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1, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 3 =ssues punctuate news in United States, world given 16-year sentence harming unborn child CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas The case of a Texas convicted of harming an child could provide the COurts and ultimately the Supreme Court "with an portunity to undo the injus- against preborn bein s" g , said a pro-life Judie Brown, president of the b League, made the in reaction to the lnslaughter conviction and Frank Fie- 50, in the death of was delivered pre- an auto accident. blood alcohol level than twice the legal he drove his truck a car driven by Jeannie who was seven-and_ pregnant. birth by emer- The baby, died about two She Weighed four land had suffered exten- damage. Was found guilty of manslaughter and was sen- tenced Oct. 21 to 16 years in prison. His lawyer, Anne Mar- shall, has promised to appeal. In her defense of Cuellar, Marshall argued that Krystal was not a person when the acci- dent occurred. Brown said in her statement that the expected appeal holds promise the case could reach the highest courts, where "the pre- born child ... may finally receive consideration as a person whose life is as valuable as that of any other person, born or preborn." Clifford Zarsky, a former pros- ecutor who is head of Corpus Christi Right to Life, said the case holds the most significance for the state of Texas. "In my opinion it's an uncon- stitutional definition," he said, pointing out that 30 states give legal standing to unborn chil- dren in criminal cases. Oregon bishop battles Planned Parenthood plans BEND, Ore. (CNS) -- Saying that abortion counters Catholic teaching on social justice and Volunteer Services Appeal Please consider a few hours a day or aPnd "quality time" with the retired eton Residence? Our volunteers have OpPortunity to share in conversation, entertainment. Assistance would be appreciated from 9:30 a.m. to noon to 5:30 p.m. For more information, God Bless You, Sister Anthony Prugger Daughter of Charity the sanctity of life, Bishop Thomas J. Connolly of Baker urged priests and laity in his diocese to voice their disap- proval of a proposed Planned Parenthood clinic in Bend. Such a clinic could be seen as an attempt to capitalize on cen- tral Oregon's growing Hispanic population, Bishop Connolly said in an Oct. 11 letter to priests. He criticized Planned Parenthood for what he called "targeting minorities and low- income families." The bishop added that such a clinic would likely prompt teen- age girls to seek abortions with- out parental notification. Central Oregon Right to Life sees the clinic as a way to intro- duce the so-called "abortion pill" RU-486 to the area, since it can be distributed only where surgi- cal abortions are offered as a backup if the pill fails. Planned Parenthood operates eight clinics in western Oregon. Poland reverses abortion ban despite protest VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Despite repeated objections by Pope John Paul II and leaders of the Polish Catholic Church, Poland reversed its 3-year-old near-ban on abortions Oct. 24. The new law lets a woman end her pregnancy before the 12th week if she faces financial or per- sonal problems. It stipulates that an abortion can only follow coun- seling and a three-day period for last-minute reflection. The measure also provides for special emphasis on sex educa- tion in schools and reduced sales taxes on contraception. L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, said with passage of the bill, "Poland has taken a decisive step forward toward the culture of death." The new measure was a response to a law passed in 1993 ending the abortion-on-demand policy in effect during four decades of Communist rule. The 1993 law allowed abor- tion only if the pregnancy threatened the woman's life or health or was a result of rape or incest, or if the fetus was hope- lessly deformed. Legislative attempts to modi- fy the law were stymied by then- President Lech Walesa, who refused to sign the proposed changes. In November 1995 he was defeated for re-election by Aleksander Kwasniewski, a for- mer communist. At the end of August, the lower house of the Polish par- liament, the Sejm, passed the new law. Kwasniewski said he would sign it, but it was stopped Oct. 3 by a veto in the upper T F S Seu, e.e. Box 68. Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 OPPORTUNITY FOR INCOME Part-time position Telephone solicitation Sell advertising for the Message Additional Possibilities to work at home. Contact Paul R. Leingang Diocese of Evansville EO. 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And on Oct. 20. aware that the override vote was imminent, the pope reiterated that "a peo- ple which kills its own children is a people without a future." To this appeal he added, "God for- bid! God forbid!" New contraceptive wel. comed by British pro-life, Church leaders MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- A contraceptive device based on natural methods of family planning has gone on sale in Britain, with a welcome from pro-life groups and church leaders. Sold under the brand name "Persona," the hand-held device shows a green light on those days in a woman's menstrual cycle when it is safe for her to have sexual relations without conceiving and a red light dur- ing fertile times. On approxi- mately eight days each month the device will show a yellow light, indicating the need for a urine test before the machine can decide whether it is a "red" or "green" day. The system was welcomed by leading Catholics and pro-lifers. Msgr. Kieran Conry, director of the Catholic Media Office in London, told Catholic News Ser- vice that Persona was "enhanc- ing and making easier the nat- ural method of family planning as recommended by the Catholic Church." Jane Knight, director of the Fertility Awareness and Natur- al Family Planning Service of Marriage Care, said the device was "a brilliant technological breakthrough, giving women a new choice in birth control." The device consists of a hand- held monitor and disposable urine test sticks. The initial cost is 49.95 pounds (US$75). The manufacturers said there were plans to launch the device in the United States. I I SCHNELLVILLE FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 i i WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE III I Rudy's F/ora/Des00 Fresh Flowers. Silk Arrangements Gift Items i 207 RE. 5th Street Washington, Indiana 47501 (812) 254-7200