by Steven Ertelt
June 14, 2007
Kansas City, KS (LifeNews.com) — President Bush greeted the more than one thousand pro-life advocates from across the country who are attending the National Right to Life convention here in Kansas City. He encouraged the pro-life advocates to continue their fight to protect life and touted his record of pro-life accomplishments during his tenure as president.
He applauded the history of the pro-life movement and the dedication of the people who advance the cause of life.
"More than three decades have passed since this group of courageous Americans took on of the greatest moral issues of our time — the protection of human life," the president said.
"For 3 years the right to life movement has spoken with clarity and conviction and you have rallied millions of Americans to our cause," Bush added. "You have been a fearless shepherd of the innocent and unborn. You’ve helped our citizens understand that the mark of a great nation is that it has respect for human life."
"You have welcomed the unborn in life and protected them in law," Bush said.
The president listed some of the measures he signed into law — the first pro-life bills to become federal law since the handing down of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited abortion.
He mentioned the Unborn Victims of Violence Act that offers legal protection and justice to pregnant women and their unborn children who are victims of violence; the Born Alive Infants Protection Act to help those unborn children who survive botched abortions; and the federal ban on partial-birth abortions that the high court recently upheld.
He said the court’s decision came about in part because of two justices he appointed to the Supreme Court — Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.
Bush also touted his record stopping taxpayer funding of abortions and his decision on the first day of office in 2001 to ensure that Americans wouldn’t see their tax money go to groups that perform and promote abortions in other countries.
"Together we’ve compiled an unprecedented record in the defense of the unborn and our work continues," Bush said. He called on the pro-life people at the NRLC convention to work with him to "promote adoption, abstinence and crisis pregnancy centers programs."
President Bush said his respect for human life crosses into the bioethics real as well and touches on issues like human cloning and stem cell research.
"Stand with me to promote the promise and potential of stem cell research without crossing a fundamental moral life," he urged.
Ultimately, Bush encouraged the attendees to "embrace a culture of life" — saying this is a "time of challenge for the pro-life movement but a time of promise as well."
"Human life is a gift from our creator and a blessing we are charged to protect," the president concluded. "I salute you for all your achievement and I thank you for continuing the fight for the unborn."