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MES SAGE SPECIAL ELECTION PULL-OUT Elections 94 k Learn about Candidates and Issues Offer Support to Candidates of Your Choice * Vote on November 8th Encourage Others to Vote A message from: The Indiana Catholic Conference olic voters encouraged Study issues, vote the 1995 legislative ence for any candidate or party; :O.nvene in Indiana !gton, D.C., who ch you? You can oice at the polls 8. ballots will be 100 districts HOUse of Repre- a.d half of the 50 m addition to po- state offices. .rs of this Indiana's and a few leg- make a dif- election, gained two seats their Democ- ree, leading s, all ten repre- one Senator are ask to examine candidates on a l.SSUes, as well as philoso- le candidates issues education, re, and wel- for voting and for on a wide Year offers an Catholics to tnto action. We can- in light nvolvement in has certain. Parishes oppose is- on issues and t show prefer- may encourage voter par- ticipation, but not endorse po- litical parties. The United States Bishops recently stated: "We bishops specifically do not seek the formation of a re- ligious voting bloc; nor do we wish to instruct persons how they should vote by endorsing or opposing candidates. We do, however, have a right and a responsibility as teachers to analyze the moral dimensions of the major issues of our day. We urge citizens to avoid choosing candidates simply on the basis of narrow self-interest. We hope that voters will exam- ine the positions of candidates on the full range of issues, as well as their personal integrity, philosophy, and performance. We are convinced that a con- sistent ethic of life should be the moral framework from which we address all issues in the political arena. In this consistent ethic we address a spectrum of issues, seeking to protect human life and promote human dignity from the inception of life to its final moment." (Political Responsibility: Re- vitalizing American Democ- racy, September 1991) Because of Supreme Court rulings, abortion has once again become a focal point of human rights efforts. But abortion is not the only issue facing the people of Indiana. The consistent ethic of life demands a concern for all the weak and vulnerable members of our society, the unborn cer- tainly, as well as the frail el- derly, the disabled, the help- less. People in the church are involved in many issues: abor- tion, capital punishment, crim- inal justice, housing, parochial schools, pornography, sex edu- cation, etc. Candidates respond to questions on Hyde Amendment, health care Following are the responses to a questionnaire on a wide range of issues, received from candi- dates for the United States House of Representatives. The questionnaire was sent to Frank McCloskey (D) District 8, John Hostettler (R) District 8, Lee H. Hamilton (D) District 9 and Jean Leising (R) District 9. 1. What is your position on the Hyde Amendment? (Prohibits Medicaid funding of abortion except in the case of rape, incest and to save the mother's life.) Support: Hamilton, Hostettler, Leising, McCloskey Oppose: Undecided: Comment from Leising: "I am opposed to all public funding of abortion." . How would you vote on health care legislation: that would explicitly exclude abortion coverage? Support: Hamilton, Hostettler. Oppose: Undecided: Comment from McCloskey: [ would vote for health care reform legislation with language consistent with the Hyde Amendment. that would insure all Americans access to adequate health care in a standard, comprehensive benefit package? Support" Hamilton, McCloskey Oppose: Undecided: Hostettler that would insure the right of religiously-affiliated health care providers to deliver health care in accord with their ethical principles? Support: Hamilton, Hostettler, McCloskey Oppose: Undecided: Comment from Leising (responding to all three questions contained in this section) "I am opposed to national health care that rations and i:i, ::iii  *:i, "i ? :.:i 3, How would you vote on legislation that would federal programs similar to Chapter I and .12?, (Provide help to poor children loan Support: Hamilton, Leising Undecided: 4. How would you vote on legislation that wouldsupply public school children? : ;,,k ::/::. Support: Hostettler, Leising Oppose: McCloskey Undecided: Hamilton 5 How would you vote on welfare reform legislation that would limit the AFDC grantto the number of children a client has at the time of application for assistance? Support: Hostettler, Leising Oppose: Hamilton Undecided: McCloskey " " Campaigners and voters: sharing responsbility What you can do and voting. 2. Question candi- person especially the poor and Help to reinvigorate the electoral process and make the '94 elections a genuine oppor- tunity for informed debate and choices about the future. What you can do: 1. Discuss important elec- tion issues with your family, friends, and parishioners. How do the issues apply to your community? What solutions would you suggest? 2. Actively support candi- dates who share your values. 3. Vote on November 8. En- courage others to vote. Help others get to the polls. What you can do with oth- ers: 1. Use posters, parish bul- letins, and newsletters to en- courage discussion of issues dates on the issues. How would they solve current prob- lems? 3. Encourage parishioners to become actively involved in the campaigns of those candi- dates who support their views. 4. Urge your pastor to uti- lize the homily and materials to discuss the moral compo- nents of issues and to encour- age responsible voting. Study the issues "We hope American Catholics, as both believers and citizens, will use the re- sources of their faith and the opportunities of this democ- racy to help shape a society more respectful of the life, dig- nity and rights of the human vulnerable," said the U.S. Catholic Bishops in a recent statement, Political Responsi- bility: Revitalizing American Democracy.Tne bishops' moral framework for examining is- sues seeks "to protect human life and promote human dig- nity from the inception of life to its final moments.  Within this framework they address a spectrum of issues including abortion, education, death penalty, family life, and health care. =If the campaign year is to engage the values of the Amer- ican people, the campaigners and the voters alike must share the responsibility for making it happen," the bish- ops said.