Loading
President Bush addresses 2008 March for Life
President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush

.- Speaking from the East Room of the White House, President George W. Bush addressed pro-life protestors at the Washington March for Life rally Tuesday morning, saying, “I’m proud to be standing with you.”

“I see people with a deep conviction that even the most vulnerable member of the human family is a child of God.  You're here because you know that all life deserves to be protected.  And as you begin your march, I'm proud to be standing with you,” the president said.

President Bush noted that the 2008 March for Life marked the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which mandated legalized abortion nationwide.  He said that though Roe v. Wade had decided that an unborn child is not considered a person under the law, biology teaches us that each unborn child is a separate individual with his or her own genetic code.  Medical technology, he said, now helps babies live outside their mother’s womb at earlier and earlier ages, and ultrasound technology enables us to see and empathize with the unborn.

“And the fingers and toes and beating hearts that we can see on an unborn child's ultrasound come with something that we cannot see:  a soul,” the president declared.

Saying that pro-lifers are heartened by a decline in abortion numbers, Bush said the recent data showing that more than one in five pregnancies end in abortion should be a cause for action.  “America is better than this,” he said.

The pro-life goal, in the president’s view, was to build a “culture of life” where women with unplanned pregnancies can find care and young pregnant women can complete their education.  America must be a place “where the dignity of both the mother and child is honored and cherished.”

President Bush spoke of pro-life legislative successes that promoted adoption and extended legal protection to infants who survive abortions.  Pro-lifers had worked together to ban the “cruel” practice of partial-birth abortion, he said, while stem cell research breakthroughs made it possible to advance science while respecting human life.

The president spoke of a “new America” on the horizon, a nation where life would be respected.  “This America is rooted in our belief that in a civilized society, the strong protect the weak.  This America is nurtured by people like you, who speak up for the weak and the innocent,” President Bush stated.

Referencing the Declaration of Independence, he reminded the marchers that the United States’ founding document speaks of the right to life as “a gift of the Creator, not a grant of the state.”

The president said that “changing hearts” is what it will take to build a culture of life.  He expressed optimism about the receptivity of Americans to the pro-life cause:

“The hearts of the American people are good.  Their minds are open to persuasion.  And our history shows that a cause rooted in human dignity and appealing to the best instincts of the American people cannot fail.  So take heart.”

President Bush ended his speech by asking God to bless the marchers.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
20

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Gospel
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Homily
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: