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:% August 2, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 III I I I I Congress urged to override veto of partial-birth abortion ban WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The heads of the national conferences for men and women religious urged Congress to override Pres- ident Clinton&apos;s veto of the par- tial-birth abortion ban, saying it was about "infanticide." h "For the past three months we ave been horrified by the argu- ments that have raged around this issue," said a July 25 joint statement from the president of the Conference (if Major Superi- ors of Men, Vincentian Father Joseph Levesque, and the presi- dent of the Leadership Confer- ence of Wom(.ll lleliious, Fran- ciscan Sistc,' Nancy Hchreck. HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC LicenseO, Boqdec * insurea Industrial Commercial and Residentai PO. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstai, !N 47639 812-768-5207 1-800J66-2787 "Our hearts and souls are stunned by the brutality of this procedure," they wrote, "and dis- mayed by the confusing social, technological, and political anal- ysis of it that seems to have deadened our moral response." Father Levesque and Sister Schreck said their concerns about the partial-birth abortion procedure are "rooted in a con- sistent ethic of respect for the sa- credness ofhunmn life," particu- larly children, whom they described as tle "most vulnera- t)le members of the human con> lnunity." The procedure, used in hit('- i ill i ,.i ,al, .l'/a tto .?1 t s ,St IM}o ",:r:,}, \\;\ B ..... i'; \\;! . \\;i , FT ' I-RH: I, IRS'I I,l;S'()\\; l' 1201 S Bennigt-of Evansvi/e. IN .$7714 (8t2) 477-2233 i i .llll .l i AUTO TOPS, SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER , term abortions, calls for a doctor to partially deliver the unborn child before surgical scissors are stabbed into the base of the in- fant's head. The child's brain is then removed by suction, allow- ing for easier delivery of the rest of the body. President Clinton vetoed the ban on the partial-birth abor- tions in April when the measure reached his desk after a biparti- san ttouse vote approved the Senate version of the Partial- Birth Abortion Ban Act. The an- ticipated votes to override the veU) have not been scheduled :,,:'t, Father Luvesque and Sister Schreck. r(,presentin th(, 113,000 religious aiders, br.th- ers and priests of }m Unitt<i States, said their experience of working with the, poor and their conmAtment to Catholic social teaching tells thein the partial- I I IIN I II I I , Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 Faith Seeking Unders0000anding: Continuing Your E&u'ation at Saint Meinr00r00g A FEW FALL '96 OFFERINGS: SEPTEMBER 7-8, OCTOBER 5-6, NOVEMBER 9-10 Human Sexuality: Moral Teaching and Pastoral Care by Rev. Richard Spark CSP A course exploring lmman sexuality from the Catholic perspective (graduate level c()urse). SEPTEMBER 16-20 The Creative Parish by Rev. William Bausch An insightful program for new pastors and pastoral leaders by a dynamic pastor and highly acclaimed author. OCTOBER 4 Medical Ethics in the '90s by Rev. Richard Spark, CSP A workshop for medical professionals wanting to learn the basics of medical ethics on the job. OCTOBER 10 A Day of-Reflection for Retiring Priests: The Spiritual Call of Later Life by.Jane Marie )it)ault, PhD Particip:mts will I)e invted t() "see" aging :is an invitation to deepening spirituality and connectedness to God, others, and self. NOVEMBER 11-15 Expanding the Focus of Spiritual Direction by air. Stet,en Wirth A practical, as well as spiritual, workshop to enhance the director's role in this sacred relationship. For a complete list of programs and course offerings, contact: Sr. Barbara C. Schmitz, OSB Office of Continuing Education Saint Meinmd School of Theology St. Meinrad, IN ,t7577 fX 5ni]r, (812) 357-6599, (800) 730-9910, FAX (812) 35%6816 School of Theology birth abortion procedure "nmst not be tolerated." "When we legalize this proce- dure, we cross the line from be- nign neglect of our children to di- rect assault on the weakest and most defenseless among them," they said. Having listened to the debates about this abortion procedure for months, they said, there seems to be "no medical consensus that this brutal fiwm of treatment is ever truly necessary in light of other, more humane procedures available that seek to ,:,nhanc( the possibility (H' It,: su:",ival of" b(,',h child nnd .'.,th< ,,'." }c c,nd!'rencc c;:r]( rs S[}e'SSc)'C{ [}i,.t[ ".,!iC/1 Li!I(.! \\;s;l'i(:?gi F(- ti;i()ts b.txu ,;t}',\\;-a3 }ue: ccI> corned with s,ciet}<> tAm..rabiv !ntqll[K!Y:- i!] [}'tOi!" COY[111/i{IT1tqlt [0 human rights, adeqnate medical care, education and protection fl'om violence. In contrast, they questioned society's apparent lack of concern for all its mem- bers. "Has our society begun to look upon loce for its children with la- bels, categories, statistics, politi- cal strategies and debates rather than the tenderness and love to which our human imagination and hearts call us?" they asked. 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