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9;'1993 ident Clinton be- the focal point of objec- abortion as thousands on Washington for for Life on the of Roe vs. Wade. the march were ap- 90 high school and adults from the area. congressmen crowd at a rally on pse near the White the march down Avenue to the Supreme Court. Re ). Robert K. urged bishops two dozen of on the stage be- --- to say "tax ex- be damned and Political stand against who support legal on. Churches risk losing status if they in partisan Smith, R-N.J., as eles Cardinal my, chairman Lops' Commit- Activities, l.Scripture quotation s inaugural repeated the alatians that cites, "Let us in well-doing, we shall ot," ,d it a supreme administra- he talks about the nation's chil- SUpports a "system- against unborn chil- The, Message w,for. Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ?t protect children he said. leaders at- and march Anthony S. Guam, who conversion of ent as well as that and Senate. A lW that would have all but a few abor- recently refused a the U.S. Supreme hn J. O'Connor former chair-/ bishops' pro-lif6 said the presence eople "makes it not be cheated, not be intimidated, not be content.".- the rally James A, F of', Washington, Law of Boston and Bevilacqua of Archbishops Keeler of Balti- M. Buech- ndianapolis and dozen other bish- around the country. at the rally, March for rganizer Nellie Gray for her 20 years on the annual event. of dozens of Ous and professional OppOsed to abortion of the March for annual writing contest Were introduced Gray assailed th ' 9dietin e ross for prt,lif, g the deat of the movement after the , for I ife n's administration becomes focal point of pro-life rally GTON (CNS)  1992 elections, doubtedly hopes that pro-life Committee, said the orders crease the numbers Of abor- days into his presi- "We didn't die on election show that Clinton "is the cap- tions worldwide." day," said Gray. "We were Americans will quiet down and soon fade from the scene" now that he has signed his executive orders. "But he's wrong," she said. "His actions, seen by many as both a slap in the face and a challenge, have had the oppo- site effect. They have, in a word, energized the pro-life movement. We did not go away 20 years ago when peo- ple said the debate was aver. We will not go away now." Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life tive of pro-abortion pressure groups that oppose any limits whatsoever on abortion." "President Clinton insults on the day he declared "Fellowship Day' -- the mil- lions of pro-life Americans whose views he recently claimed to respect," she said. "But even worse, President Clinton's actions ensure that the federal government will now promote the use of abor- tion as birth control and in- On the weekend following the march, Catholics were urged to write to their U.S. representatives and senators, to urge them to vote against the Freedom of Choice Act. Post cards were distributed at parishes in the Diocese of Evansville and in churches throughout the United States, on Jan 23 and 24.  : Five million p'ostbards: were distributed at churches in the United States. Brother and sister find each other. Erica Engelland, a freshman from the University of Notre Dame and her brother Chad, a sophomore at Memorial High School in Evansville,get together during the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22. Message photo by Ben Leingang Participants in the March for Life pass the police line around the U.S. Supreme Court Build- ing. A predicted confrontation with pro-abortion demonstrators did not materialize. -- Message photo by Ben Leingang DIX)I.OIE8 WITNESS SWEAT SHIRT - ASH 50/50 S-XX GOLF SHIRT - ASH 50/50 S-XXL . $17.00 GOLF HAT - WHITE, TAN, BLACK $8.00 EMBROIDERED I II i . .111111 la . SEND CHECK OR MONEY ORDER TO: WITNESS WEAR P,O. BOX 61I - - NEWBURGH. IN 47630 -" PLEASE INCLUDE 5% TAX AND $4.00 SHIPPING ALLOW THREE TO FOUR WEEKS FOR DELIVERY reinvigorated." Gray estimated the crowd at the rally at 250,000. The U.S. Park Service Police esti- mated the crowd at 75,000. Last year the Park Service es- timated the crowd at 70,000. President Clinton marked the 20th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade by overturning most federal policies limiting abor- tion. Church leaders and pro- life spokesmen reacted with dismay but little surprise. Some saw Clinton's actions as a particular slap in the face to the pro-life movement on a day that the new president had declared a National Day of Fellowship and Hope. "We will never have gen- uine fellowship until the hu- manity of every person born and unborn  is recog- nized and respected," said Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington. In five executive orders Jan. 22, Clinton reversed the ban on abortion counseling in federal family planning clin- ics; overturned the morato- rium on federally funded re- search involving the use of fetal tissue; ordered a study of the current ban on import of the French abortion pill, RU-486, for personal use; re- voked the prohibition on abortions in military hospi- tals; and voided the "Mexico City policy," which had for- bid U.S. foreign aid funds to agencies promoting abortions. "Restoring government sub- sidies for the abortion indus- try cannot be called "pro- choice' -- it is simply pro- abortion," said Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los An- geles, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro- Life Activities. Clinton'also got a strong re- buke from the Vatican news- paper, L'Osservatore Romano, which said his administration had started down "the path- way of death and violence against innocent human be- ings." "This is not progress for the United States nor for human- itywhich, once again, mus! sulfer a humiliating :defeat,' the newspaper said in a Jan. 23;commentary. Virgil C. Dechant, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, described Clin- ton's actions in a Jan. 22 statement as "both pre- di6table and tragic." "The ultimate losers are the unborn," Dechant said. "For the pro-life movement, these reversals of hard-won gains have the effect of strengthen- ing our determination to per- severe in this struggle. We have suffered a setback. We have not been defeated." Gail Quinn, executive di- rector of the bishops' pro-life secretariat, said Clinton "un- FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 ill ..........