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Bush Had Best Pro-Life Record of Any President, Say Pro-Life Groups
CNS News ^ | January 19, 2009 | Josiah Ryan

Posted on 01/19/2009 9:31:46 AM PST by Between the Lines

- Outgoing Republican President George W. Bush has had the most pro-life record of any U.S. president in history, representatives of pro-life groups told CNSNews.com on Friday.

On Thursday, in one of his last acts as president, Bush declared Jan. 18 “National Sanctity of Human Life Day,” stating that the "the most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent."

Bush’s declaration was the culmination of eight years of pro-life policies that included sustained opposition to embryonic stem cell research; the appointment of two pro-life Supreme Court Justices; an executive order barring federal funds to be used for abortion- related projects abroad; and a rule protecting federally funded health employees from taking part in abortion-related activities or other practices that conflicted with their religious views.

“In the annals of history, George W. Bush will be remembered as a president who believed and fought to protect innocent human life,” Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America (CWA), told CNSNews.com. “While we'll never know how many lives were saved, and rarely will a person know that his or her life was rescued because of his policies, we do know that he set a standard that others can follow.”

“We have seen in Bush the most pro-life president that we have ever had for this cause of defending the unborn,” Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told CNSNews.com. “He set up a tremendous groundwork.”

In 2001, President Bush declared that federal funds could not be used for embryonic stem cell research, which requires the destruction of human embryos. Instead, Bush promoted adult stem cell research, which does not destroy embryos.

In the same year, Bush also reinstated a Reagan-era mandate known as the Mexico City Policy that had been removed by President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. The policy requires all non-governmental organizations that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortions in other countries.

In 2002, Bush’s Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy G. Thompson implemented the “unborn child rule.” It requires the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) -- a federal program that gives funds to states to provide health insurance to families with children -- to define the term “child” to include from conception to birth.

Also in 2002, Bush signed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to infants who survive induced abortions by providing them with identical legal protections as babies who are born prematurely.

In 2003, President Bush signed into law the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which prohibits late-term abortions.

In 2004, Bush signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which defines a child “in utero” at any stage of development as human, and accords the child the legal rights of the victim if subject to certain crimes that involve death or injury.

In 2005 and 2006, Bush appointed two pro-life justices, Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, respectively, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2007, both justices voted to uphold the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was challenged in a lawsuit.

In 2007, Bush also sent congressional Democratic leaders a letter threatening to veto any bill that weakened existing pro-life policy.

In 2008, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt issued a regulation to protect the rights of federally funded health care providers to decline to participate in services to which they morally object, including abortion.

“Bush has achieved more than any other pro-life president,” Darla St. Martin, co-executive director of National Right to Life, told CNSNews.com. “Bush was just outstanding. He was very dedicated from the moment he came into office. He was a tremendous pro-life president and he will be very much missed.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; bushlegacy; cultureoflife; prolife

1 posted on 01/19/2009 9:31:48 AM PST by Between the Lines
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To: Between the Lines

I am so thankful for all that President Bush has done for the unborn! God bless him!


2 posted on 01/19/2009 9:33:08 AM PST by wk4bush2004 (SARAH PALIN, 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: Between the Lines

It doesn’t matter to lefties and haters that President Bush had a great pro-life record. According to enviornmentalists he and Cheney were “running the planet”. Other lefties complained that he illegally deposed Sadam Hussein and “murdered” him and his sons. Let’s hope that the sane ones record history, and not the mentally ill liberals.


3 posted on 01/19/2009 9:35:48 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: wk4bush2004

All of the good the Bush administration did to protect the unborn will be nullified by the stroke of a pen by Obama. First, reversing Bush’s executive orders and then signing pro-abortion legislation. All of you evangelicals out there who voted for Obama are complicit in the future genocide of our unborn. How are you going to defend that when your time comes?


4 posted on 01/19/2009 9:38:08 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: wk4bush2004
As one who has just become much more active in pro-life issues, I am thankful for what President Bush as done for the unborn, and shudder to think of what will happen if FOCA passes under the Obama administration.
5 posted on 01/19/2009 9:38:19 AM PST by fatfertile (fatfertile)
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To: Between the Lines

and mr. 0bama has promised to have the worst pro-life record.


6 posted on 01/19/2009 9:39:32 AM PST by reg45
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To: Between the Lines

The culture of death will be reintroduced by OBAMA!

The super special people are worthy of all the benefits of life. The rest of the people will be subject to the CULTURE OF DEATH!!!


7 posted on 01/19/2009 9:40:11 AM PST by ethics
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To: Between the Lines

and yet abortion continues apace


8 posted on 01/19/2009 9:40:39 AM PST by slumber1
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To: ethics; reg45

Bush signed a few laws that gave money to Planned Parenthood and the WHO, so that they could perform more abortions. Federal government involvement, in abortion, is unconstitutional, because of the 10th Amendment. Each state legislature should pass a bill which would state that abortion is a homicide, except to save the mother’s life.


9 posted on 01/19/2009 9:42:53 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: wk4bush2004
I am so thankful for all that President Bush has done for the unborn! God bless him!

Yet Roe v. Wade is still the Law of the Land. That even a pro-life president with a Republican congress for half of his administration were unable to do much about this just shows how cemented into law this ruling has become.

