by Steven Ertelt
January 21, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com)
-- President Bush declared Sunday to be a national pro-life day for Americans to recognize the sanctity of human life. With elections this year and a new president taking office this time next year, it could be the last of Sanctity of Human Life Day that President Bush can declare during his two terms as president.
“On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we recognize that each life has inherent dignity and matchless value, and we reaffirm our steadfast determination to defend the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society,” the president said in a proclamation LifeNews.com obtained.
The president said American was founded on the believe that people should be treated equally and that they have an right to life that government should not abridge.
Bush said the nation remains committed to that principle and that he has tried to uphold pro-life values as president.
“Since taking office, I have signed legislation to help protect life at all stages, and my Administration will continue to encourage adoption, fund abstinence education and crisis pregnancy programs, and support faith-based groups,” he said.
Bush also touched on the degradation of human life through human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. He urged the scientific community to look for moral ways to find cures for disease that don't involve the destruction of human life.
“Today, as our society searches for new ways to ease human suffering, we must pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects the sacred gift of life and upholds our moral values,” he said.
In making the proclamation for the National Sanctity of Human Life Day, President Bush urged more Americans to get involved the fight to protect human life.
“Our Nation has made progress in its efforts to protect human life, and we will strive to change hearts and minds with compassion and decency,” he said. Americans should continue to “help strengthen the culture of life in America and work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”
“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,” he concluded.