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i 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana E SAGE n Luther King Jr. remembered in song, speeches IUGHES writer aneth Herr High School rence for tribute to Martin responded her family and high school in ting a 45- Martin Luther Written by Cheryl vas Performed by let father, Phil grandmother, COusin, Gina friend, Gary featured a spiri- songs, Speeches and by Martin said the pro- to "recreate Warmth, the Dee Dee began explaining its can be broth- we can re- 'Past and under- Phil Lawrence, Gina Moore, Mary Moore, Gary Glass and DeeDee Lawrence perform a tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. during an all-school assembly at Memorial High School, Evansville, on Jan. 16. Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes stand the past." She added the hope "that we can overcome, with God's grace." Mary Moore then offered a dramatic recreation of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a city bus in Mont- gomery, Ala. "I ain't gonna move," she said. "This is the day I stay." Four days later, Martin Luther King Jr. called for a boycott of all city buses in Montgomery, and soon, all city buses were integrated. A year later, the Supreme Court unan- imously ruled that bus segrega- tion was unconstitutional. In a speech,' Martin Luther King Jr. remarked, "In the words of the psalmist, 'the weeping will endure in the night, but joy comes in the  ),!)i , ', morning." Dee Dee reminded the Memorial students and faculty that during the next 12 years of "non-violent struggle," Martin Luther King Jr. never aban- doned his principles of love and peace. In August of 1963 in Wash- ington. D.C., he led the "biggest peaceful demonstration for civil rights in history." There, he de- livered his "I Have a Dream" speech, in which he proclaimed, "I dream that my four little children not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Shortly before his death in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. said he would like to be remem- bered, not tbr the Nobel Peace Prize that he had won, but as someone who had tried to live his life by serving others. Dee Dee concluded the pro- gram with the challenge that "we must see that his spirit never dies. We must carry on." Phil added, "thank :you for inviting us to remember a part of history that belongs to us all. Our responsibility is to keep our world free of racism." Poll: Majority of voters support 'partial birth' abortion ban ' (CNs)  A rth a )oll al lie Bish- poll, 71 per- Voters Upport a contro- for late- question COmmis. B Secre- to abor- Poll Was to be of SUpport on either side of the debate," said a statement from Helen A1- vare, director of planning and information for the secretariat. "Killing a baby who is four- fifths delivered outside of her mother violates every humane instinct Americans possess." In the procedure, an abor- tion is performed late in the pregnancy. The doctor grabs the fetus by the feet and pulls the body, up to the head, through the birth canal, then killing it by inserting scissors at the base of the brain. The brains are suctioned out, caus- ing the skull to collapse and al- lowing easier removal of the head to complete the proce- dure. Research Item describes your feelings about Vati- helped more :t hurt more lon't know Statewide 27% -- It helped more than hurt. 07% -- It hurt more than helped. 53%  I don't know enough to say. The House and Senate passed separate versions of the bill and the measure was turned over to a conference committee to work out differ- ences. President Clinton has said he would veto the versions that each chamber passed: In the survey conducted for the NCCB by the Tarrance Group, 71 percent of the re- spondents said they would sup- port a law to ban the proce- dure, with 57 percent of that group saying they strongly supported it and 14 percent saying they.somewhat sup- ported it. Sixteen percent said they opposed it, with 13 per- cent of that group strongly op- posing it and 3 percent some- what opposing it. Another 13 percent were unsure. Of surveyed voters who iden- tified themselves as "pro- choice," 65 percent support the bill. The Tarrance Group polled the group of registered voters Dec. 14o17 in a survey that has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. The pro-life secretariat said the White House also is asking a public opinion question on the subject, which Ms. Alvare called "misleading at best and, at worst, deliberately designed to confuse the public regarding what's really at stake." The secretariat reported the question posed on the White House public comment phone line asks: "Should the president veto the measure which would criminalize a rarely used abor- tion procedure even in cases where the woman's health is at stake?" The question asked in the NCCB poll asked: "Congress is debating a late- term abortion procedure called partial-birth abortion. It in- volves partially delivering a live fetus in the last months of pregnancy, killing the fetus and then completing the deliv- ery. Would you support a law which would prohibit this pro- cedure, except where it is nec- essary to save the mother's life?" According to the secretariat, the survey question was simi- lar to the wording in the House and Senate bills. "Even the author of the na- tion's most widely used abor, tion textbook has denied that partial-birth abortions are ever needed to preserve a mother's health," Ms. Alvare said. "But perhaps what is most disturb- ing about the White House sur- vey question is its deliberate failure to mention or describe the procedure in question." Opponents of the ban say the procedure is the safest method of ending pregnancies when serious birth defects are discovered late in the term. Only a few physicians in the country have acknowledged using the procedure, but no ac- curate records are available to indicate how often it is used. When the poll broke down responses by religious affilia- tion, 78 percent of Catholics and Baptists said they support the ban.