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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishops' committee chairman lauds house partial-birth WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The House vote of 285-137 to over- ride President Clinton's veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was applauded by the chair- man of the U.S. bishops' Com- mittee for Pro-Life Activities, who urged the Senate to do like- wise. The two-thirds vote needed to override a presidential veto was considered less likely in the Sen- ate. A vote there was expected before Congress adjourns for the year at the end of the week of Sept. 23. "I congratulate the House of Representatives for its moral and civic leadership today by voting to overturn President Clinton's veto," said a statement from ,the committee chairman, Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston. "The practice of partial-birth abortion must stop if we are to be a civilized nation," the cardi- nal said. "No decent society can long endure lethal callousness toward any human beings, espe- cially those who are very little or very sick." Seventy Democrats joined 215 Republicans in approving the override Sept. 19. Voting against the override were 15 Republi- cans, 121 Democrats and the one Independent in the House. Twelve members did not vote. The original House bill passed in November 1995 by a margin of 288-to 139. The final bill approved by 54-44 in the Senate in December added a provision allowing the procedure to be used if the pregnant woman's life is in danger. The Sept. 19 override total actually was one vote short of the number of House members who supported the final Senate bill in April, when it passed by 286-129. In comment on the House floor before the vote, the bill's sponsor, Rep. Charles Canady, R-Fla., said the procedure "has shocked the conscience of the American people." The U.S. Catholic bishops have led a massive campaign to push for the override. Millions of sets of postcards to members of Con- gress were distributed through Catholic parishes. A week before the vote, eight active U.S. cardi- nals were among more than 70 prelates and Xtndreds of area Catholics who held a prayer ser- vice on the subject on the steps of the Capitol. Canady's office reported the House Post Office received more than 2.7 million postcards sup- porting the bill. Individual members of Congress reported receiving as many as 18,000 postcards and phone calls sup- porting the measure and only a handful opposing it. Here is the text of Cardinal Law's sta'tement: "I congratulate the Representatives for and civic leadership voting to overturn Clinton's veto of a tial-birth abortion. mane practice kills the very process "The practice of abortion must stop if' be a civilized nation. society can long callousness toward beings, especially very little or very "We urge the U.S. follow the lead of the vote to override the veto." Bishops, others laud house override of partial-birth abortion By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Bishops and other pro-lifers praised the House vote to over- ride President Clinton's veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and called on the Senate to follow the House example. "I am very pleased," said a statement from Cardinal Antho- ny J. Bevilacqua of Philadel- phia. "This vote s a significaht step toward replacing our cul- ture of death with one which values life." He expressed "my sincere appreciation to the legislators who supported the override effort" and urged senators "to follow the lead of their col- leagues in the House and the will of the people and vote to ban this procedure which is so close to infanticide." "I congratulate the House of Representatives for its moral and civic leadership today by voting to overturn President Clinton's veto," said a statement from Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. "The practice of.partial-birth abortion must stop if we are to be a civilized nation," the cardi- nal said. "No decent society can long endure lethal callousness toward any human beings, espe- cially those who are very little or very sick." The House override vote Sept. 19 was 285-137. A two-thirds majority is needed in each chamber to override the veto. The Senate override vote was expected to be held before Con- gress adjourns at the end of Sep- tember. The Senate approved the ban, 54-44, last December, well short of the two-thirds margin need- ed to override. The U.S. bishops launched a postcard campaign at Catholic churches nationwide over the summer to urge Senate and House members to override the veto. The bill contains an exception to save the life of the mother. Clinton said he vetoed