George W Bush on Abortion


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George Bush’s web site, www.georgebush.com, contains a number of articles about two specific relevant bills that the president supported: The Partial Birth Abortion Ban and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

The web site includes the text of the speech Mr Bush gave when he signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban into law. [It is presently being challenged in court. – Ed] Some excerpts:

For years, a terrible form of violence has been directed against children who are inches from birth, while the law looked the other way. Today, at last, the American people and our government have confronted the violence and come to the defense of the innocent child. …

America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalienable right of life. And the most basic duty of government is to defend the life of the innocent. Every person, however frail or vulnerable, has a place and a purpose in this world. Every person has a special dignity. This right to life cannot be granted or denied by government, because it does not come from government, it comes from the Creator of life. …

Regarding the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, his campaign web site says, “This new law acknowledges a common-sense proposition: When a crime of violence against a pregnant woman kills or injures her unborn child, there are two victims, and two offenses that should be punished.”

(Note: The bill only affects cases where federal law (as opposed to state law) applies. And it specifically exempts abortion – it only applies if someone kills an unborn child without the mother’s consent. It surely would not have passed Congress or the courts without this exemption.)

The article on the Unborn Victims of Violence bill ends with a series of tidbits contrasting Mr Bush’s position with Mr Kerry’s, such as:


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30 Apr 2004.

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