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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March for Life e Washington, D.C. march is 'booster shot' for pro-life e By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Mike Uebehlor is a veteran of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. His son, Shea, isn't. So this year, Mike got to watch the annual march through his son's eyes. "My youngest son is a fresh- man in high school, and this was his first march. He realized that there are thousands and thou- sands of young people who share his pro-life philosophy." Uebelhor served as coordina- tor of the Dubois County Teens for Life group which attended the annual march. The march is held on the 24th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe Vs. Wade abortion decision. The Dubois County group was joined by Evansville-area participants. Four students from Washing- ton Catholic High School, Wash- ington, also participated. They are Erik Gillum, Mindy Fuesler, Amanda Tieken and Steven Col- lison. In his work with the Teens for Life, Uebelhor has found that "children inherit their pro-life beliefs from their families -- and from their church." The large number of young participants in the March of Life enables the students to "realize that there are hundreds of thousands of kids their ages fighting the same battle." Many of the participants from the Diocese of Evansville drove to Louisville on Jan. 21, and then flew to Washington, D.C. That night, they attended a vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The next day, they participated in the march, and then headed back to the Midwest. "It was not an easy trip," Uebehlor said, "and the students who went made a lot of sacri- fices." Kristy Woebkenberg was one of the students who attended this year's march. She lives on a farm near Ferdinand, and she's a junior at Heritage Hills High School. This wasn't her first march, but it re-affirmed her pro:life stance. =\\; :F' >,j,. Nine-year-old Aubrey Uebelhor was the youngest partici- pant in the March for Life from the Diocese of Evansville. She is a member of St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. -- Message photo by Mike Woolsey i iii i i COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home[ Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc, 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 This year, the German exchange student who is living with the Woe- bkenberg family accompanied Kristy to Washington. Kristy says she was able to watch the march this year through her friend's eyes. "Every year, one of the marchers dresses up as the Grim Reaper." He carries a doll, which is "bloody and cut apart" to visu- ally represent exactly what hap- pens to a baby during an abortion. "I had seen him before," Kristy said, "but this year, I watched the reaction of the German exchange student." That drama- tization presents the "truth about abortion," Kristy believes. Father Jack Durcholz, associ- ate pastor at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand, also marched in Washington. He con-celebrated Mass at the basilica, and esti- mates that there were between 200 and 300 priests at the Mass. The march the next day was "awesome," he says. "It was just a wall of people, and I was real- ly impressed." The crowd was "very peaceful," and he believes the march "had a great impact on people's awareness. It was very inspirational." Father Durcholz added, "It's so easy to sit at home and say you are against abortion, but to get involved gives you a differ- ent perspective." + :, . Kurt Klein, a member Of Holy Family Father Jack Durcholz, associate pastor at Church, Ferdinand, participate in the -- Message photo Mike Uebelhor agrees. The march "gives you a booster shot in the arm for any pro-life efforts. You see masses of people there with the same stance." He estimates that three- to four-hundred thou- sand people attended this year's march. One of the reasons that the march was attended by more par- ticipants this year, Uebelhor believes, was the focus on the par- tial-birth abortion issue. "They wanted to get vocal about it. There is no doubt that it exposed the tion, and brought page. Now, child." Uebelhor pro-life, you D.C. trip to see the to get your He has before, and it again, but that "on have to have Have you had difficulty qualifying for standard life Catholic Knights of introduces BENE00 OLENT 30% Ist yr 2nd yr 3rd yr * Unlike some issue" policies, begins at issue and annually for coverage up to Annual Pre for each $1,000 MALE Age 50 44.59 Age 60 71.46 Age70 119.42 Available ageS Annual Premiums beginning as low as $50 For more information call our National Office at I : , or our area represenative: ]  Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 F " | Donald I. Traylor ranms Schutte | President Phone: 486-3285 .......... P.O. Box 20 * Englefleld, Indiana {812} 867-6342 :I