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00eMessageMonthy orCathoi00o Southwesteo nd-- I 3 ] " d id bj f S bill ssmte suic e is su ect o e00L00ate COLEEN WILLIAMS "chain-like setting of suicide Coercion of terminally ill, 3,000 patients, she stated, quality of life, and a cominit- I Indiana Catholic Conference I !',Who will decide public [ !I,c.Y for Indiana? Will it be | Y' Kevorkian or the Indiana | gislature?,, So challenged ern' Joseph Zakas (R- t,,gerj as he defended his 112 8B-477, prohibiting as- ite Suicide in Indiana. i On" Zakas, an attorney, suc- [ s;rlly urged tile Senate I ^, Ctions, Criminal and [ i  Procedure Committee to [ ;,t, Upon the bill by allowing i " to be h "   card in the full i ete. I II;UOt 2}u-re to act is tanta- 4a u our accepting sui- 'e sas o public policy. Our aid  silent on the matter," e state senator, noting ?he committee voted 5-2 e SB 477 to the a district in Sen. Zakas sed concern over the actions of Dr. ian  the "suicide to an arti- Bend Tri- told the group that Kevorkian said he of moving to doctor did inti- interest in forming a centers" for such a practice. Responding to Kevorkian's actions, Michigan lawmakers expedited an immediate ban on assisted suicide in the state by passing a bill which the governor signed last week. (Kevorkian assisted the sui- cide of a Crown Point resi- dent a few weeks ago and has continued his "practice" un- abashedly despite earlier ac- tions by state legislators to issue a temporary ban.) Dr. M. Desmond Ryan, ex- ecutive director of the Indi- ana Catholic Conference, gathered several persons rep- resenting various health fields to speak, upon the re- quest of Sen. Zakas. Father Joseph Rautenberg, ethicist and priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, spoke on behalf of the ICC in support of the bill. "Catholic teaching opposes euthanasia as a violation against God and self," he stated. "Assisted suicide and euthanasia are cutting at the roots of moral life." Observing the probability of a "slippery slope" in assisted suicide practice, Father Rant- enberg pointed out that be- ginning with "the most com- pelling cases" assisting of suicide woffld lead to those who are neither "terminal (nor) incompetent." "Where customers send their friends" Open nightly til 9 p.m. & Son 000,s m sou;, J.p., - 4sz-zm I b :I,. zze Gt_-- TOYOTA ,,!d You Kno 1 800 937 USA1 ] UL= W: - - - g8 CIERA is most trouble free car made in America J. D. Powers YOUTH MINISTRY. St. John the Baptist, Newburgh, Indiana is eking a full-time youth minister. Responsibilities Uld include 7th and 8th grade Religious cation Program, Confirmation preparation and oral Youth ministry program for junior high to Url ia. g adult. Certification in youth ministry or pohelor's degree in related field preferred. ,uon to sta Send resume and refe rt summer 1993. ,,, fences to Search Committee, C/O St. John's, ;959:rarne Rd., Newburgh, IN 47630 by March 15, I.G.A. IGREMPP & KLUNER HOME ,Chapel, 33rd Newton _ ,: , JASPER LUMBER CO. I lPh COMPLETE BUILDING i SERVICE : 482-112S FLIT. 4, JASPER J I I I especially the poor, is also disturbing. Those who think they are a burden on others or society may see assisted sui- cide as an "easy exit," he noted. Donna Haines, an R.N. in hospice care spoke for the In- diana Association of Hos- pices. As defined by the Na- tional Hospice Organization, hospice care is "an interdisci- plinary program at palliative services for terminally ill people and their families. Emphasis is on symptoms control and the care is di- rected to the patient/family unit." "The greatest danger . . . is that Dr. Kevorkian's way is seen as the only way," she said. "There is. another choice  hospice care." Last year, they served over "Hospice has become so pop- ular that is is covered by Medicare and third-party payers." Thomas Marzen, general counsel of the National Legal Center for the Medically De- pendent and Disabled, stressed the need for a ban on assisted suicide in Indiana. There is no assurance aga!nst assisted suicide in our state, Marzen explained. There is no case law inter- preting assisted suicide as a form of homicide. James Dittoe, vice-president of public relations for Ancilla Hospital Systems in northern Indiana, emphasized their hospitals' mission which as- sures the dignity of a person, and among other significant principles, an affirmation of life at all stages, stewardship, ment to the poor. Dr. Neil Irick, a pain spe- cialist, presented his position statement supporting SB 477. An attorney for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Richard Waples, opposed the bill, citing the difficulty of end-of-life decisions and a need for personal autonomy in such matters. In a prepared statement given to the committee, the ICC affirmed a moral obliga- tion to care for one's life and health. ICC recognized that all patients much be assured "adequate comfort and com- passionate care in illness and especially in the dying process." However, one can- not care for patients by "de- liberately eliminating" them. Michigan legislators praised for action LANSING, Mich. (CNS) Catholic leaders praised the Michigan Legislature Feb. 25 for attempting to bring Dr. Jack Kevorkian's activities to a halt by moving up the effec- tive date of the state ban on assisted suicide. Meanwhile, Kevorkian faced other legal challenges in Michigan, where prosecu- tors were considering bring- ing murder charges in the Feb. 15 death of Hugh Gale, and in California, which was moving to revoke Kevorkian's medical license. "While lawmakers and the courts will, no doubt, con- tinue to debate this issue, the church's teaching remains consistent," said Archbishop Adam J. Maida of Detroit. "Opening the door to the concept of 'assisted suicide' is truly a very dangerous thing," he added. "Simply put, it suggests that we can make ourselves God and de- cide when and how we r _zz_00 Funeral Homes I I Four ZIEMER-SHEARS , Convenient Locations EAST CHAPEL I 800 S. HEBRON AVE. I I LENTEN FIS H FRYS Every Friday During Lent (except Good Friday) 4:30 p.rn. --- 7:00 p.m. (Feb. 26 - April 2) Adult--- $5.50 (50 off coupon each week) Children -- $2.50 Chicken Nuggets $1.99 I I I NATIVITY I l I I 11 ............... 3635 Pollack Ave. Between Greenriver & Vann 476-71Q8 should die or someone else should die." Mercy Sister Monica Kostielney, executive vice president for public affairs at the Michigan Catholic Con- ference, welcomed the Feb. 25 votes in the Michigan House and Senate to make the state law on assisted sui- cide effective immediately, instead of March 30. "We call upon people of good will to reflect on the value of life and its ultimate meaning and to prepare for such time when difficult de- cisions become imminent and to chooe always to uphold  the path of life over the ways of death," she said. As he signed the legislation late Feb. 25, Michigan Gov. John Engler said Kevorkian, "has clearly crossed the line." "Most of the people of Michigan are uncomfortable with the power he's assumed for himself," he said. "No one wants to see a loved one suf- fer, but Jack Kevorkian doing his thing is simply too Intlch.'" Kevorkian has assisted in 15 suicides since 1990. The possible murder charge arose after a member of a pro- life group called Advocates for Life Ministries gave prose- cutors a document purporting to show that Gale, the 13th victim, had changed his mind about suicide but was not al- lowed to remove a mask through which he was inhal- ing carbon monoxide. 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