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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                110A New Braunfels March New Braunfels MeraidZewng warcn PriestAbortion hearing exposed fetus pain SAN ANTONIO AP A district judges clearing the way for a 19yearold to have an abortion despite her estranged husbands objection proved a sword on the controversial a priest Sherrill director of prolife ac tivities for the archdiocese of San he was not surprised at Judge Peter Michael Currys decision After a threehour Curry a restraining order and refused to bar Kim Hayes from having an Her estranged husband Keith had won a restraining order last week halting the termination of the pregnancy until Wednesdays The law is on the other side the woman has a right to an abortion and the husband has no Smith But the priest said he was encouraged by the hearing because we got a lot Smith was referring to testimony from pediatrician Ricardo who described in some detail the abortion process and said the unborn child suffers pain in the Hayes had not had an abortion by late her attorney Ramiro Estrada Estrada said he thought the procedure likely would be performed in making his I dont want to be put in the role of murderer of a But Im a believer in the constitution of the United I cant see how I have the right to prevent this lady from having an I dont see how Hayes has that he Hayes testified she married Hayes last October and they separated in She discovered she was pregnant in late His morals may not be the same as mine but that doesnt give him the right to dictate to me what Im going to she Hayes admitted she had tried to have an abortion but the procedure was halted twice because doctors were given copies of the restraining Hayes testified he did not believe in killing an innocent Its my child as well as I helped create The baby should not be killed because she wants to get I tried to reason with her that the killing of our baby was plain outright Hayes Under cross Hayes admitted he had been convicted of rape in He said the case involved an exwife he twas living iSanctuary get reduced Sentences BROWNSVILLE AP A federal judge today reduced the sentence of a sanctuary movement worker con victed of illegally helping Salvadoran refugees from one year in prison to 150 days in a halfway Jack the director of Casa Oscar convicted on six counts in Houston last had refused two years probation and was sentenced to one year in prison But District Judge Filemon Vela agreed to reconsider the sen tence following consultations with defense and prosecution Vela ruled today that Elder would serve the reduced term in a halfway house to be determined Elders Steve had asked that the sentence be reduced to 90 days because Elder was a firsttime Vela asked Elder if that meant he did not want You understand that you dont have to do Vela said before imposing the modified understand that its your Cooper told Vela that Elder would prefer going to jail instead of serving a probated term that would his activities in the sanctuary Elder hugged his and left the courtroom with her and Stacy Lynn another convicted sanctuary About 75 sup porters of the sanctuary movement began clapping after the sentence was I feel Elder said after the The sentence was probably I assume right now that Id be in a volunteer at the was sentenced to 179 days in prison Wednesday for her conviction of conspiring to help the Salvadorans enter the country The judge also ordered her to serve concurrently 90 days on a similar conviction last Vela revoked her twoyear probated term on that conviction ordered her to move out of the shelter and not to speak with Merkt is appealing her con Elder was freed after the Elder had been sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday after he rejected terms of a twoyear probated sentence that Vela had To receive Vela said Elder would have to move out of the Catholic Churchsponsored shelter in San Benito and not speak publicly about the sanctuary I am a person who agrees with the sanctuary but Im going to reassure people that the integrity of the legal system will be preser Vela told Merkt and Elder Sanctuary movement workers argue Salvadorans are political refugees entitled to asylum because they fear persecution in their war ravaged Federal argue that the Salvadorans are coming to the United States strictly for economic They also deny that sanctuary movement workers are being singled out for At a news conference after the Bishop John Fitzpatrick of the Brownsville said work at the shelter will I am proud of Jack and Stacey and those who lay their reputations and lives on the line to nourish and care for the poor of other nations who seek nothing more than the same opportunity our refugee forefathers sought and obtained during the past two and more cen he Casa Romero will continue to operate as it has in the past to feed nourish and give hope U refugees from Central Before her Merkt told It is for my beliefs that I am Vela I admire your I have nothing but respect for Prices in effect March 2830 with at the Hayes attorney Dave Rogers said allowing the abortion would be a violation of Texas family which outlaws family Rogers said the court did not have to go so far as the constitutional issue of whether the woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy without the consent of the American Civil Liberties Union attorney Gerry who represented said the Supreme Court had tossed out a Missouri law requiring the husbands Items Available At Family Centers Listed Below While supplies no Copyright Stores Co A HOUSEHOLD INTERNATIONAL COMPANY to This MTD Lawn Mower has a 3Vz HP Briggs Stratton engine with 2f blade 5position height adjustment and convenient rear discharge catcher bag Safety bar prevents acci dents by cutting off motor and stopping blade when 11531203 Handle mounted throttle for easy accessibility and ORTHO Ortho WeedBGon kills lawn Trigger 24 Tomato Cages Strong Metal Construction Stock up Now 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