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B The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Survey: Presidential Candidates. Binning in 1988, the U.S. Catholic Conference has submit- ted to the major presidential candidates a questionnaire on issues of national significance. This year, the USCC Office of Government Liaison compiled and produced this document. In November of 1995, the USCC Administrative Board published the statement on "Political Responsibility: Proclaiming the Gospel of Life, Protecting the Least Among Us, and Pursuing the Common Good." That state- ment addresses the key moral issues in the upcoming election and this questionnaire poses many of these issues to the can- didates and reflects their verba- tim responses. It has been reviewed and approved for dis- tribution by the undersigned. Msgr. Dennis M. Schnurr General secretary, NCCB-USCC Abortion What is your position on a con- stitutional amendment which would protect the right to life of unborn children (Human Life Amendment)? Bill Clinton: Oppose. Bob Dole: Support. What is your position on the use of taxpayer funds for abor- tion? Clinton: Support. Dole: Oppose. What is your position on a law banning partial.birth abortion? Clinton: As governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton signed a bill that barred third-trimester ab0rtions: with an appropriate exception for life or health. If Congress sends the president a bill that bars third-trimester abortions with an appropriate exception for life or health, the president would sign it. Dole: Support. In 1983, Bob Dole voted for a constitutional amendment overturning Roe vs. Wade and still supports a consti- tutional amendment to restrict abortion subject to the exceptions of life of the mother, rape and incest. In 1996, Senator Dole voted for legislation banning par- tial-birth abortions, Arms Trade and Land mines What is your position on: -- An early permanent U.S. ban on the production, export and use of anti-personnel land mines as a step toward a global ban on land mines? Clinton: No response. Dole: No response. Legislation to restrict or limit arms sales from the U.S. to other nations ? Clinton: Oppose. Dole: No response. m A comPrehensive nuclear test ban ? Clinton: Support. Dole: Oppose Candidates" comments: Clinton: The U.S. is commit- ted to a global anti-personnel land mines (APL) ban. As we negotiate this, the U.S. will pro- tect the option to use APL in cer- tain situations, but is seeking alternatives to APL to end reliance on them as soon as pos- sible. The U.S. observes an APL export moratorium. Dole: Bob Dole supported an export ban and moratorium on anti-personnel land mines and encouraged an international agreement to eliminate them while safeguarding American military personnel. He supports making defense equipment available to friendly nations to enhance American security and reduce the likelihood of engag- ing U.S. forces in conflict. He supports restoring effective con- trols on exporting critical mili- tary technologies. Civil Rights What is your position on con- tinued enforcement of civil rights laws including judiciously admin- istered affirmative action pro- grams to protect racial and ethnic minorities, women and the dis- abled? Clinton: Support. The Clin- ton administration has opposed immigration proposals that unfairly penalize children, has fought against discriminatory lending practices, and has worked to mend affirmative action programs, expand the Voting Rights Act, and enforce fair housing laws. Dole: Support. Bob Dole oppos- es quotas, set-asides and other preferences that favor individu- als simply because they belong to a particular group. He supports steps to remedy proven past dis- crimination against specific indi- viduals, and supports determined and aggressive efforts to recruit qualified women and minorities, so long as these efforts do not resort to preferences. Economic Help For Families What is your position on the federal government providing financial resources to low- income persons: -- Through a reformed wel- fare system which rewards work and supports families without denying assistance to children based on the age or welfare dependence of their mother? Clinton: Support. Dole: Support. -- Through tax relief to low- income working families with children to keep them above the poverty line (i.e., refundable chil- dren's tax credit andor Earned Income Tax Credit)? Clinton: Support. Dole: Support. -- By assuring health care for poor families and children, the elderly, and persons with dis- abilities? Clinton: Support. Dole: Support. -- By supporting efforts to increase the minimum wage, which would assure a living wage for workers? Clinton: Support. Dole: Support. Candidates" comments: Clinton: President Clinton has worked for welfare reform that encourages independence through responsibility and work and provides health and child care necessary for families to succeed at home and on the job. He has worked to stop Congress from eliminating the guarantee of health care for the poor, dis- abled and elderly. Dole: Bob Dole supports the recently enacted welfare reform plan, which rewards work, sup- ports families and provides nec- essary support to children through a federal-state partner- ship. Bob Dole's plan for eco- nomic growth helps all families by balancing the ing taxes and and power to the our economy -- the people. :  Education What is lation to provide tance to all pare them to exercise choose the secondary schools, giously oriented are best suited (e.g., tax credits, vouchers, Clinton: Oppose. Dole: Support. i What is lation to statute, abilities Education that would in private schools receive on an equitable basts ble public schools ! Clinton: O What is your federal government supporting An open letter to from Dear Friends, Lee Hamilton I understand how disappointed many Hoosiers are that a ban on birth abortions has not been enacted into law. Thousands of you have expressed your concerns to me, and I agree with you. I, too, strongly oppose the partial birth abortion procedure, and I believe it should be illegal. That's why I voted for the bill to ban partial birth abortions times it came before the U.S. House of Representatives. And that's I voted to override the President's veto. I appreciate the work that many of you have done to educate your fellow citizens about this crucial issue. And I want you to know that I continue to do all I can to see a ban on partial birth abortions become I also oppose federal funding for abortion, and have voted to ban abortions in military hospitals, bar the use of federal money for embryo research, and prohibit the federal employees'health insurance prog from paying for abortions. I welcome your comments on these measures and other issues of you. Paid for by Hamilton for Congress Paid Political Advertisement- Sincerely,