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in ~ Nancy Frazier O'Brien .eClslons now on luncheon to mark the 25th an- niversary of Roe vs. Wade, "the three that got them started will be out there in the cold with self pregnant again, Gray said. When she went looking for help in getting her children retumed to her, Cano was "used as the Billboards designed to thank and encourage the pro-life movement on the 25th anniver- sary of Roe vs. Wade also will ,THOLIC NEWS SERVICE . ; we VTASHINGTON '-- Three aeed' ple who played key roles in these grass-roots people," Gray plaintifF' in the case that even- be put up along the march ,. way ng state restrictions on abor- said. 'That's quite a contrast." tually reached the Supreme route. One of them states, sex _ s in 1973 will speak at the She termed Nathanson, who Court as Doe vs. Bolton, even "Abortion: A child dies, a woman tr March for Life on Jan. 22 once headed an abortion clinic though she had not wanted an cries, every 25 seconds" A bell r a=t ut why they now support the and chaired the National Asso- abortion, Gray added, will toll every 25 seconds dur- : nt life cause ciation for the Repeal of Abor- All three will speak at theing the march to reinforce that dta , r. Bernard Nathanson, a don Laws, "a Saul-to-Paul type" hourlong rally before the March theme. nder of what is now the Na- for his conversion from a strong for Life and will also speak at Another billboard will ,urge asd er d.AhbOtsr nuoa d P aOdUc- supporter of legal abortion to the March for Life convention members of Congre , to stop .Pdg " aPrgue, or one of its most ardent oppo- the following weekend, Graypartial-birth abortion. ,..Ja AL, will be joined on the nents, said, The convention is closed On the night before the 3r c diumr ,,nS ,,.bY NonTna_ McCorvey, In 1985 he,produced 'The to press coverage, she said.March for Life, the U.S. bishops ' " F ~,oe m Roe vs Wade, andSilent Scream, a 28-minute ul- The marchers will carry new Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities ~.o ii . " trasound videotape that shows a placards, developed by the U.S. will host its annual National gS e'd'ra Ceanl oeWh?B aoSi e. 12-week-old fetus being aborted, bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Prayer Vigil for Life at the Ba- interesting that they're all Gray said Norma McCorvey's Activities and paid for by the silica of the National Shrine of on our side," said Nellie story of seeking an abortion in Knights of Columbus. One bears the Immaculate Conception in ~ay, who has organized the Texas is much better known the slogan, "Pro-Life: Here until Washington. lrch from the Ellipse to the than that of Cano. Gray said " no more children die, no moreThe openingMass for the vigilThe annivemaryofthe Supreme ~3itol and the Supreme Court Cano had never been a sup- women cry," while another is scheduled for 8 p.m. Jan. 21 Court's Roe vs, Wade decision ~e - a ach of the past 24 vears. The porter of abortion but "gotshows an African-American fa- in the basilica's Great Upperlegalizing abortion is marked i~aa~me of the 25th anniversary scooped up into it." ther and son and displays Church. It will be preceded at 7 each year by the March for Life rch will be His Truth Kee s Cano was an abused wife Mother Teresa s description of p.m. by a half-hour concert by from the Ellipse to the court )rK @' trching On." P whose children had been taken abortion as "the greatest de- Kids for Life, a New Jersey building in Washington. ad.r ghile-NARAL hosts a "lavish" from her when she found her-stroyer of peace and love." children's choir. to t r, bttt~T -t approaches in pro-life movement for 25th anniversary ex Nancy Frazier O'Brien relief--- and perhaps a tiny twinge of pregnancy and child abuse, legalized lent [HOUC NEWS SERVICE regret --- after it is over. abortion has not only failed to solve 1 An exhibit on the 25th anniversary these problems but led to many other . ASHINGTON A particularly put together by the pro-life secretariat societal evils no one would have imag- coul .esome form of abortion and a par- quotes anunnamed woman after an 1'ned l'n 1973," the ad says, citing partial- .&ed arly ardent supporter of legal abor- abortion. Everything I read on abor- birth abortions and assisted suicide. , . . . he~f.~ngend the fWachitoef HOpero.l~i~eYh:Vee_ don before I experienced it told me 'The bottom line," Alvare said, "is that women who have abortions do not always that we cannot condone killing )0th forever, suffer from depression or regret after, and hope to get good results from it. [qThere s a different mood in the pro- i ward .... I could expect to feel relieved,' movement" as the 25th anniversary i she says. "Where did they get that from? ch. eSupreme Court's Roe vs. Wade I will never be the same again. 1. Be: Doe vs. Bolton decisions ap- As awareness of post-abortion trauma elie aches, according to Bishop James continues to grow, Alvare said, there [y fife !cHugh of Camden, N.J., who was will be greater efforts to reach the use at the beginning as director of women who have failed to deal with way Ot was then dalled the U.S. bishops' that pain and have repeat abortions. ' ily Life Division. .With statistics showing that half of t 25, the pro-life movement is ..... all abortions are performed on women e convinced that it has to go for who have had abortions before, the long, long road," Bishop McHugh growing outreach to women after abor- tl: Even five years ago, the movement lions ' could be a tremendous way to n't have such a clear vision" and affect 50 percent of all abortions, she plagued with "competing ap- said. 980 1 KAVANAUGH BLVD. aches," he said. The pro-life movement's efforts to LITTLE ROCK ' le attributed the changes to a num- confront lies about partial-birth abor- (SO 1 ) 053--4 1 3 1 ' of factors, including President don got a boost from an unexpected rta.'c, gfa trfr thepr'lf m tn's "determined, resolute pro- source shortly after the 24th anniver- , FREE DELIVERYI [rtanneffo:t,"whichhesmdiheaSbeven sary of Roe vs. Wade when Ron h05 Fitzsimmons, executive director of the , and the education of Congress National Coalition of Abortion Provid- the U.S. people about the realities ers, admitted that he had lied on na- artial-birth abortion, tional television about the number of KO[ :~linton s efforts against any restric- such abortions and when they were SMEIER so. abortion:-even parda, birth pe ormed' rtions -- has pulled the pro-life Fitzsimmons' admission "changed ement together" by showing "how the perception" of the abortion issue erful and how obstructionist pr, esi- and showed that "there is nothing they 1 l[ I }tial power can bewhen applied to (abortion advocates) won't defend," FURNITURE gle issue, he added, e Blsho Alvare said. lso crucial to the chang , " p She expressed hope that the 25th Although Jan. 22 will be "a day to anniversary would prompt more soul- ugh said, is the looming threat of ted suicide, once considered by "US " " " aY3 t a theoreucal part of the shp- slo e" b p ut now a real danger to elderly, disabled and other vulner- populations. -_ : its twin ruling on Jan. 22, 1973 ! ooe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton [Supreme Court declared the abo - :|statutes of Texas and Georgia un- titutional, effectively throwing out mourn" the 25-year-old decisions legal- izing abortion, Alvare said, it is also "a day to thank the pro-life people for all that they have accomplished." One accomplishment of the pro-life community has been to put the lie to various claims about abortion put forth by those who want it to remain legal, she said. One of those lies is that women who have abortions feel only searching throughout the nation on "whether abortion has accomplished for women what it was supposed to" and how it has affected U.S. society at large. In a nationwide ad campaign, the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund gives its own answer. "Rather than being the predicted 'cure' for social problems like teen