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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana May 13, 1988 I I I II II I 'Operation Rescue' disrupts abortion clinics00 By CINDY WOODEN NC News Service WASHINGTON {NC} -- Organizers of a weeklong "Operation Rescue" abortion protest were proclaiming vic- tory May 6 after netting almost 1,650 arrests for disrupting business at three New York abortion clinics. "Three out of the four days we kept the clinics closed," said Juli Loesch, Operation Rescue media coordinator. The peaceful conduct of those arrested during four separate protests "set a stan- dard for the way non-violent direct action should be carried out," Ms. Loesch said in a telephone interview with Na- tional Catholic News Service. New York police made the ar- rests May 2-6 as Operation Rescue participants sat and kneeled on sidewalks and streets outside the clinics. Peo- ple arrested May 2, May 3 and May 5 were charged with disorderly conduct and releas- ed. Some of the protesters ar- rested May 6 also were charged with resisting arrest. Among those arrested were New York Auxiliary Bishop Austin B. Vaughan, at least a dozen priests, four women Religious, more than 20 Protes- tant ministers and two Or- thodox rabbis. Many par- ticipants, including five priests and the Religious, were ar- rested two, three or four times during the protest. Bishop Vaughan was one of 503 protesters arrested May 2 at the Manhattan offices of Dr. Herbert Schwarz, a gynecologist who performs abortions. The bishop told Catholic New York, the arch- diocesan newspaper, that the acceptance of abort!pn on de- mand poses a "serious danger." Bishop Vaughan said if just talking about abortion would bring results, that's what he would do. "But the politicians as a group are ignoring the issue and there is not much be- ing done in the way of changing the laws and stopping the tremendous numbers of abor- tions," the bishop said. THE NEXT DAY police ar- rested 423 people, including Adele Nathanson, wife of pro- life advocate Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a former abortion practioner. The protesters that day blocked the entrance to the Queens Women's Medical Of- fice in Elmhurst, N.Y.. The participants used the following day, May 4, as a day of prayer and planning before staging their May 5 sit-in at the Women's Choice Gyn Services office on Long Island. Police made 401 arrests there. Protesters returned May 6 to Dr. Schwarz's office, where police made 320 arrests and threatened to charge the demonstrators with resisting ar- rest, a misdemeanor, if they went limp and forced police to carry them as they had done earlier in the week. Ms. Loesch said 186 people were arrested under both the disorderly conduct and the resisting arrest charges. The re- maining 134 protesters walked to police buses when asked to do so. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan South police precinct said that if found guil- ty, those charged with the disorderly conduct violation face a maximum sentence of 15 days in jail. Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor carrying a poten- tial penalty of up to one year in jail, she said. The National Organization for Women and Planned Parent- hood tried to get a court injunc- tion stopping Operation Rescue the week before it began, but the Supreme Court in Manhat- tan, the state's lowest court, refused. Abortion rights groups and the City of New York made another request May 4 with the U.S. District Court, and a restraining order was issued. The city claimed the protest had cost more than $250,000 in police overtime. U.S. District Judge Robert.J. Ward said the protesters could be assessed $25,000 fines for each day they violated the order with the funds being turned over to the National Organiza- tion for Women. But Michael Tierney, an attorney for Opera- tion Rescue, said that as of May 9 no fines had been assessed. William A. Marra, a professor of philosophy at Fordham University in New York and a pro-life candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, was among those arrested during Operation Rescue. GOlden jubilarians Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Schipp will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. Following the Mass, a dinner hosted by their children for invited guests will be held at the C. K. of A. Hall in St. Henry, Ind. Friends and relatives are invited to an open house from 2-4 p.m. in the C. K. of A. Hall. The couple requests no gifts. Mr. Schipp and the former Rose Tretter were married May 10, 1938 in St. Ferdinand Church. They have six children: Francis and Louis of Ferdinand, Harold of Greenfield, Alma Kreilein of Jasper, Norma Jerger of Washington and Vernita Williams of Loogootee. The couple also has 16 grandchildren. Mr. Schipp is a retired dairy farmer. He told NC News he risked arrest because "I want the two major candidates to say something about pro-life and pro-family issues." Abortion, he said, is a "moral wound" on the nation, but is being ignored by Vice President George H. Bush, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. Marra got 150 votes in the Feb. 16 New Hampshire primary, is on the New Jersey primary ballot and expects to be listed as a third-party candidate on the Connecticut general election ballot. The Union of Orthodox Rab- bis of the United States and Canada said in a statement after two of its members were ar- rested that "legalized abortion on demand has disastrously undermined America's entire moral foundation." The statement, by Rabbi Hersch Ginsberg, executive director, said the ' " ' orgamzatmn "strongly supports and en- courages all efforts to abolish legalized indiscriminate abor- tion, provided those efforts are peaceful and non-violent." Warm, safe, caring, smiling and Golden jubi!arians Mr. and Mrs: Raymond. J. Betz ceiebrated their 50th wedding an- niversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 30 at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. Mr. Betz and the former Catherine Knies were married Oct. lg, 1937 in St. Celestine Church, Celestine. They have five children: Father Kenneth Betz of Ireland; James Betz of Fort Branch; Mary Ellen Stenflenagel of San Antonio, Texas; Dr. Charles Betz of Rome, Georgia and Cynthia Pruski of Floresville, Texas. The couple also has ten grandchildren and two step- grandchildren. i i I Please patronize Message advertisers! 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