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GEll ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JUNE 17, 1990 ,ove, not college, heeded to volunteer Oklahoma City (CNS) - "God didn't h0ose a social worker with a dozen tSrees" to begin Birthright, said its )Under, Louise Summerhill. don't have to have a paper of kind" to be a Birthright volunteer, told the crisis pregnancy service's 9th annual convention in Oklahoma ]ty June 1, 'just a lot of love and Birthright founder Louise Summer- hill joins two Native American chil- dren who performed during the recent Birthright convention. (Jerry Ruff, Times Review, CNS) passion, and (to) believe in life." There were 375 volunteers from the Birthright centers worldwide attend- ag the May 31-June 3 convention. 'I'm not a saint, not a Mother Ter- said Summerhill, who began the ht center in donated space in a base- office in Toronto in 1968. Since en, the emergency counseling serv- for women with problem pregnan- has spread around the world. irthright, God's Family' was the erae of the convention. The non- Ominational organization's name from its motto: "The right of ery mother to give birth - the right of ery child to be born." SUrrtmerhill told how her mother SCarried when she was ten. doctor came to the house and d, 'Did you take anything to bring on? She practically ordered him t of the house. I carried the same or abortmn, she satd. !irthright remains almost entirely a [ tt teer organization, but growth has eessitated hiring some staff members, said. Other convention speaker, Rev. ,'h " ael Mannion, Newman Center v Ctor at Glassboro State College in ' Jersey and an expert on post-abor- reconciliation, said a spiritual ension is crucial in offering hope healing to women who have under- abortion. L"eeiding whether to abort or carry a [ ' ancy to term is strongly influenced rhow a woman defines` her identity, irnplicated the priest said. When that identity is defined by a "spiritual vision," he said, in which "God is the validator" of personal worth, then it is "God one tries to please." If a woman derives her self-worth from satisfying society, family, the fa- ther of the child or others, she may choose abortion to please them, he said. "Whoever I love and need to approve of me becomes the predictor of my behavior," Mannion said. Scripture offers great encouragement to women with a crisis pregnancy, he said. "The greatest moment in Scripture is not Christ's birth," he said, but His conception. 'Jesus' life became sacred not at Christmas, but in the womb of His mother nine months before." Scripture also helps illustrate the role of the counselor when post-abortion healing is needed, Mannion said. He said the Birthright volunteer is like Thomas asking to put his hands in the wounds of the risen Christ. The woman who has undergone an abortion "says to us, 'You don't under- stand. Put your hand in my side. Feel my wounds.' She invites us to enter into her crucifixion, and also to hold out (to her) the dream of resurrection," he said. Bornand, a lawyer at the Catholic killings atiago, Chile (CNS) - Chilean human ts groups have discovered a mass eWhere dozens of people are thought Fare been shot by firing squads and d secretly after the military took in 1973, government officials said. 11he remains of eight men with bullet tes in the chest were dug up June 2 tr the northern village of Pisagua, a detention camp existed during 'Oup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, an rights lawyers said. far eight bodies have been found, there isa pit where there could be ther 20 to 25," regional governor Garrido told reporters in San- e have only started digging. There be many more, said Rosemarie Church's human rights office. "Many were shot and their bodies never returned to their families," she said. Last month workers dug up the bones of three men on the outskirts of Santiago while excavating property that used to belong to the army. Newspapers said the men's hands were tied with parachute cord. A judge later identified two of the men as members of the Communist party who disappeared without a trace in 1976. In May Pres. Patricio Aylwin, who took office in March, appointed a commission to investigate human rights violations under Pinochet's 16-year rule, particularly the disappearance of 630 opponents. Pinochet, who continues as com- mander of the army, has voiced objec- tions to the investigation, which is ex- pected to establish his government's political responsibility in the abuses. W Zn.H g5 'Margaret Flzer saw an old friend at the Doctor's Office. She had a small cancerous lesion removed from her nose. When we were younger, I never saw her without a tan. During our visit, I noticed her pale and wrinkled skin. She said she did not tan anymore and wished she knew the Facts .... long ago - there is no such thing as a healthy tan. Damage from the ultraviolet radiation of the sun (ultravio- let - B or UVB) and tanning beds (uhraviolet - A or UVA) is cumulative. It builds up invisibly in the skin and may appear years later as skin cancer, premature wrinkles and eye damage. The lighter your skin, the more prone you are to these problems. Since studies show most people get 80 percent of sun ex- posure before age 20, protection is necessary for our babies, young children and teenagers. However, most skin cancer is found after age 50, so protection should be a lifetime habit. When you do the following, your children or grandchildren will see sun protec- tion as a routine part of life." TIPS TO STRETCH YOUR SKIN'S LIFE * Avoid prolonged direct sunlight. The less tanned you are, the longer it will take for skin cancer and wrinkles to develop. To see how the sun has wrinkled face and hands, compare it to skin never exposed to the sun. * If you will be out in the sun, avoid the hours between 11 AM - 4 PM and always use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater. This means when you, your children or grandchildren are outside, wear a sunscreen on exposed skin. * Avoid tanning beds. Their UVA radiation causes premature skin wrinkles and poses the risk of skin cancer, as does the faster burning sun's UVB radiation. If you use the beds in spite of the risks, limit your exposure and wear protective eye goggles which absorb ultraviolet radiation. Request them from the salon operator. * Buy and wear sunglasses that block 98 - 100 percent ultraviolet light to prevent eye burns and the development of cataracts. * Inspect your skin monthly for changes in skin growth - whether in color, shape, size or thickness. Look at yourself in a full-length mirror and use a hand mirror for hard-to-see places. Another person can help you "map-out" your back and neck. *When in doubt about any skin growth, see your doctor. For more information on tanning beds, write: Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Ln., Rockville, MD, 20857. Ask for: "The Darker Side of Indoor Tanning" (HFE-88). Copyright 1990 Fizer & Associates GREERS "Home of fine clothing for men & women" Morrilton, AR 354-3186 Henry Rohlman, Jr. offering Christian Counsellng for PSYCHOLOGICAL - I EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS Member of Chrint the King Parish Licensed by AR Board of Examlner~ In Psycholo~. Member/k~oe. of Chr~tlan Therapists, Over 20 yrs. experience, 13 In private practice 1501 N. OuiveNity. Suite 910 Little Rock, 72207 1501) 664-3010 MAUS IMPLEMENT CO. 1120 West Broadway Morrilton, AR 72110 DeSalvo Pharmac 354-236! Richard DeSalvo. I.D. Hwy. 64 East, Morrilton