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5': 8 ,  Message. for Catholi of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment L other's  is to determine what the hurtful situation is revealing about us; mirrored hack to us. Perhaps you are in the habit of putting la2, Rockport, lN 47asaJ Pro-abortion movie called 'a cheap propaganda p" By lMARK PATTISON " Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new movie uses "every argu- ment I've ever heard," includ- ing false arguments, to press for abortion rights, according to the spokeswoman of the U.S. bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. Helen Alvare said the movie, "Rain Without Thun- der," is meant to serve as a "public alarm" for supporters of legal abortion. The movie, which is being shown initially at just one screen in large U.S. cities, de- tails in docudrama fashion a test case in which a college student and her mother in the year 2042 are found guilty of the "Unborn Child Kidnap- ping Act," designed to pre- vent rich women from going abroad to get an abortion. The new law, according to the movie, was put into effect when other laws against "fetal murder" were seen to disproportionately affect poor mothers, who are jailed for the crime. The movie stars Betty Buckley, Jeff Daniels, All Thomas, Linda Hunt, Austin Pendleton, Graham Greene and Frederic Forrest. "I don't imagine how you in good conscience could take part in the movie" if an actor had pro-life beliefs because of the film's "unvarnished mes- sage," Alvare said. The movie's title, taken from a quote from black abo- litionist Frederick Douglass at the end of the film, was "very disturbing from a human rights perspective," she added. Douglass fought against slavery for blacks "to he free and to live, and to equate it to this message -- death to chil- dren -- has to be disturbing to African-Americans," AI- rare said. Michele Kreger, a Washing- ton-based publicist for the film, said there is a national strategy to sponsor "discus- sions" on abortion after invi- tation-only previews to "Rain Without Thunder." "They're discussions. I wouldn't call it a debate. A debate could get kind of ugly, I'd think," Kreger said. One such discussion was to take place Feb. 9 in Chicago. Pro- life speakers who agreed to take part were Joseph Schiedler of the Pro-Life Ac- tion League and Paige Cun- ningham of Americans United for Life. "Yeah, why not?" Schiedler said when asked if her would debate. "It's not going to change minds." The only question worth answering, he added, was, "Do you want to be a sacrificial lamb for NOW?" NOW is the National Organization for Women. Schiedler said he was told "there would be lots of media" on hand to witness the debate. Myrna Gutierrez of Americans United for Life said both pro-life and abor- tion-rights groups would get about 75 tickets so their sup- porters could see the movie and debate. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence Office for Film and Broadcasting has classified the film O  morally often- "Funeral Pr00Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 sive  because it "unfairly caricatures the moral issue of abortion." "Rain Without Thunder," said Henry Herx, director of the USCC office, "is a cheap propaganda piece ing cardboard figure! human beings and guments for conflicting principles." 14 DAYS -- JULY !4-27 Round trip airfare from Evansville. Accommodations at First Class hotels; Most meals i Services professional tour director Comprehensive All service charges and local --- $2,995.00-00 Fr. Joseph Ziliak will be your host for this tour Visit such cities as Corinth, Delphi, Thesealoniki, EphesuS, as well as Athens. Many of these cities also play an important role in the journeys and writings of Paul, the Apostle. Also enjoy a 3-day cruise to the Aegean Sea Islands of Mykonos, Rhodes and Patmos. Patmos is tl island where John, the Evangelist, was exiled and from where he penned the Book of Revelations. Buehlers I.G.A. '"HE THRIFT HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS AND MEATS Also Huntingburg and Oakland City i I JI i BECHER & KLUESNER FUNERAL HOME Downtown Chapel, 214 E. 7th North Chapel, 33rd Newton II I I i KREMPP LUMBER CO. WHOLESALE BUILDING MATERIAL DIS- TRIBUTION & GENERAL CONTRACTING YARD CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6939 JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER | MAIL TO: Fr. Joseph Zillak 625 Frame Rd. Newburgh, IN 47630 I would like to know more your tour. Please send me tional information. Name Address Cty State/ZIP