By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias begins Part Nine of PLP’s ten-part series on the modern history of abortion in America with a statement that ought to be remembered by all pro-lifers:
“The election of George W. Bush in November of 2000 changed the face of the pro-life movement for generations to come.”
Indeed, Mr. Bush did, and today’s broadcast—which you can hear at www.prolifeperspective.com— is a tribute to all the advances the Movement made during his two terms in office. The list goes on and on:
Just two days after taking office, President George W. Bush reinstated the Reagan/Bush era “Mexico City Policy” once again prohibiting federal funding of organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas.
That same year Bush signed into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which affords babies who survive abortion the same legal protections as babies who are spontaneously born prematurely.
In August, Bush declared that federal funds could not be used for embryo-killing stem cell research. He would ultimately use his veto twice to prevent enactment of bills that would have overturned this pro-life policy. The types of adult stem cell research that the President promoted, which used ethical sources that didn’t require killing human embryos realized major breakthroughs during his administration.
In 2002, the U.S. House passed, with President Bush’s support the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, which would establish that federal state and local governments may not discriminate against health care providers and insurers because of refusal to perform, cover or pay for induced abortions.
After a protracted battle, two presidential vetoes by Bill Clinton and a Supreme Court ruling, Congress passed in 2003, and the president signed, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Confident that the law would withstand the Supreme Court, the Bush Administration devoted the fullest resources to defending the law in the federal courts.
In 2004, Congress finally enacted the Unborn Victims of Violence Act – over strong objections by pro-abortion members. The law recognizes unborn children as victims of violent federal crimes.
And that is just the beginning of all the victories made possible by President George W. Bush, which also include important Supreme Court appointments and the judicious use of the threat of a presidential veto.
To hear Mrs. Tobias speak about the entire list, go to www.prolifeperspective.com, and please be sure to forward this link using your Twitter and Facebook accounts.