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1, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana A idates Clinton, Dole respond to USCC questionnaire O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON ,(CNS) to a U.S. Catholic questionnaire by Clinton and Bob Dole sharp differences on abor- namigration but also SOme areas of agree- responses,from the Demo- Republican candidates Were niailed to the Sept. 6 and made Catholic News Set- Candidate Week. Reform Ross Perot did to the USCC ques- no to the bishops, shun, director of of Government answers were POSsible use as material during of this election BY NANCY FRAZIER permit the can- questions on 13 topics shops' 1995 the Gospel of Among the Common Were asked to -aeh question with ' or "oppo," brief opposite tee abortion, relat- a COmprehensive School choice schools, questions related ates agreed, how- SUpport - for civil thuman rights, Protection and and their aws that would assisted suicide. In a section on the question- naire on "economic help for faro- ilies," both candidates also expressed support for "a reformed welfare system that rewards work and supports families with- out denying assistance to chil- dren based on the age or welfare dependence of their mother" and for "tax relief to low-income work- ing families with children." Clinton and Dole also backed "health care for poor families and children, theelderly and persons with disabilities" and "efforts to increase the minimum wage." On abortion, Clinton said he opposed and Dole said he sup- ported "'a constitutional mnend- ment that would protect the right to lit of unborn children." Clin- ton supported and Dole opposed the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. In response to a question about the law banning partial-birth abortions, which Clinton vetoed in April, the president said that when he was governor of Arkansas he had signed a bill that barred third-trimester abortions, 'ecith an appropriate exception for life or health." "If Congress sends the presi- dent a bill that bars third- trimester abortions with an appropriate exception for life or health, the president would sign it," Clinton added. Dole said on abortion, "In 1983, Bob Dole voted for a con- stitutional amendment over- turning Roe vs. Wade and still supports a constitutional amend- ment to restrict abortion subject to the exceptions of life of the mother, rape and incest. In 1996, Senator Dole voted for legislation banning partial-birth abortions." On the topic of arms and land mines, Clinton supported and Dole opposed a comprehensive nuclear test ban. Clinton opposed and Dole took no position on leg- islation to restrict or limit arms sales from the United States to other nations. Neither candidate gave a direct response to a question on "'an early permanent U.S. ban on the production, export and use of anti-personnel land mines" although both expressed support for an eventual global ban on anti-personnel land mines. On education, both candidates expressed support for efforts to overturn the Supreme Court's 1985 Aguilar vs, Felton decision, which limited federal serxdces to children with special needs at religious schools. But they differed on such financial assistance as tax cred- its, grants, Vouchers or scholar- ships to help parents pay for the school of their choice for their children. Clinton opposed such assistance, while Dole supported it. On immigration, both Clinton and Dole expressed opposition to "a national ID card system as a means of determining immigra- tion status in the workplace." But they disagreed on efforts to make legal immigrants ineli- gible for "all but emergency wel- fare benefits" ahd to require social service agencies receiving government funding to deter- mine the immigration status of their clients, Clinton opposed both moves, while Dole support- ed them. U UNT Clinton also opposed moves to reduce legal immigration num- bers by one-third, to limit cate- gories of relationship eligible for family unification, and to place a cap on the number of refugee admissions. Dole gave no direct response to those questions, but said in the comments section that he "has led the fight against illegal immi- gration to preserve legal immi- rch involvement in the political process lg guidelines for contacts with state or federal size educative objectives, or oppose candidates and that Confer- n with the the United nference. a.d Other insti. in SOme cases in issue.ori. Ltions SUch lobbying .Problem for astitutions, be an total are exam- about Port of legisla_ of letter and..oflmr .... legislators designed to educate them about certain issues and to develop support for legislation. Distribution of fliers con- taining a statement about an issue or issues before Congress or the Indiana legislature and also the names and addresses of senators and representatives. Preaching and distribution of pertinent information con- cerning particular issues, espe- cially those affecting human life. II. Non-partisan registra- tion and get.out.the-vote campaigns are proper and a recommended activity for parishes and church organi- zations. IIl. Materials prepared for use in education citizens including surveys or polls as described in the following paragraph -- _musL cmpha- .... IV. Surveys or polls of politi- eal candidates may be distrib- uted at churches, or reported in parish bulletins only if: * the poll is objectively word- ed and conducted; " poll results are accurately reported and free of bias; poll results do not contain discussions of issues; the poll is multi-issue involving a variety of issues (such as abortion, capital pun- ishment, criminal justice, hous- ing, parochial schools, pornogra. phy, sex education, euthanasia, immigration, welfare, etc.); the validity of the poll has been approved previously by the Indiana Catholic Conference or the diocesan attorney. parish bulletins containing reports of polls should point out the polls are distributed to inform and educate voters. V, Evaluations of candi- dates or political parties must be avoided. Prohibited actions include: encouraging readers or lis- teners (for example, in a homi- ly) to note for or against a par- ticular candidate or' party; labeling a candidate or part)" as "pro-school-aid" or "anti-life." Such a practice removes objec- tivity by not allowing readers to evaluate a candidate's position themselves. using plus (+) or minus (-) signs to evaluate the candidate or party. rating candidates or parties on a scale of "one to ten" for example, or otherwise saying "X is good; Y is better." that the.parJ'sh doeg if6tleSdor,e gration" and "supports a modest, temporary reduction in the annu- al rate of legal immigration," Dole also "believes that family unification should remain a cor- nerstone of U.S. immigration pol- icy" and that "America must con- tinue to be a land of opportunity for those willing to work hard and sacrifice to achieve a better life for themselves and their chil- dren."