Redman is the pro-life coor- dinator at Holy Spirit Church, Evansville. She and other parish pro-life coordinators are preparing for the annual Sanctity of Life Mass which will commemorate the "tragic twenty-fifth anniversary" of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision which legal- ized abortion in 1973. This year, students from both Evansville Catholic high schools have been invited to participate in the Sinctity of Life Mass, which will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday Jan. 18, at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. The Mass will be concelebrat- ed by Father Brian Holtz, asso- ciate pastor at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, and Father Wilfred Englert, pastor at St. Joseph Church. The Mass is open to everyone; a reception will follow. Sarah Schenk and Emily Elpers, students at Mater Dei, will lead a pro-life rosary before Mass. Students from Memorial, led by Elizabeth Elliott, will pro- vide the music. Redman said Father Holtz has been asked to provide a special blessing to area high school stu- dents who will be participating in the March for Life Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. She believes it is important to involve teens in the anti-abor- tion battle because "they are our future leaders. We need for them to become aware of the seriousness of the problem. "They can turn this situation around. This is what our gener- ation gave to them. They are our future leaders, and we have to get them invoh, ed, especially in the Catholic church." ill i i i SWal.Mart SuperCenter 401 North flurk,har Roa P,: 812.471-8797 Evansville, tN 47715 Fax:812.47.8166 i i ii i i! cumstance in which the proce- dure was the only safe and effective abortion method." The fact sheet notes that, according to public records, partial-birth abortion is per- formed thousands of times a year in the United States, pri- marily in the fifth and sixth months of pregnancy, and sometimes later. The procedure is performed mainly on healthy babies of healthy mothers. LinC0 Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana-Illin0is-Kentucky 46 Varifies of Coffees and Teas HATEVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH IT Washington 254-J409 Evansville 422-1833 In the procedure, forcibly turned ia into a breech abortionist then by the leg, ou until only the in the birth canal: The baby is the base of its brains vacuum. 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