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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July Continuing the abortion debate Special to the Message By JOHN W. MCMULLEN The current debate about abortion is long overdue. For too long most Americans have simply stood by or gone along with the popular media and culture which frames abortion as an issue of per- sonal choice and women's rights. The real issue is one of human rights and what abor- tion really does to the abor- tee. Neither of these are the focus of true deliberation. The present crisis of abortion parallels the slavery question of one hundred Thirty-seven (137) years ago. As was slav- ery, abortion is about the na- ture of human life and com- munity. Under current laws, no child is legally protected emotional distress of being denied an abortion. The so- cial health (i.e. prom, cheer- leading squad) of a girl may be wiped out by (miscalcu- lated promiscuity leading to) an unplanned pregnancy. This is abortion anytime, any- where, for any reason. Any- one who disputes this does not know the legal rights con- tained in Roe. The fact is that the National Abortion Rights Action League, Planned Parenthood, pro-abortion lobbyists, and a willing media have kept the majority of Americans from knowing the truth about abor- tion. The strategy used by the pro-abortionists has been one of diversion. Keeping atten- tion on peripheral issues while ignoring abortion. Most abortions are performed for non-medical reasons 95%. An alarming number of pregnancies are being termi- nated because the unborn child is not the preferred sex. Sex selection abortions are disproportionately performed on unborn females. So much for the pro-woman propa- ganda. Many people have scoffed when they are told that nearly a third of every pregnancy in America is aborted. Yet on March 25, 1993, the United Nations re- leased abortion statistics and percentages from countries around the world: In the United States 30% of preg- nancies are terminated by procured abortion. This is still low compared to Roma- nia where 75% of all preg- nancies are terminated.. These statistics are readily available from being killed bv abortion. This is the brutal truth. In 1973 Roe v Wade and its companion case Doe v. Bolton guaranteed that a woman has the right to obtain an abortion at any time dur- ing the nine months of preg- nancy. Some quibble over vi- ability but that is so ambiguous given the number of healthy premature births and the number of unhealthy" full term babies. However, the key criteria for the right to an abortion dealt with the mother's health. Health in the Supreme Court's ruling could mean everything from physi- ological to sociological health. The point is that for rea- sons of the mother's "health" an exception for abortion must be granted-even if it is merely the psychological or IIII posmoN AVAILABLE - PART TIME DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION St. John's, a small central city parish in Evansville, is seeking a part-time D.R.E. to work in team ministry. Applicant should have some experience in religious education or related area. Desire to work with children in a primarily African-American community is a must. Please write or call: Mrs. Latoski McCarty or Fr. Earl Rohleder Search Committee, St. John's Church 617 Bellemade Ave. 812-424-9261 PAULS PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 4254364 Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler C-Wo Dervery I I Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy 'rction Se - Sundm - Coxcs IV,glzJmm - "We Deiive Comer Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 III Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Deliven] 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 i to the general public. We are now at the point where it is protocol to boast of the killings. However, of the women who have had abor- tions, many say that if they had known what it was they were aborting they never would have gone through with the procedure. Simple biological and medical infor- mation is often kept from the women. More and more women are now coming for- ward and exposing the abor- tionists who failed to tell them the whole truth about the nature of their infant. There are even some children who have survived attempted abortions. They are living proof and witnesses to the fact that a child is a child no matter her size or age, They prove to be flies in the pro- abortion soup. (One such child is Anna Rosa Rodriguez of New York. In the eighth month of her fetal life, her mother went in for a safe and legal abortion. But only her right arm was "aborted" in what turned out to be a botched abortion in 1991. This 'one armed bandit' stole away and was born alive.) In the Dred Scot v. Sand- ford decision of 1857 the lib- erty of owning slaves was up- held. Nevertheless, there were dissenters. Justice Curtis wrote in his dissent from that ruling, "When a strict inter- pretation of the Constitution, according to fixed rules which govern the interpreta- tion of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meanings, we no longer have a Constitution; we are under the government of men, who for the time being have power to declare what the constitution is, ac- cording to their own views of what it ought to mean." In the famous Lincoln-Dou- glas debates, Abraham Lin- coln was on the cutting edge of popular opinion. Most peo- ple wanted to hedge the issue of whether slavery was right or wrong, and focus instead on whether the government was going to allow peoph; to make their own particular choices (in this case, the choice to own slaves). During the presidential debates of 1858, Stephen Douglas al- ways maintained that, while he was personally opposed to slavery, he wuld not legislate against it t)ecause he believed it was up to the people. Lin- coln replied. "...when Judge Douglas says that whoever, or whatever community, wants slaves, they have a right to them , he is perfectly logical (correct) as long as there is nothing wrong in the institu- tion (of slavery); but if you admit that it is wrong, he can- not logically say that anybody has a right to do a wrong." Douglas continued to de- fend the right of people to own slaves while repeatedly denouncing those who char- acterized him as being pro- slavery. Time and time again Douglas said that slavery was a personal and private deci- sion in which the federal gov- ernment had no right to inter- fere. During the campaign, Douglas claimed that he was not pro-slavery, but thought the individual citizen should be allowed to make their own choices about moral issues like slavery. He was also known to belittle Lincoln for opposing the Dred Scot deci- sion which upheld the 'right' to own slaves. The decision treated slaves as mere prop- erty. Douglas maintained that he was not pro-slavery, but pro-choice! Lincoln was elected to the presidency, and in his First Inaugural Address he said, "The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court...the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that ex- tent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that 'eminent tribunal.'" There is pretty good indica- MILLER & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 Depressed? Suicidal? Feeling Hopeless? 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Many of the P abortion crowd do . that the unborn child is human life, but it does deserve the legal S tatas;a ;/ such. Anyone familar witl ! the abortion in knows that it is bad for tion business to a] jority of people to see ality of the young womb. It is rule in abortion malls to n allow the video screen the ultrasound image child to be turned the customer. This may courage business. The pose for the use in abortion malls is to the abortionist during t moval of the product ception (child). Any ing parts of the child, once it is can cause infection t( mother. Ironically, nology of fetology sists many doctors, and unborn children, is strument being used that all of the body P properly and effec tioned out. When a from an abortion, do not accept any reSl bility. They say it is fault. The focus of conC the abortion doctor reputation of the business. This is a tl dously disturbing the multi-million tion industry. The similarity fact that it has t years for some to There are still some als who balk at the ! .that blacks are Today there are th( deny the hu: born child. I will take time fol admit that a child Yet there was alsO when Jews were non-human and any of history knoWS pened. Main 217 E. Main Phone: