Friday, January 16, 2009

President Proclaims January 18 As Sanctity of Human Life Day

Yesterday President Bush issued a Proclamation (full text) declaring January 18 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day 2009. The Proclamation says 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. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life..... We ... encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause.

5 comments:

Kagehi said...

Up next, Bush pronounces that Jan. 20th will be, "I was the best president ever day." How many of these ass kissing BS days is he planning to promote, in a laughable attempt to convince anyone that doesn't already believe it, that he was worth something as a president? You know, especially given that each of them pretty much are geared at "pissing off" people that disagreed with the principles of or where highly suspicious of the real intent behind them, in the first place.

chris said...

Can the Obama administration override this? Must we have a 'day' for everything Bush desires but cannot impose on the nation?

Barb said...

So, Chris, you don't believe in the sanctity of human life?

Chimera said...

"So, Chris, you don't believe in the sanctity of human life?"

Explain where you came up with that lame idea, Barb.

chris said...

As a professional ethicist, I would never bite on 'don't you believe in the sanctity of life' as an opener. It is especially fallacious of Barb to pose that challenge when we all know she assumes that a fetus is 'a life' in the morally relevant sense. No nuance, no discussion.

I do, in fact, think that the life and well-being of women and their partners may be important enough - if not 'sanctified' - to allow them to choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy. Of course, I think women old enough to be pregnant and men old enough to be their partners are undoubtedly 'alive.' Prhaps we could begin there.