Bush on Human Life & Dignity (revised)

President George Bush just declared a day of commemoration of the Sanctity of Human Life. What a strange world we live in! This is a rather disingenuous proclamation from president who is in theory anti-abortion (although with a Republican House and Senate he did not try for a Constitutional amendment for life) and is also anti-life in his support for torture, systematic poor healthcare for his citizens, etc, etc. On the other hand we have an incoming president who has a lot of hype about hope… talks a good game about respect for human persons, no torture, better health care, …. but is a strong supporter of abortion rights. By their fruits you shall know them!

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National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.

The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.

America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.

The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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9 thoughts on “Bush on Human Life & Dignity (revised)

  1. Hi Friar Rick,

    I know you don’t like Bush but that is no reason for you to ignore his record on dealing with abortion.

    (although he did not really try to do anything about abortion) The fact is that he has done much. He’s been very supportive of the pro life movement in its work. He worked to change the American culture to be more respecting of life. His actual record is,

    1. Cutting funding to aid agencies that promote abortion in Africa.

    2. Appointing two judges to the supreme court who believe that Roe V Wade should be overturned.

    Your comments regarding his support for “systematic poor healthcare” hyperbole and detraction.

  2. Dear Mr Holland,

    Indeed what a record … thanks to him the world’s a mess and you concentrate on abortion only …. why not *santo subito* ? So the whole world functions on abortion or no abortion …. poor world then.

  3. Dear Michael,

    Please spend some time to look into Mr. Bush’s record, without prejudice. He was president for 8 years and did much more than start a war in Iraq. One that even popular democrats supported when the polls indicated it would be prudent. Pres Bush has stuck by his decsions even though they weren’t popular. I won’t debate the war here. But as I was trying to say, he has done much more than torture poor terrorists. (did he actually perform the waterboarding?).

  4. You can’t blame Bush on this. The House and senate cannot overturn Roe vs Wade, only the supreme court can, and the Supreme court leans liberal (and pro abortion) by a single vote.

  5. I’m not trying to be a pain here and my understanding of the US system is obviously limited. But couldn’t they have tried for a Constitutional Amendment? Isn’t that what FOCA is?

  6. President Obama has lifted a ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions, reversing a policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
    Obama’s actions mean that hundreds of millions of your tax dollars will go to help groups like Planned Parenthood perform abortions around the world.
    His actions came one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

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