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October 6, 1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 AFL-CIO presidential candidates asked about abortion position WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The leading candidate for the AFL-CIO presidency said that in his union for service employ- ees "we support full reproduc- tive services for all women," but he later told Catholic News Service he personally supports the AFL-CIO's neutral stance on the issue. The abortion issue was raised in a September debate in Los Angeles between John J. Sweeney, president of the Service Employees Interna- tional Union and the acknowl- edged front-runner in the Oct. 23 election, and his opponent, CUrrent AFL-CIO president Thomas Donahue. SWeeney told the debate au- d!ence, that in his union, nOWn by its initials SEIU, we have full and open debate on the choice issue." "We believe that whether and when to have children is a personal decision, and govern- meat should not be interfering. We believe that government interference has the greatest impact on working and poor women," he also noted. However, in an interview with CNS Oct. 2, he said: "I should have confirmed my sup- port of the AFL-CIO policy." "But," he told CNS, "I had an obligation (during the de- bate) to support the position my union had taken. I did not make that point clear in terms of responding to the question." During the debate, Donahue said he believes the abortion- neutral position remains the wisest course for the federa- tion, which represents 15 mil- lion workers. Both Sweeney and Donahue are Catholic. Sweeney's union was one of the unions that five years ago sought a position on abortion rights from the AFL-CIO. Hearings were held and among those testifying at the time was Msgr. George G. Hig- gins, retired U.S. Catholic Con- ference secretary for social con- cerns. 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She asked Donahue in particular about his running mate's "openly anti- choice" stance. "Is that your vision for working women?" she asked. Donahue said that "the issue of choice to me is a highly per- sonal one and I, as a man, am not about to decide for you or for another woman." He said that abortion "is, as you well know, a highly divi- sive issue, one that has been twice addressed by AFL-CIO committees. We conducted hearings across the country." "We tried to see if there was a consensus and concluded that there was not, and the committee voted that the fed- eration not take a position in the choice debate," he said. Memorial football feeder league approaches mid-season The following information was submitted for publication by Thomas J. Jones, league president In the first game of the af- ternoon, Andy Herman of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John scored the first TD on a 37-yard run in the second quarter, against Christ the King/Holy Spirit. The point after touchdown was no good. Herman scored again in the third quarter with a 57-yard run. Again, the PAT failed. Andy Padgett added the sec- ond touchdown of that quarter when, recovering his balance after a near-tackle, he ran 47 yards to the goal line. Andy Herman kicked the extra mint. There was no score in : Our Lady of ,, Snows tours Way of Lights Nov. 19th and Dec. 17th Tour: "The Journey;" Lights: Gingerbread Walk: Holy Mass Call Jackie Kinsler (812) 963-5533 the fourth quarter. Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John shut-out Christ the King/Holy Spirit 19-0 to take sole possession of first place. The second game was a hard- fought defensive game between St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer and St. Benedict/Holy Name. The only score of the game came in the fourth quarter when Craig Emig of St. Benedict1oly Name. on a quarterback keeper, took the ball in from the one-foot line. Matt Miller added the PAT on a pass from Emig, for the 7-0 win. Play resumes Oct. 8, when St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer takes on Christ the King/Holy Spirit at 1 p.m., followed by the Holy Rosary/Good Shep- herd/St. John game with St. BenedicVHoly Name at 2:30. In Flag League play, St. Benedict remains undefeated with the win over St. Theresa. Holy Rosary defeated Christ the King. im i HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC: Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 Kimball International Jasper, Indiana MILLER &: MILLER I i RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY THOMAS A. RUDER Timely Information For Tri-State Investors Since 1976 ST(XrKS RETIREMENT PLANS IRA'S TAX FREE I.)NDS MUTUAL FUNI)S iNSURED CD's MONEY MARKET FUNDS .) E MORGAN AVE. 473-0225 TOI,L FREE 1-''h62-RUI)ER Edward D. 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