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    National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2002 by the President of the United States of America a Proclamation

    National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2002 by the President of the United States of America a Proclamation

    This Nation was founded upon the belief that every human being is endowed by our Creator with certain "unalienable rights." Chief among them is the right to life itself. The Signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their own lives, fortunes, and honor to guarantee inalienable rights for all of the new country's citizens. These visionaries recognized that an essential human dignity attached to all persons by virtue of their very existence and not just to the strong, the independent, or the healthy. That value should apply to every American, including the elderly and the unprotected, the weak and the infirm, and even to the unwanted.

    Thomas Jefferson wrote that, "[t]he care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government." President Jefferson was right. Life is an inalienable right, understood as given to each of us by our Creator.

    President Jefferson's timeless principle obligates us to pursue a civil society that will democratically embrace its essential moral duties, including defending the elderly, strengthening the weak, protecting the defenseless, feeding the hungry, and caring for children -- born and unborn. Mindful of these and other obligations, we should join together in pursuit of a more compassionate society, rejecting the notion that some lives are less worthy of protection than others, whether because of age or illness, social circumstance or economic condition. Consistent with the core principles about which Thomas Jefferson wrote, and to which the Founders subscribed, we should peacefully commit ourselves to seeking a society that values life -- from its very beginnings to its natural end. Unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected in law.

    On September 11, we saw clearly that evil exists in this world, and that it does not value life. The terrible events of that fateful day have given us, as a Nation, a greater understanding about the value and wonder of life. Every innocent life taken that day was the most important person on earth to somebody; and every death extinguished a world. Now we are engaged in a fight against evil and tyranny to preserve and protect life. In so doing, we are standing again for those core principles upon which our Nation was founded.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 20, 2002, as National

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    Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to reflect upon the sanctity of human life. Let us recognize the day with appropriate ceremonies in our homes and places of worship, rededicate ourselves to compassionate service on behalf of the weak and defenseless, and reaffirm our commitment to respect the life and dignity of every human being.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-sixth.

    GEORGE W. BUSH

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    Sign additional funding

    This president is big on proclamations but are the $$$$ behind them. How about funding for research, $$$ for respite care to relieve caregivers, etc.
    Words are worthless without action and $$$. Put your money where your mouth is.

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    I think Bush has made it very clear where his priorities and has already "put his money where his mouth is". Big corporations like IBM clearly need billions in tax cuts... and any of us suffering from potentially curable conditions should just suffer/die or accept our fate. Or at the very least wait & suffer considerably longer than is necessary.

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    Words are important !

    Say what you may about our delemma, in search for the cure, but I for one welcome words like that because they are the foundations that everything else is built upon.Thankyou Mr. President.

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    President Bush:

    In your proclamation you point out:

    "This Nation was founded upon the belief that every human being is endowed by our Creator with certain "unalienable rights." Chief among them is the right to life itself."

    But do you extend these "unalienable rights" to include an indivigual's right to end their own life when their unending, unspeakable misery does nothing but serve the rapacious interests of others?

    James Kelly

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    "Mindful of these and other obligations, we should join together in pursuit of a more compassionate society, rejecting the notion that some lives are less worthy of protection than others, whether because of age or illness, social circumstance or economic condition. Consistent with the core principles about which Thomas Jefferson wrote, and to which the Founders subscribed, we should peacefully commit ourselves to seeking a society that values life -- from its very beginnings to its natural end."

    Strange but young men and women in the armed forces aren't mentioned here. I wonder what "peacefully" means to old George Dubya. But then he was a reserve jet jockey.

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    Not a historian either

    Bush is pushing for the overturn of Roe V Wade as this weekmarked the anniversary. What he doesn't point out is that abortion was coomon and LEGAL during Jefferson's time. The convenience of omission.

    Besides the enlisted Sue, he also leaves out the innocent that we are bombing the crap out of. Most "men" from the Taliban have long sice vanished and what we are now seeing is collateral damage/death as well as the death of innocent civilians.

    This proclamation and the Roe v Wade undertone should tell us all what the future of stem cell research looks like.

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    I know Chese. The Roe vs Wade part scares me too. I used to go down to DC every year for the Pro-choice rally. If people want to stop abortion than send unwed fathers to jail and when they get out give them sole custody. And yes, there are 6 of the Northern Alliance soldiers down at Walter Reed now for treatment. More soldiers and some civilians are also expected. I imagine there will be children missing limbs from grenades and mines in the peds unit.

    Funny how we managed with a constitiution that didn't mention medical care for so long, huh? Republicans hate more government until it came to womens' bodies. Guess it will be back to the ancient herbal aborticants if the choice law is overturned. And HOW can an egg with the genes of a skin cell inserted in it be called a fertilized egg? Has basic reproduction changed since I was 15? Next they'll decide that brain dead is not dead and so organs will become unusable for transplants as a "body" is allowed to die of oxygen deprivation.

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