President Bush Proclaims Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 18, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Bush Proclaims Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 18, 2004

Washington, DC ( — On Friday, President George W. Bush named Sunday, January 18, 2004 as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday for 2004 and encouraged pro-life advocates to "recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies in our homes and places of worship and to reaffirm our commitment to respecting the life and dignity of every human being."

"Each person, however frail or defenseless, has a place and a purpose in this world," Bush said in the proclamation.

The event, similar to ones Bush has made official in previous years of his administration, is meant to "celebrate the gift of life and our commitment to building a society of compassion and humanity," Bush explained.

"Today, the principles of human dignity enshrined in the Declaration of Independence — that all persons are created equal and possess the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — continue to guide us," Bush said.

The president referred to his signing of the ban on partial-birth abortions and said it pointed to a "basic standard of humanity — the duty of the strong to defend the weak."

President Bush said he would make sure his administration encourages adoption, supports abstinence education, promote crisis pregnancy centers, and urge the passage of pro-life legislation such as parental notification laws and other measures.

"By working together, we will provide hope to the weakest among us and achieve a more compassionate and merciful world," Bush concluded.

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