Bush Declares “National Sanctity of Human Life Day”

January 16, 2009

George W. Bush, who entered office pledging to be a "uniter, not a divider," is leaving office by issuing an official Proclamation on the most divisive issue in American politics: abortion.  Yesterday   he declared January 18 to be "National Sanctity of Human Life Day 2009."   The Proclamation reads, in part:

  "All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. . . .

  "The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. . . .

  "America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals."

I wonder how many other ways of respecting the "sanctity of human life" readers of   Free Thinking can think of.  Your comments and suggestions are welcome.



#1 marcomn (Guest) on Friday January 16, 2009 at 8:16pm

How about Iraqui kids ? The ones from Gaza ?

When will someone declare “Quality of Life Day” and send some condoms via Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe and even to those “poor” (in the sense that they are starved of knowledge) kids in USA ?

#2 Mike W (Guest) on Friday January 16, 2009 at 9:31pm

I always feel sorry for bush whenever i see him on television or whatever, he looks so pathetic, so stupid,
but every time i hear him speak, or hear of what he has done, i just want to punch him in the god damn face.
and while were at it, bring on the ‘creator’, he’s getting a bitch slap.

#3 Kevin (Guest) on Friday January 16, 2009 at 9:46pm

You can’t be pro-life and pro-war. Period.

#4 Kevin (Guest) on Friday January 16, 2009 at 9:48pm

WAIT! You left out THE BEST PART!

“We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.”

Now if that isn’t something the Bush tenure left a marvellous record for…..

#5 Kyle (Guest) on Saturday January 17, 2009 at 6:12am

Just when we think all the hurdles have been accounted for, he goes and throws another one that must be cleaned up.

Also good point about innocent children who are not fortunate enough to be in the stomach of a woman in the U.S.
Oh well though. Probably not good christians like ol’ George anyway. They dont really count.


#6 Lucretius on Saturday January 17, 2009 at 9:40am

Why isn’t he consistent and issue a presidential order immediately banning all abortions?

#7 Anthony B. (Guest) on Saturday January 17, 2009 at 8:48pm

What a sneaky undercut!  He squeezes it in at the last minutes of his presidency like a coward because he knows the backlash that would follow.  He further insinuates that those who are pro-choice must therefore NOT hold the idea of the sanctity of life.  Then he has the balls to bring up science and remember our values and morals, which I assume is a jab at stem cell research.  Short-sighted hypocrisy at its best.

I think Ron Lindsay has it right.  Somebody should bring up the point that we must then have a healthcare crisis from all the naturally aborted fetuses and our priorities are skewed for not working to put an end to the millions of deaths if we go by Bush logic.  Why aren’t they working to protect those miscarried embyros that are “sacred, unique, and worthy of protection”? Don’t these have a “special place and purpose in this world”?  Apparently those deaths are a non sequitur.

#8 Jeff P (Guest) on Sunday January 18, 2009 at 8:55am

Amen to all comments so far.

To start a war on false pretenses is not to be cognizant of, or to authoritatively declare the value of sacred human life.

#9 Paul Fidalgo (Guest) on Sunday January 18, 2009 at 10:23pm

My biggest problem with this is an official pronouncement from the president that assumes a supernatural being exists and made life sacred, without the sacredness of life (however one defines or acts upon it), rather than sacredness being bestowed by humans. Human life would be worthy of protection whether it was magically generated or not.

I know that’s not the point of this post, and Bush Gods all over the place all the time. But the *first* thing that raises my ire about his proclamation is not his abortion divisiveness, but his governmental theism.

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