With just two days left to his presidency, George W. Bush has declared January 18th ‘National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009′. The pro-life movement has had no greater friend in the White House and the president’s strong stand for life is indeed part of his legacy. Read more about it, see photos and watch a compelling video.

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President Bush with mischievious-looking Friend during T-Ball

Some pro-life Americans have had their disagreements with President Bush on issues other then life resulting, sadly, in their support of pro-abortion Barack Obama for president. But top pro-life leaders say President Bush will leave behind a very strong and lasting legacy as a champion of the pro-life cause. In one of his final proclamations from the Oval Office, he said this:

“All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.”

President Bush has demonstrated his pro-life commitment time and time again over the past eight years. During his first week in office he reinstituted the ‘Mexico City Policy’ that stops taxpayer funding of groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations. Later he extended that policy further to prevent pro-abortion funding within all State Department programs.

Here are other significant commitments the president made for the cause of life:

  • He also cut off funding for the UNFPA, a United Nations agency found to have been involved in supporting and working with Chinese family planning officials as the implemented the nation’s one-child policy with forced abortions.
  • President Bush followed that up with a policy preventing taxpayers from being forced to pay for new embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
  • The president signed every piece of pro-life legislation that came to his desk, including the partial-birth abortion ban and a bill to make sure babies who survive botched abortions receive appropriate medical care.
  • President Bush signed into law the Unborn Victims of Violence Act to offer protection and justice to pregnant women like Laci Peterson and their unborn children who are killed or injured in violent attacks.
  • He also signed measures to reduce abortions among disabled babies by helping provide parents of children with Down syndrome and other ailments with alternatives.
  • President Bush also repeatedly threatened to veto any Congressional bill that removed one of the many different protections against taxpayer funded abortions.
  • On the bioethics front, President Bush offered to sign a ban on all forms of human cloning, though Congress never took him up on the offer. He also pressed for a UN call for nations to ban human cloning.
  • He tried to stop the use of federally-controlled drugs in assisted suicides in Oregon, but the courts stopped him from doing so and Congress never approved a bill backing him up.
  • With a the new administration, the next months and years are uncertain times for the pro-life movement. In fact, I expect the contrast between the Bush years and the Obama administration on pro-life issues will be striking — and heartbreaking.

    Right Pundits has well documented Obama’s extremist pro-abortion position here, here, and here. Obama’s promise to Planned Parenthood to get the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) passed, as his first presidential act, is more then slightly disturbing.

    I stand with President Bush on the Sanctity of Life. It is indeed written in the hearts of all men and women. Should we not all aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law?

    You can read President George W. Bush’s full proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009 by going here.

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