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TLo M ESSAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 22 January 28, 1994 WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY 0000YANN HU - ssa .... GHES se staff writer Anti-abortion billboards should soon circle Boonville the Boonville Council ming to circle anti-abortion according to Kofc has built each four feet located them If of C coun- it all OUrselves $25 in each said. One a hero and to save an lad land in jail. 'd offers the e number Organiza. tion. The billboard says, "If you're pregnant and looking for a loving alternative to having an abortion, call 473-7733 for help.., today!" Another message for a planned billboard will read: "If you are Christian and preg- nant, you've already made a choice." Hildenbrand said when all eight of the billboards are in place, they "will surround the town" and be seen by everyone traveling on roads in Warrick County. So far, public response to the billboards has been "very quiet, with no negative comments," He said the Boonville K of C decided on the billboard cam- paign "because our focus is ed- ucation. We are into educating the youth." eering ruling arts all rights s, USCC says bN (CNs) __ lated. OUrt's ruling may anti- 3S Protesters, for the the Supreme in NOW vs. can now be even peace- " or any , , , se to these judged ," said of plan. for the Activi. Con. Unanimously motive tPply the and Cot- known a case and Network Or- .n on be- for al- meant to NOW Were in- censpir. out Own finan- .d in the and group, Op- the case to deter- nti-racke. vio- =The Supreme Court decided only the technical statutory point that RICO contains no economic motive requirement," Ms. Alvare said in a statement. At a Chicago press confer- ence, Scheidler vowed to fight on. "Maybe some of us have to be convicted of saving lives to wake America up." =It shows we've been effec- tive," he said. "If we hadn't been effective we wouldn't have had this sledgehammer thrown at us, this draconian measure to try to stop us." Clark Forsythe, Scheidleds attorney from the pro-life law firm Americans United for Life, said he anticipated a =costly abuse of RICO in the courts throughout the country that will threaten all activists that oppose various businesses." Forsythe said Americans United had already absorbed about $1 million in expenses during the eight years the case has been working its way through the courts Such ex- penses put "a big chill" on the movement to fight abortion, but will not stop it, he said. A spokesman for another group that supported Scheidler said the news from the deci- sion was what the court did not decide. NOW must still prove that Scheidler and the other ac- tivists committed a crime, said Steven T. McFarland, director for the Center for Law and Re- ligious Freedom of the Christ- See RACKETEERING page 2 I ..... ' : 40 parishes in diocese pa00icipate : in the pro-life postcard campaign Message and CNS reports "We had a terrific response," said Father Lowell Will, about the 1994 pro-life post card campaign. Father Will is pas- tor of St. Peter Church, Mont- gomery, and also St. Michael and St. Patrick Churches in Daviess County. Nationally, more than 6 mil- lion sets of four postcards were requested for the campaign to urge Congress to keep abortion coverage out of health care re- forms. Parishioners sent post- cards to each of their U.S. sen- ators, their U.S. representative and to the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, to help keep track of participa- tion in the campaign. Dr. John Geerling is the Re- spect Life Coordinator at St. Benedict Church in Evansville. He said 438 sets of cards were filled out at his parish, and that donations covered the cost of the postage. =I would guess that people felt a need for this," Dr. Ger- ling said. "They feel concerned that abortion is being included in health care, and they do not want it to be included. They felt the need to speak out." In the Diocese of Evansville, 20,000 sets of postcards wer requested for 10 participating parishes, according to Martha Halterman, pro-life coordinator" at Catholic Charities. Last year, only 8,000 sets of post ii i i i i The 1994 postcards carry this message: "Our nation needs to reform its health care system to protect the lives and enhance the dignity of all, especially the poor and vulnera- ble, the unserved and the unborn. Abortion is not health care; it destroys 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 constituent, I urge you to keep abortion out of needed health care reform." cards were ordered. Next year will be even better -- at least that is the hope of Susan Fortner of Vincennes, where she and Phyllis Haag co- ordinate the pro-life activities of Sacred Heart Church. Ninety-five sets of cards were signed at the parish over the weekend, and Fortner hopes that another 160 sets of cards will be signed and mailed by people who took them home. If the national post card campaign is conducted again next year, Fertner said she hopes that more people will participate. Parishes in the Diocese of Evansville used various strate- gies to make the r.rds avail- able and to encoUrage parish- ioners to use them. Some parishes collected extra money to pay for the postage; some parishes will do the.campaign this weekend. At St. Peter, St. Patrick and St. Michael Churches, mem- bers of the Legion of Mary worked at tables set up at all ii i of the doors. Father Will de- voted his homily to a pro-life message, and encouraged parishoners to sign the post cards. Father Will also encour- aged parishioners to attend a Daviess County Right-to-Life prayer service, which was held at Bethany Christian Church, Montgomery. Eighty-four percent of U.S. dioceses ordered postcards, ac- cording to the National Com- mittee for a Human Life Amendment, which is co-spon- soring the campaign with the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. Last year, the committee and the bishops' agency co- sponsored the first Project Life Sunday with a postcard cam- paign against the Freedom of Choice Act. That campaign generated from 3 6 mj'rlion cards to Congress and Was credited by some members of Congress with helping to prevent passage of the legislation