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Posted on 10/23/2009 4:20:16 AM PDT by fabrizio
Former President Bush Honored with Pro-Life Award during Visit to Saskatoon
By Patrick B. Craine
SASKATOON, SA, October 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Yesterday morning, before delivering an address at TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for a crowd of about 2,000, former U.S. President George W. Bush joined the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) at a business breakfast where the pro-life group presented him with an award for his "very public determination to protect the unborn while he served two terms as President."
The Humanity of the Unborn Child Pro-Life Award, as it is called, was given to the former President "in recognition of [his] resolve and initiatives in the protection of human life." The award, said the pro-life organization, "is presented to an international politician, but also with the intention of making pro-life progress here domestically, for example to get our provincial government to stop using tax dollars to fund abortions."
The members of the delegation presenting the award were: Muriel Nielsen, SPLA President; Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk, Ukrainian Catholic priest and main editor of the SPLA blog; Dr. Grant Devine, former premier of the Province of Saskatchewan; and Ben Hudye, president of Hudye Soil Services Inc.
In a statement about the event, SPLA quoted President Bush's own description of his pro-life record, spoken when he declared January 18, 2009 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. "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," he said.
The former President also noted that he had signed three key pieces of legislation: the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, the ban on partial-birth abortion, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. SPLA indicated as well that Bush supported the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits groups that received federal money from using those funds to pay for abortions. That policy was reversed again by President Barack Obama only a few days after he took office.
In a statement the pro-life group acknowledged that many are wary of or even scoff at the claim that President Bush was a 'pro-life' president, given his role in initiating the Iraq war; but the group argued that the unintentional deaths of civilians in war-time Iraq don't measure up to the intentional killing of millions of unborn children in the womb.
"People are rightly bothered by civilian deaths during wartime," said SPLA. However, they said, "Here's a challenge: let's bring the number of abortions down to the number of civilian deaths in the Iraq War, then we'll be in a position to compare the two moral dilemmas and assign justice, injustice, responsibility and accountability."
"Until then, using the argument that President George W. Bush was not a pro-life president because of the civilian deaths he caused in Iraq makes political pawns of those victims, using their destruction to deflect people's attention away from the very real and pressing need to eliminate abortions in this province and country," they said.
Additionally, the group pointed out that while "the argument of warfare to destroy a brutal adversary deserves legitimate consideration, the conspiracy of lies from which emerges the arguments defending abortion, [have no] objective legitimacy."
When President Bush welcomed Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to the U.S. in 2008, he told the Pope, "In a world where some treat life as something to be debased and discarded, we need your message that all human life is sacred, ... and your message that 'each of us is willed, each of us is loved, and each of us is necessary.'"
SPLA is co-organizing the 2009 national pro-life conference in Saskatoon from October 29-31, 2009. The theme is 'Building Bridges: Making Choices For Life,' with numerous speakers including Ezra Levant and LifeSiteNews.com editor John-Henry Westen.
I guess there’d have to be a reason to go to Saskatoon.
Will always love President Bush for his leadership which included Basic Morality....Via, Veritas, Vita
If bush put half the effort into outlawing abortion that he put toward amnesty I would be more supportive.
Birthplace of Joni Mitchell!
Even his ‘snowflake’ convention couldn’t impress the baby killers.
And to those who complain about the president’s efforts on behalf of the unborn.
Look around you and see what the denigration of human life has done to our country.
Just look at Chicago and tell me that there is no connection between murdering your baby in the womb and the lack of respect for any life, unborn, newborn, or elderly.
Now THIS is an award that was earned honestly and from the heart! Congratulations to President Bush! :*)
Now back to praying that THIS current administration doesn’t completely undo ALL the good that President Bush did...*sigh*
THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH! . . . As a poster on another thread surmised, this is your ‘Nobel’ award — an award of genuine merit and lasting value!
Name one other president who has done more — and I’m interested in ACTIONS not rhetoric!:
“In a statement about the event, SPLA quoted President Bush’s own description of his pro-life record, spoken when he declared January 18, 2009 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. “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,” he said.
The former President also noted that he had signed three key pieces of legislation: the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, the ban on partial-birth abortion, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. SPLA indicated as well that Bush supported the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits groups that received federal money from using those funds to pay for abortions. That policy was reversed again by President Barack Obama only a few days after he took office.”
This is why Bush is hated so much by the left. Because he’s pro-life. This is why he never received a nobel “peace” prize. This is why feminazis smeared him from the moment he was elected.
Watched Coulter on Joy Behar last night, and Behar showed bush’s “worst of” gaffe reel. It is amazing how much I miss that stumbling, bumbling Bush already.
Still bagging on Bush eh Joy? What ever will you do when you run out of material? Run old Bush gaffe’s? Oh...never mind...guess I answered my question already you pig.
He must treasure this award that acknowledges his staunch, never flickering support for the sanctity of life, evidenced by his policies. God bless him.
By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix
Former U.S. president George W. Bush said Wednesday he was disappointed no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, but maintained the 2003 American-led invasion may have averted a nuclear arms race.
