by Steven Ertelt
May 5, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Last week, President Bush issued a letter to the leaders of Congress informing them that he will veto any legislation sent to his desk that uses federal taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. The president sent his letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"I will veto any legislation that weakens current Federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage," the president promised.
Bush told the abortion advocates that he is "concerned" that they are going to approve federal spending bills that alter current U.S. policy prohibit the funding of abortion in various circumstances.
In doing so, Bush said Reid and Pelosi would "allow taxpayer dollars to be used for the destruction of human life" and he wanted to make sure they did not "misunderstand my views on these important issues."
The president tried to persuade the pair about the dignity and worth of human life.
"Our Nation was founded on the belief that every human being has rights, dignity, and matchless value," he wrote. "Every child should be welcomed into life and protected in law. The advancement of science and medicine need not conflict with the ethical imperative to cherish and protect every life."
"In fact, advances in science have made it possible to see life developing at earlier stages and underscore Americans’ obligation to protect helpless and innocent life from destruction, whether it is in the womb or elsewhere," Bush added.
He told the Democratic lawmakers that they would create considerable controversy by asking Americans to "fund efforts that end human life."
Bush said his veto threat extended to legislation concerning current law, known as the Hyde amendment, which restricts federal funding on abortions in both domestic and international situations to very rare cases when the mother’s life is threatened or in rape or incest.
He also said the veto threat related to any attempt to modify his Mexico City Policy that prohibits using taxpayer monies to fund groups that promote or perform abortions overseas or for groups like the UNFPA which participate in or promote coercive family planning policies like China’s.
"I urge that these and other existing, important protections be respected and continued. I believe it is the most basic duty of Government to guard the innocent," Bush concluded.
Click here to read the text of the letter.