by Steven Ertelt
April 16, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Bush renewed his call for a pro-life culture in remarks he made on Friday to the national Catholic prayer breakfast. He urged a respect for the lives of those threatened by abortion and euthanasia as well as bioethics concerns such as human cloning or embryonic stem cell research.
"Our Declaration of Independence states that our freedom rests on self-evident truths about the dignity of the human person. Throughout our nation’s history, Catholic Americans have embraced, sustained, and given their lives to defend these truths," the president told the crowd.
The remarks came on the heels of a U.S. Senate vote for a measure that would overturn his limits on forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.
Bush has promised to veto the bill because it would have taxpayers paying for the destruction of human life for scientific research.
"Renewing the promise of America begins with upholding the dignity of human life," Bush said Friday, according to a transcript of his remarks the White House provided to LifeNews.com.
"In our day there is a temptation to manipulate life in ways that do not respect the humanity of the person," he added. "When that happens, the most vulnerable among us can be valued for their utility to others instead of their own inherent worth."
"We must continue to work for a culture of life where the strong protect the weak and where we recognize in every human life the image of our Creator," Bush explained.
Top Catholics in both government in private life attended the prayer breakfast, including members of Congress and the Supreme Court — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito attended — as well as top Catholic leaders and leading government officials.
"Prayer breakfasts show the true strength of our nation. I am honored that people say to me and Laura, ‘We pray for you.’ It means a lot," the president said.