it because it lacked a provision that would have given excep- tions for health reasons, Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell of Lafayette, La., gave his con: gratulations to the Hous6 in a statement. "In the House, Democrats joined with Republicans and a number of people who usually vote pro-choice voted instead for the override," he said. "We pray that the Senate will follow, the example of the House of Representatives in hearing the concerns of their con- stituents." "The House has rejected aborting babies in the fifth month or later -- most of them perfectly healthy -- by pulling them feet-first alive from the womb, puncturing the skull, and removing their brains," said National Right to Life Commit- tee federal legislative director Douglas Johnson in a statement that described the procedure. "Few of the House's actions are as significant as this one," said a statement from Father Frank Pavane, national director of Priests for Life. "When the brutal killing of a baby is put forward as a 'medical proce- dure,' then it is time for the gov- ernment to stop it." Michael Ferguson, executive director of the Catholic Cam- paign for America, in lauding the override, said in a state- ment, "The hierarchy of the Catholic Church has been at the forefront of the campaign to educate American citizens about the medical facts of this heinous procedure, and their leadership has been unfailing." Ferguson added, "Catholic Americans can be proud of the positive impact the Catholic Church has had on this pressing moral issue." "Americans on both sides of U.S. representatives from Indiana vote for override The House of Representatives voted to override President Clin- ton's veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, on a 285-137 roll call vote Sept. 19. A "y.es" vote is a vote to overturn the veto. Included were the following: ILLINOIS Republicans -- Crane, Y; Ewing, Y; Fawell, Y; Flanagan, Y; Hastort, Y; Hyde, Y; LaHood, Y; Manzullo, Y; Porter, Y; Weller, Y. Democrats -- Collins, N; Costello, Y; Durbin, N; Evans, N; I I I Gutierrez, N; Jackson, N; Lipin- ski, Y; Poshard, Y; Rush, N; Yates, N. INDIANA Republicans -- Burton, Y; Buyer, Y; Hostettler, Y; McIntosh, Y; Myers, Y; Souder, Y. Democrats -- Hamilton, Y; Jacobs, Y; Roemer, Y; Visclosky, Y KENTUCKY Republicans -- Bunning, Y; Lewis, Y; Rogers, Y; Whitfield, Y. Democrats w Baesler, Y; Ward, N. People we care about. ,. Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben- efit by some extra prayers and attention. * Services for Benedictine Father Dunstan McAndrews, who died Sept. 18, were held Sept. 21 at St. Meinrad Church, with burial in the archabbey cemetery. Father McAndrews began studies at the minor seminary at St. Meinrad in 1922. In 1927, he began the novitiate, and he was ordained to the priesthood in 1933. After ordination, he taught history in the seminary at St. Meinrad, and then began a course of studies toward a master of arts degree in history from DePaul University. In 1937, he was appointed campus director at St. Meinrad. For the next three decades, he continued to teach, and to orga- nize physical activities for the students that are as legendary as his Latin classes. Students who belonged to the "Ablative Absolute Club" discovered his inventive way- of joining physical activity with Latin grammar. In 1965, he was sent to the archabbey's dependent house, St. Charles Priory in Oceanside, Calif. From 1967 to 1976, he served as chaplain to the Precious Blood Sisters in New Riegel, Ohio. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, the life debate have joined together to say that this cruel procedure goes too far," said a statement by Family Research Council president Gary Bauer. Bauer added, "When the polit- ical elite use the bully pulpit to argue that life has no value unless it's healthy, planned and desired, society's weakest mem- bers become vulnerable." Rep. Charles T. Canady, R- Fla., who sponsored the House version of the original bill, said in a statemefit, "A humane soci- ety has an obligation to stop this barbaric act which kills babies as they emerge We have taken a stop this insanity our children." Dissenting was man, president of the Abortion and Re Rights Action League. Michelman in a derided the timin of 19 vote -- fiw ton's veto but six the election -- and "the dented intrusion by into medical practice. simply unacceptable gress to be ! COMPLETE INSURANCE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency 1925 W. Franklin Street i I !iii!  i i !/i I  ii  i i i "i ............... You ARE INVITED ::JOURNEY TO o e @ @ e e e @ # # # # # t Presented by Father Jim DeManuele, C.P. 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