Sunday, January 18, 2009

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009

President Bush
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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.

The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.

America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.

The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.


The White House


Mrs. Murphy said...

How wonderful! What an amazing president he has been, I wish more people could see the truth! I had to copy and put it on my blog too! The more who know the better! Thanks Esther!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

In gratitude for his stand for Pro-life. Cathy

Marie said...

I will be posting a piece I have written about the President tomorrow:). I am sure many will be unhappy with it but I hope I have been fair to President Bush. And if others are offended I really don't give a monkey's lol;)heehee.

Peace & love to you Esther:)

Marie xooxoxox

Anonymous said...

Wonderful words. Unfortunately, though, I fear it will be another four years (or eight years!) until we again see such words from an American president. We must pray for our new president and for our country!

SR said...

I just pray that Obama's promise to remove all restrictions from abortions in the US and to fund abortions around the world with US tax dollars does is not fulfilled on the back of this great initiative.

Rosemary said...

I did not know about this. How wonderful. He has been a very good President for the unborn. Actually, I think he's been a good president period-- a man of integrity. Thanks for posting this.

EC Gefroh said...

Mrs. M. and Rosemary I really like and respect Pres. Bush. I don't agree with all his decisions but he has been a good pro-life president.

Cathy, amen.

I can't wait Marie!

Argh! Bite your tongue re: 8 years! 4 years seems like an eternity as it is ;-)

SR, same here.

Marie said...

it's there Esther..A fair and balanced view I hope:)

With much love,

Marie ooxoxoxox

EC Gefroh said...

Thanks Marie. I thought it was terrific!