Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

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Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

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CITING A U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION last year to strike down Nebraska's ban on late-term abortions, a federal district judge has ruled that a similar ban in Ohio is unconstitutional. Ohio's law violated the Constitution because it did not allow the procedure even when medical proof suggested it would be safer for some patients, U.S. District Judge Walter Rice decided Sept. 20. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1997 Nebraska statute that prohibited late-term abortions, ruling that the statute violates the constitution by imposing an "undue burden" on a woman's constitutional tight to end a pregnancy.

JOHN A. THOMAS has been named by Chicago Cardinal Francis George to be the new director of Liturgy Training Publications, which is owned by the Chicago archdiocese. Thomas comes from Paulist Press, where he served most recently as director of marketing and sales. He will replace former director Gabe Huck. George fired Huck in mid-July by letter, writing that, "a new moment in liturgical catechesis" had arrived (NCR, Aug. 10). During Huck's tenure, begun in 1977, the company's staff grew from two people to about 50. Its publication's have won numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association.

AN AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBE has asked the U.S. Navy to begin a study to learn whether a Cold War-era communication system, which is the target of frequent onsite protests, causes environmental and health problems such as cancer. The neighboring Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa of northwest Wisconsin want to know if electromagnetic fields from the Navy's Project ELF, an extremely low-frequency antenna, is causing such problems. …

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