10 posted on 01/19/2009 9:43:23 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68

“That even a pro-life president with a Republican congress for half of his administration were unable to do much about this just shows how cemented into law this ruling has become.”

It’s because of all the RINOs....


11 posted on 01/19/2009 9:48:57 AM PST by wk4bush2004 (SARAH PALIN, 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: Between the Lines

BS. Bush got Obama elected, so his hands bear whatever blood results.


12 posted on 01/19/2009 9:48:58 AM PST by Sloth (I am the governed, and I hereby withhold my consent.)
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To: Between the Lines

Thank you President Bush. Many lives were saved because of your actions. You will be rewarded abundantly.


13 posted on 01/19/2009 9:51:40 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Sloth
Bush got Obama elected, so his hands bear whatever blood results.

Could you explain your logic? How did Bush get Obama elected?

14 posted on 01/19/2009 9:51:42 AM PST by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Between the Lines

Bush`s pro-life record was solid, but relatively apeaking, no stronger than Reagan’s pro-life record. In fact, Bush basically followed the Reagan policy of the 1980`s, while adding a few hot button issues to the mix. OTOH, if you count rhetoric, once again, Bush43 never used the Bully Pulpit to his advantage when it came to pro-life issues.


15 posted on 01/19/2009 10:06:43 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Russ

“..All of you evangelicals out there who voted for Obama are complicit in the future genocide of our unborn. How are you going to defend that when your time comes?”

That goes for Roman Catholics and the ones who had the “Knight of Columbus for Obama” website. Those who pulled the lever for that baby killer will be judged by God.


16 posted on 01/19/2009 10:09:36 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Russ

“..All of you evangelicals out there who voted for Obama are complicit in the future genocide of our unborn. How are you going to defend that when your time comes?”

That goes for Roman Catholics and especially the ones who had the “Knight of Columbus for Obama” website as well. Those who pulled the lever for that baby killer will be judged by God.


17 posted on 01/19/2009 10:11:26 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Between the Lines

I can see this.

Obama will immediately reverse all he can


18 posted on 01/19/2009 10:12:55 AM PST by wardaddy (This nation will be torn asunder within 50 years)
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To: Sloth
I agree with you. Bush's lack of leadership led to the GOP losing Congress in 2006. And Bush`s ongoing liberal domestic policy agenda helped in opening the door for Obama winning in 2008. Now we have the most pro-abortion POTUS EVER!
19 posted on 01/19/2009 10:16:51 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Russ
All of the good the Bush administration did to protect the unborn will be nullified by the stroke of a pen by Obama. First, reversing Bush’s executive orders and then signing pro-abortion legislation. All of you evangelicals out there who voted for Obama are complicit in the future genocide of our unborn. How are you going to defend that when your time comes?

Russ, that was a very ignorant thing to say A majority of evangelicals voted for McSarah although Obama did peel away a few good works is sufficient apostates.

A majority of Catholics voted for Obama. If you must blame a religious demographic then blame yourself....or Jews but there are too few of them to matter anyhow.

20 posted on 01/19/2009 10:17:27 AM PST by wardaddy (This nation will be torn asunder within 50 years)
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To: Between the Lines

The malcontents on this site still wouldn’t give him credit.


21 posted on 01/19/2009 10:19:15 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Sloth

Stupid obviously dies hard.


22 posted on 01/19/2009 10:21:51 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Reagan Man

Why don’t you go stink up the other threads? There are plenty of Bush-bashing threads left, let us honor the man for a second.


23 posted on 01/19/2009 10:23:28 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb
LOL I feel your pain.

Still, its best folks face reality and not engage in revisionism about the Bush43 Presidency.

24 posted on 01/19/2009 10:26:36 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man

Oh, shut up.


25 posted on 01/19/2009 10:30:27 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

Ahhhh.... NO! LOL


26 posted on 01/19/2009 10:33:23 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: wardaddy

I was specifically citing the evangelicals who voted for Obama because the media seems to hold them in some kind of high esteem for being so “open minded”. I might have ignored the Catholics, Jews and main line denominations but they, too, should be ashamed for succumbing to the Obama siren song. I guess when it comes right down to it there is blame enough to go around.


27 posted on 01/19/2009 12:20:08 PM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4integrity; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; Alberta's Child; ...

~~PING!


28 posted on 01/20/2009 12:41:05 AM PST by STARWISE ((They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: Between the Lines

God Bless President Bush.


29 posted on 01/20/2009 5:40:39 AM PST by sweetiepiezer (I have a Pal in Sarah)
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To: STARWISE; Between the Lines
“Bush has achieved more than any other pro-life president,” Darla St. Martin, co-executive director of National Right to Life, told CNSNews.com. “Bush was just outstanding. He was very dedicated from the moment he came into office. He was a tremendous pro-life president and he will be very much missed.”

Thank you for the Ping, Starwise, and the Excellent Post, Between the Lines. God Bless our Dear President Bush Forever.

30 posted on 01/20/2009 10:51:30 AM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: STARWISE

((((Pro-Life & Pres. B. Bump!! ))))


31 posted on 01/20/2009 4:17:02 PM PST by Majie Purple
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