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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF. EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 25 February 26, 1993 movement must adandon old strategies, speaker says ANN HUGHES Message staff writer :linton's election to could prove to thing that has to the pro-life ng to Mark a pro-life activist of Life Activist rules of engage- changed now. With it is the end of g and time to to another phase." was the guest at the Vanderburgh to Life banquet fin Evansville; over the seventh an- who has been a the pro-life movement, says the Bill Clinton presidency may prove to be "the best thing that has happened to us. We can abandon old strategies that do not work for US. "As a long time activist in the pro-life movement, it has always concerned me that our front-line troops, including our political leaders, seem to- tally unprepared to go out and sell the pro-life position to the American people. Sim- ply put, there are fundamen- tals to this battle which they have not been trained to han- dle." Crutcher believes that one of the fundamental mistakes of the pro-life movement has been the belief "that you can make a pro-abortion person overwhelming number of pro- abortion people can't be changed. "However, we can change the people who are ambiva- lent," he said, adding that the battle over legalized abortion will not be decided by pro- life or by pro-abortion groups, but "by the people in the middle." In 1988, Crutcher devel- oped Life Activist Seminars in Texas. Since then, he has conducted seminars through- out the country which teach pro-lifers "how to sell their position to the American peo- ple and defend it against at- tack." The seminars "teach them how to sell the concept that unborn children have a right methods used by pro-li.fe. I would say that an to life." .Calling for human measure in budget process 0'BRIEN Service (CNS) -- et process e nation's d" fiscal and s, said the of a committee of as President presented new eco- in his State posturing, and postponing of the past :pntinue,- said a by Auxiliary of Bal- of the Conference's on Domestic Pol- 1'he statement was released Feb. 17, hours before Clin- ton's State of the Union mes- sage that called for $499 bil- lion in tax increases and spending cuts. Among other things, Clin- ton's economic plan proposes higher energy taxes for house- holds making more than $30,000, a freeze on federal workers' pay, an increase in income taxes for families making more than $140,000, cuts totaling $76 billion in Pentagon spending and $91 billion in pensions and auto- matic benefit programs, and taxes on Social Security bene- fits for couples earning more than $32,000 and individuals earning more than $25,000. Bishop Ricard's statement did not address any specific proposals. It said any budget plan must address the na- tion's "staggering" fiscal deficit and its "growing human deficit." "Our nation is wasting valuable human resources people who want to work and cannot find employment; children who lack the educa- tion, health care and housing that will help them grow into responsible and productive adults; and communities that breed violence and hopeless- ness instead of offering op- portunity and safety," it said. "We cannot continue to mul- tiply debt nor can we ignore the fiscal and social costs of neglecting basic human needs." The statement noted that it was "not the church's compe- tence or responsibility to pro- pose a 'moral' budget." But the statement did suggest four "directions for action" that should guide the debate: "Targeted cuts in federal spending," with only federal assistance to the poor ex- cluded from consideration of cuts. m "Tax reform, to raise revenue and "help meet basic needs of poor families." -- Cuts in and "redirec- tion" of military spending "to meet the defense and security challenges of a changing world." -- "Carefully targeted and disciplined investments to promote economic growth and employment, to address the human deficit and reduce current and future public costs." The statement.said every public policy -- especially budget policy -- should be measured by "how it touches the life, dignity and rights of the human person." In the field of foreign aid, it said, the United States "nmst resist the tempting, but dan- gerous, ,abandonment of global responsibility in a still hungry and hurting world, filled with refugees and vic- tims of violence and injustice." On tax reform, it called for a policy that would "raise the necessary revenue and pro- vide fairness for vulnerable families with children, with- out creating disincentives for charitable giving which also contributes to the common good and meeting the needs of the nation:" ,i " f i  ! :I!II