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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Alan Keye00 Right to Life speaker: Save the unborn, save our nation By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Alan Keyes believes this country is in the midst of a great crisis, marked by un- precedented violence. And he believes that this spirit of vio- lence began in 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court voted "against the sanctity of human life" in its Roe v. Wade deci- sion. This erosion, this "creeping loss of respect for human life" must be stemmed, Keyes be- lieves, charging the pro-life movement with the challenge because they are "just the same as the people who built this country." Keyes was in Evansville last week to speak to a crowd of 3,000 at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner. Harvard-educated Keyes has served as a U.S. ambassador, and is an author, educator and columnist. He is also a candi- date for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. Keyes began his speech by reminding the audience that in their efforts to overturn pro- abortion legislation, they stand in the tradition of those who challenged slavery and those who fought for civil rights. We stand as America's hope right now." He said the founding fathers "warned us, Lincoln warned us that the decisive moment of choice for the American people would in.valve the crisis of character, the crisis of the heart. It's not a question of what kind of things we will have, but what kind of people we will be. The American dream is the dream of moral dignity." That dream of moral dignity has been slowly eroding since the 1973 Supreme Court deci- sion, he said, explaining that here will not be peace in our streets as long as there is violence in the womb. the country has" "changed in its perception of what is accept- able. (In 1973) we were as- sured that there would never be abortions past the first trimester." Recently, President Bill Clinton vetoed the partial birth abortion ban. "The pro-choice movement kept moving the line, from first trimester, and now there is no- line at all. Now as life emerges it can be taken. Then, why not a little later, and then a little later. Then the young, Then older. Then depending how we feel about the quality of life." Keyes believes that the abor- tion question finds its answer in the Bible. "As Christians, if we base our lives on the Bible, how can we countenance abor- tion? The Bible is very clear on this. It leaves us out of it. And the whole argument about what is going on in the womb is irrelevant." He added, "The creator fash- ions us in his mind, and we are whole. We are all present to his mind, before we know our- selves. We are a consequence of his mind, not the mother's wishes. "Life in the womb is the fully-formed will of the creator and we have no choice but to accept it." Keyes believes that "where the Bible ends -- in the conclu- sion that God is the source of life -- that's where our nation began. Our forefathers set forth the idea that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. That document says that our funda- mental rights come from God." He then asked, "What happens as we reject that fundamental truth?" The abortion issue is about "deep moral principles, about taking God out of the Declara- tion and out of our lives." Keyes links the violence in society, the "intense depravity that is overtaking our young people, to the spirit of violence that began in 1973 when the Supreme Court voted against Community examples cited at Right to Life annual banquet ::i ", i' 'ii, i'!iiiiii@ili iiiiii:', ,,iiii!!ilii i  '!i i 'ii'il Two-hundred-sixty-eight teenagers met before he addressed the annua Right to Life banquet. Above, teens hold E. before the speeches began. -- Message the sanctity of human life. There will not be peace in our streets as long as there is vio- lence in the womb." He reminded the audience that "we are just the same as the people who built this coun- try. We are meant to be an ex- ample to all humankind of D.O.W.N.T.O'W'N 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES, IN 47591 lib CRANEY'S BODY SHOP, INC. Complete Body Repair & Refinishing Cars, Pick-ups, & Semis Rt. 4 Veale Creek Rd. Washington, IN Fred D. Craney (812) 254-6412 what a "As we save born), we save! we save them, selves." Ed. L. 101 North Me, WashingtO0, L H 320 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Among the honored partici- pants in the Vanderburgh County Right to Life Banquet were Mary and Robert Win- necke of Evansville. Their story, and the details of their daughter Natalie's life and death, are among the stories that were featured in the ban- quet's program booklet. Natalie, her husband An- thony, and Anthony's sister Debbie were shot and killed in 1994. Debbie's husband was convicted of the crime. Mary Winnecke testified at the trial, asking that the life of the con- victed murderer be spared. "The Lord carried each of us," she was quoted as saying. "He alone gives us peace and freedom fi'om hate. My daugh- ter taught me to love, my Lord has given mE the strength to love." The "Natalie Anthony Award" badge for girls in scouting has been established at Holy.Redeemer School, by Linda Ketzner, a scout leader. She said she "wanted to set up a memorial" and more than a UNITED $O BANK MMIEII OlD NAlqtNAL RaN,OI WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE Ambassador Alan Keyes autographs a program book for Mary and Robert Winnecke at the conclusion of the Van- derburgh County Right to Life Banquet. --Message photo by Paul R. Leingang memorial, "a way to keep their life alive and to teach more about Christianity and how to live each day like it is the last." Kim, The daughter of Na- talie and Anthony, is in the ju- nior troop at Holy Redeemer School. 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