In a wide-ranging speech to a packed house at TCU Place, Bush said the intelligence community was telling him Saddam Husseins regime in Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Bush said he tried to apply political diplomatic pressure on Saddam to reveal his weapons capabilities, but without success.
Bush said after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the goal was to analyze threats and deal with them before they fully materialize. Bush said Saddam demonstrated he was a threat and refused to co-operate with the international community.
An American president should never want to use wars, certainly not my first choice. I understand the consequences, Bush said.
(But) when you say something, you mean it. In order to be effective, youve got to back up your words. My point was that this time, we were serious. Cough up your weapons.
Following the invasion in the spring of 2003, which Canada declined to join, and subsequent toppling of Saddams regime, Bush said he was both disappointed and surprised no such weapons were found. But that doesnt mean the decision to go to war was not correct, he said.
I will tell you, I believe the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein. I believe the Iraqis are better off, he said to loud applause.
Bush also offered what he called a bold prediction. He said allowing Saddam to remain in power would have resulted in a nuclear arms race between Shia Iran and Sunni Iraq which would have created enormous problems for all of us.
Even though (Saddam) had no weapons, he had knowledge . . . knowledge doesnt go away. You cant change knowledge. So, weapons of mass destruction, we thought he had them but we were surprised he didnt.
The 90-minute event began at 12:30 p.m. and ended exactly 90 minutes later. Bush spoke for the first half and had a conversation with Calgary entrepreneur and University of Saskatchewan graduate W. Brett Wilson for the remainder.
More than an hour before the start, the lineup of ticket-holders snaked back through the TCU Place foyer and out onto the sidewalk in front. The reasons for attending varied.
I agree with some of the things he did and disagree with others. I wanted to hear what he had to say, said Dustin Bisson of Craik.
I feel he kept the world safe for eight years. Theres something to learn here, said Dale Kushner of Calgary.
Bush was introduced by radio host John Gormley, who welcomed the former president to the province of Joni Mitchell, Gordie Howe and baseball player Terry Puhl. Gormley noted Bush was the fourth U.S. president to visit Saskatchewan, including a 2006 Saskatoon speech by Bill Clinton.
Bush, who served from 2001 to 2009, drew the first of several rounds of laughter and applause when he thanked organizers and the crowd for giving a retired guy a chance to get out of the house.
He called his wife, Laura, the most patient woman in America for tolerating his 14 years in politics. Bush said it was an honour to serve as president, and said he tried to stick to his principles rather than chase popularity.
The most important thing is when you look in the mirror, you are proud of what you see, Bush said.
He was effusive about Canada-U.S. relations, taking note of the $1.5 billion in daily trade and the millions of tourists who cross the border.
The American people are lucky to have Canada as a northern neighbour, he said.
He said Canada responded amazingly well following the Sept. 11 attacks. He noted the thousands of passengers who found refuge in Canada when all planes were grounded that day.
He said the great Canadian military has taken on a disproportionate share of the burden in the war in Afghanistan. Bush didnt mention Canadas decision not to join Bushs coalition of the willing and refusal to send combat troops to Iraq, Canadas refusal to join in a U.S.-led missile defence system in 2005 or what many Canadians considered a direct snub when Bush left out Canada in an earlier speech thanking countries that helped in the war on terror.
Bush said Afghanistan was a place where terrorists were being harboured and where women and girls had no rights or educational opportunities, until the forces of freedom arrived. I believe everybody wants to be free.
He said later that women will lead the move to democracy in the Middle East, and added it will come sooner than many expect. Sixty years ago, few could have predicted Japans move to democracy, but its become a beacon of democracy and friendship to the U.S., Bush said.
The ex-president said hes writing a book, joking some people asked him how can you write one when you cant read one? he said.
I even read chapter books these days.
Bush said everyone will get dealt hands they dont like in life, but the question is how you play it.
Most of the crowd seemed impressed, giving Bush several standing ovations.
He was a good speaker. Hes got good, Christian morals, said Tom Miller of Debden.
His mother, Bertha Miller agreed.
Ive always been impressed with his moral viewpoint. He stands up for what he believes in, she said.
Tahir Khan of Saskatoon said hes never been a fan of George W. Bush, but said he found the speech enlightening.
Former U.S. president George W. Bush with Calgary entrepreneur and University of Saskatchewan graduate W. Brett Wilson, on stage at TCU Place in Saskatoon on Wednesday (October 22, 2009)
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WOW! Saskatoon! just about 200 miles from were my mom was born! Yippie!
Oi! Saskatppn’s not that bad, I’ve been there!
Re #16 Saskatppn should read Saskatoon I really need to wathc whant keys I punch on the keyboard.
THANK YOU for posting this photo . . . And THANK YOU President Bush for staunchly and fearlessly defending LIFE during the entirety of your presidency!
Saskatoon....we lived in Prince Albert for 18 months.....glad to see President Bush get this award...and make it to the plains of Canada!