by Steven Ertelt
January 17, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As he has in previous years, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation over the weekend declaring Sunday a special pro-life day to celebrate life and mourn those unborn children who have been killed via abortion.
"We have a responsibility in America to defend the life of the innocent and the powerless," Bush’s statement says.
It cites the Declaration of Independence as acknowledging that God has given everyone the right to life and says that National Sanctity of Human Life Day is an occasion on which to "celebrate the sacred gift of life."
In the proclamation, the president discusses how there has been "significant progress in recent years toward building a culture of life."
Bush mentions his signing of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which allows criminals such as Scott Peterson to be charged with two crimes when they attack a pregnant woman and kill or injure her unborn child.
The proclamation also cites Bush’s signature of the national ban on partial-birth abortions, which is currently held up in federal courts as a result of three separate lawsuits filed by abortion advocacy groups.
Bush says he has "halted spending of taxpayers’ money on international programs that promote abortions overseas" and his administration "continue[s] to promote abstinence education, adoption programs, crisis pregnancy programs, and other efforts to help protect life."
"My Administration remains committed to the steadfast belief in the dignity of every human being and the promise of every life," the proclamation said.
"Across our country, we must continue to encourage our citizens to make ours a more just and welcoming society in which every child is born into a loving family and protected by law," the statement says. "We will work with decency and respect to change hearts and minds, one person at a time. In doing so, we will build a lasting culture of life and a more compassionate society."
In marking the pro-life day, the president called on all Americans to recognize the day with celebrations of life and events in public, at home and in churches.
ACTION: Send an email to President Bush thanking him for issuing the pro-life proclamation.
Related web sites:
White House – https://www.whitehouse.gov