'Culture of life' made progress, Bush says during final address
The sanctity of human life made advances during his eight years in the White House, President Bush said in a recent interview.
The president defended his advocacy for a "culture of life" in an Oval Office interview with columnist Cal Thomas that was published Jan. 7.
Saying he believes "we have made progress on the issue of culture of life," Bush told Thomas, "I do believe people are beginning to understand why a person like me takes the position I take. And I do believe we can take those positions without being so judgmental that our voice is not heard. In other words, I have always tried to say, 'I understand your position, but here's mine, and here's why I think this makes sense for a compassionate America.'
"[A]s we disagree, let's keep things in mind: that all life is precious; that a society is strong when it worries about the most vulnerable among us, whether it be those who are elderly, those who are sick and those who are yet unborn."
During the Bush presidency, his administration reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which bars federal funds from going to organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas, and blocked during the last seven years congressionally approved funds for a United Nations agency that supports China's coercive population-control program. Bush also signed into law such pro-life measures as the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act and the Born-alive Infants Protection Act. In 2001, he ordered a ban on federal funding for stem cell research that destroys embryos.
Source: Baptist Press
Source URL: http://www.bpnews.net
Publish Date: January 16, 2009
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