DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     October 13, 1998     vol. 9, no. 200

from a CATHOLIC perspective

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          LOS ANGELES (CWNews.com) - A county coroner's office agreed on Friday to release the remains of 54 aborted children found in an empty field to pro-life groups for a Christian burial, but a civil liberties group said that may violate the separation of church and state.

          San Bernadino County Coroner Brian McCormick released the bodies to the pro-lifers who named each child, provided a casket, and planned to hold memorial services over the weekend at several area churches. The bodies were found in cardboard boxes in a field last year. An investigation traced them back to a now-closed Los Angeles abortion clinic and a truck driver for the clinic was sentenced to 71 days in jail for the dumping.

          The pro-life groups asked the coroner's office to release the bodies to them at the conclusion of the investigation, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California protested. "It is more than just the appearance of the state sanctioning a particular religious belief," said associate director Elizabeth Schroeder. "Under California law there is only one way to dispose of this material ... that would be by incineration."

          Schroeder cited a 1994 California appeals court decision that ruled the Los Angeles County district attorney's office violated the separation of church and state when it proposed to bury 16,500 aborted children in religious ceremonies.

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October 13, 1998       volume 9, no. 200


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