President George H.W. Bush: A great man who will be missed

By Dave Andrusko

“Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!” — A tweet this morning from President Trump.

Official Washington and the American people paid homage this week to former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away November 30 and who will be buried tomorrow at his presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. He will be interred next to his beloved wife, Barbara, and Robin, their daughter who died at age 3 of leukemia.

Over the course of 35 hours the public paid its respect at the casket of President Bush which was lying in state in the Rotunda prior to today’s state funeral at Washington National Cathedral.

The symbolism was rich, deep, and accomplished what it was intended to do: remind us of the loss of a President whose incredible life included two terms as President Reagan’s vice president and one term as President of the United States.

As a pro-life President, Ronald Reagan set a high bar. But as you will read in President Bush’s sterling record on abortion at the end of this post, he was up to it.

There are so many examples, illustrating his commitment to protecting the vulnerable unborn at home and abroad. Let me offer just these three

On October 13, 1989, his Justice Department filed a brief with the Supreme Court in which (as the pro-abortion Washington Post put it) Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr

told the court the administration “continue{s} to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled.” The 28-page brief repeatedly argues that there is no fundamental right to abortion protected by the Constitution.

Then, as the summary below illuminates,

  • President Bush opposed the “Freedom of Choice Act,” a bill which, he said, “would impose on all 50 states an unprecedented regime of abortion on demand, going well beyond Roe v. Wade.” The President pledged, “It will not become law as long as I am President of the United States.”
  • President Bush vowed, “I will veto any legislation that weakens current law or existing regulations” pertaining to abortion. He vetoed 10 bills that contained pro-abortion provisions, including four appropriations bills which allowed for taxpayer funding of abortion.

He stood athwart the ambitions of pro-abortion Democrats which included its anti-life golden calf: federal funding of abortion.

The private family funeral and burial is tomorrow. Our prayers go out to the entire Bush family.


President George H.W. Bush’s sterling record on abortion
(1989-1993)

“Since 1973, there have been about 20 million abortions. This is a tragedy of shattering proportions.”

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned.”
                       — President George H.W. Bush

*The Bush Administration urged the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to pass laws to protect unborn children, stating “protection of innocent human life — in or out of the womb — is certainly the most compelling interest that a State can advance.”

*President Bush opposed the “Freedom of Choice Act,” a bill which, he said, “would impose on all 50 states an unprecedented regime of abortion on demand, going well beyond Roe v. Wade.” The President pledged, “It will not become law as long as I am President of the United States.”

*President Bush vowed, “I will veto any legislation that weakens current law or existing regulations” pertaining to abortion. He vetoed 10 bills that contained pro-abortion provisions, including four appropriations bills which allowed for taxpayer funding of abortion.

*President Bush vetoed U.S. funding of the UNFPA, citing the agency’s participation in the management of China’s forced abortion program.

*President Bush strongly defended the “Mexico City Policy,” which cut off U.S. foreign aid funds to private organizations that performed or promoted abortion overseas. Three separate legal challenges to the policy by pro-abortion organizations were defeated by the Administration in federal courts.

*President Bush prohibited 4,000 federally funded family planning clinics from counseling and referring for abortions.

*President Bush steadfastly refused to fund research that encouraged or depended on abortion, including transplantation of tissues harvested from aborted babies.

*The Bush Administration prohibited personal importation of the French abortion pill, RU-486.

*The Bush Administration prohibited the performance of abortion on U.S. military bases, except to save the mother’s life and fought Congressional attempts to reverse this policy