Pro-Life Groups Applaud President Bush’s State of the Union Address

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 3, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups Applaud President Bush’s State of the Union Address

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 3, 2005

Washington, DC ( — According to leading pro-life advocates, the president hit a home run on the State of the Union speech Wednesday night. In the address, Bush talked about his pro-life views on key bioethics issues and the language he used resonated with many leaders.

"The president was clear and definite … on the subject of scientific research," said Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.

"President Bush assured the American public that this nation will ‘continue to lead the world in medical research that is ambitious, aggressive and always ethical," Perkins explained.

"To build a culture of life, we must also ensure that scientific advances always serve human dignity, not take advantage of some lives for the benefit of others," the president cautioned in his speech.

Jan LaRue of Concerned Women for America also liked what she heard.

"The president did, in fact, address several of the very important moral and social issues which brought people out by the droves who put him back into office," she says. "He did not break faith in that sense by not addressing those very important things, such as a ‘culture of life.’"

Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition, said Bush "rightly showed respect for the right to life, born and unborn, in a country which is increasingly becoming more pro-life."

Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson also reacted positively to the speech.

"The president delivered a powerful, moving speech this evening, speaking to the most important issues of the day with forcefulness and confident cadence, the pro-life leader said. "We especially appreciated that he reaffirmed his commitment to the culture of life."

Perkins encouraged the president to "urge greater support for funding adult stem cell research" and "educate the American people in the difference between adult and embryonic stem cells."

That’s important Perkins said because "adult stem cell research has yielded over 50 successful treatments as opposed to embryonic stem cell research which has not yielded a single cure."