By Dave Andrusko
As we approach the end of National Right to Life’s ten part series “Abortion in America” (today is Part Nine), never will you get five minutes that more clearly illustrates the difference it makes having a pro-life President.
For eight years, pro-lifers in Congress would regularly pass protective legislation. For eight years pro-abortion President Bill Clinton would just as regularly veto them—and this from a man who hypocritically insisted he wanted abortion “safe, legal and rare”!
Then the election 2000 election of President George W. Bush who, as NRLC President Carol Tobias says today, “Changed the face of the pro-life movement for generations to come.”
Two days after being sworn into office, President Bush reestablished the Mexico City Policy, which banned giving foreign aid funds to private organizations that promote abortion overseas. In his first year Mr. Bush also established a strong hedge against federal funding for new embryonic stem cell research.
The following year, Mrs. Tobias reminds us, President Bush signed into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, a bill strongly backed by NRLC. The law guarantees that every infant born alive enjoys full legal rights under federal law, regardless of his or her stage of development or whether the live birth occurred during an abortion.
At the bill signing, the President said, “This important legislation ensures that every infant born alive — including an infant who survives an abortion procedure — is considered a person under federal law.”
Today’s episode is filled with examples of the President’s leadership and willingness to work to defend pro-life legislation. For example, Congress again passed a ban on partial-birth abortion, but this time it was signed by Mr. Bush. His Administration then vigorously defended the law in court. In 2007 all this diligence paid off when the Court upheld the ban in Gonzales v. Carhart.
And when Democrats assumed control in Congress, Mr. Bush made it unmistakably clear he would veto any bill that weakened protective pro-life measures. As Mrs. Tobias explained, that threat was enough to prevent an all-out assault on (to take just one example) the Hyde Amendment.
This is just a small sample of what you will hear today. If you missed any of the episodes in this important series, please go to www.prolifeperspective.com. And be sure to use your social networks to alert your pro-life family, friends, and colleagues.