Bush to receive
Cardinal O'Connor Award for pro-life efforts
Washington D.C..- Former President George W. Bush will be presented
with an award by the lay group Legatus, for his work in advancing the
pro-life cause. The ceremony will be held at the annual Legatus Summit
Feb. 5-6 in Dana Point, Calif., where Bush will address the business
group for the first time since leaving office a year ago.
The prestigious Cardinal John J. O'Connor Pro-Life Award is being given
in response to the former president's eight years of pro-life
legislation. Legatus cites his administration's opposition to embryonic
stem cell research, an executive order barring federal funds from being
used for abortion related projects abroad, the appointment of two
pro-life Supreme Court Justices and a rule protecting federally funded
health employees from taking part in abortion or practices that
conflict with their faith as policies that Bush helped enact during his
The group of Catholic business professionals also noted that one
the former president's last efforts while in office included a
declaration of Jan. 18, 2009 as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day,”
along with a statement that “the most basic duty of government is to
protect the life of the innocent.”
The former president will be a accompanied by a host of other speakers
at the event, including Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Timothy
Dolan, actress Patricia Heaton, entrepreneur Frank J. Hanna III, Fr.
Robert Spitzer, Newt and Callista Gingrich, and Thomas Donahue, the
president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve been speaking to a number of Legatus chapters about the Summit,
and people are really excited,” said Kathleen Eaton, the event
chairperson, on Thursday. “It’s been a rough year on a number of
fronts, and they really need this shot in the arm. They want to come
together to pray and learn more about what the Church is saying on
Previous recipients of the Cardinal John J. O'Connor Pro-Life Award
have included Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Fr. Thomas
Euteneuer of Human Life International, Judie Brown of the American Life
League, Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Sam Brownback, and Rep. Henry Hyde.
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