National Children's Day

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On October 10, 1997, at 3:50 pm, President Clinton announced a Presidential Proclamation declaring October 12 to be "National Children's Day".

In the declaration, he stated

With the birth of every child, the world becomes new again. Within each new infant lies enormous potential -- potential for loving, for learning, and for making life better for others. But this potential must be nurtured. Just as seeds need fertile soil, warm sunshine, and gentle rain to grow, so do our children need a caring environment, the security of knowing they are loved, and the encouragement and opportunity to make the most of their God-given talents. There is no more urgent task before us, as a people and as a Nation, than creating such an environment for America's children.


As we observe National Children's Day this year, let us recommit ourselves to creating a society where parents can raise healthy, happy children; where every newborn is cherished, where every child is encouraged to succeed, and where all our young people are free to pursue their dreams.

On October 10, 1997, at 4:30 pm, less than one hour later, President Clinton announced his veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. This law would have made it a crime to kill a child who was in the process of being born, partially delivered. Apparently he believes that not quite all newborns should be cherished, or that a child who is only 4/5 born does not meet his definition of "newborn", and that these children do not need a caring environment or the security of knowing that they are loved.

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Posted 14 Sep 2000.

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