Friday, June 08, 2007

Dennis Prager Is Wrong

Sometimes, instead of listening to Rush, I listen to Dennis Prager,
another conservative (I thought) talk show host.

Unfortunately today he was talking about how it didn't make sense to choose a president based on his pro-life (or lack thereof) stance.

He said that electing a pro-life president is a waste of time because the only two things he can do is sign legislation and appoint justices
to the Supreme Court.

Therefore, Rudy Guiliani is an acceptable Republican candidate worth consideration.


Update: I found the transcript(?) of the portion of Mr Prager's show in which he said this...

...let’s be honest, pro-life presidents have done nothing, nothing with regard to abortion, and the reason is they can’t do anything. It’s not the executive’s place. Ronald Reagan was pro-life, George W. Bush is pro-life. The only thing they can do is appoint Supreme Court justices, and Rudy Giuliani has essentially sworn on his mother’s life, or on his mother’s grave, if she’s not with us, that he would appoint people just like George W. Bush appointed, and I believe him.

It's not an exact transcript. He said there's only 2 things a president can do and he didn't mention Reagan at this particular point...


I know many of us are not happy with President Bush right now for
various reasons but here is a partial list of what a pro-life
president can do (and has done).

January 22, 2001 President Bush Reinstates Mexico City Policy (bans
use of U.S. money for organizations that promote abortion overseas)

March 22, 2001 President Bush Helps Dedicate Pope John Paul II
Cultural Center

"The Pope reminds us that while freedom defines our nation,
responsibility must define our lives," the President said. "He
challenges us to live up to our aspirations, to be a fair and just
society where all are welcomed, all
are valued, and all are protected. And he is never more eloquent than
when he speaks for a culture of life. The culture of life is a
welcoming culture, never excluding, never dividing, never despairing
and always affirming the
goodness of life in all its seasons."

March 28, 2001 Reuters reports "Bush issues abortion rule order,
outflanks Senate"

April 17, 2001 President Bush Restricts RU-86 Funding and Close White
House Feminist Office

April 24, 2001 Bush Bans Sex Films from Air Force One

April 25, 2001 President Bush appoints Fatherhood proponent

April 30, 2001 Proclamation - National Day of Prayer

May 16, 2001 U.S. House Backs President Bush in Denying Funds to
Overseas Groups That Promote Abortion Legalization

May 17, 2001 Bush Administration Begins Effort to Put Pro-Life
Advocates on International Panels Source: Washington Post

May 21, 2001 Further Analysis Shows Bush's First Judicial Picks
Promising Source: Pro-Life Infonet

May 26 Bush Overrules Powell on Nominee Appoints Pro-lifer to
Important State Department Post

June 1, 2001 Bush Won't Issue Gay Proclamation, Opts Out of Gay Pride
Day Source: Associated Press

June 21, 2001 Bush Supports Strongest Pro-Life Ban on Human Cloning
Source: Associated Press

July 6, 2001 Bush Administration Awards Abstinence Grants to CPCs,
Pro-Life Groups

August 13, 2001 Bush Would Veto Any Funding of Additional ESCR

August 16, 2001 Attorney General John Ashcroft recently warned that
less than 10 % of judges nominated by Bush have even had a hearing
before the Democratically led Senate Judiciary Committee

August 28, 2001 Bush Won't Back Down to the United Nations on Abortion
Source: Reuters

October 15, 2001 Bush Administration Awards Adoption Awareness Grants-
HHS Press Release

November 7, 2001 White House and Lawmakers Fight Pro-Abortion Amendments

November 7, 2001 Democratically Led Senate Attempts to Weaken Pro-Life
Policies Are Blocked by Veto Threats and Pro-Life Lawmakers

December 5, 2001 Bush Selects Pro-Life Ex-Gov to Head Republican Party

December 10, 2002 Changes in the White House (from the Patriot's Herald)

January 31, 2002 Bush Administration Proposes Coverage of Unborn
Children in Health Insurance

February 26, 2002 President Bush's Remarks at St. Luke's Catholic Church

September 27, 2002 Bush Administration Finalizes Coverage of Unborn
Child in Health Insurance

January 18, 2002 Bush Declares Sanctity of Life Day January 20, 2002

January 22, 2002 Remarks By President Bush in Phone Call to March For
Life Participants

January 20, 2002 President Bush Seeks Increased Abstinence Funding
Source: Associated Press

January 31, 2002 Bush Administration Classifies Developing Fetus as
Unborn Child Source: Associated Press

States may classify a developing fetus as an "unborn child" eligible
for government health care, the Bush administration said Thursday,
giving low-income women access to prenatal care and bolstering the
arguments of
abortion opponents.

February 1, 2002 President Bush has chosen an advocate for the aging
who once worked with Mother Teresa to head his revamped effort to
provide federal funds to religious charities. See the interview with
Jim Towey in Crisis Magazine

February 2, 2002 President Bush's Sincere Appreciation For Prayers
Said For Him

February 26, 2002 The President's Welfare Reform focuses on families,
abstinence and work

March 6, 2002 Bush's National Institute of Health Nominee Supports
Complete Ban on Human Cloning Source: Washington Post, Baltimore Sun

March 14, 2002 Democratically led Senate quashes Nomination of
Pro-Life Judge Charles Pickering

April 8, 2002 President Bush Will Speak to Pro-Life Leaders Wednesday
Source: National Right to Life News

April 10, 2002 President Bush's Remarks in Opposition to Human Cloning

April 11, 2002 President Bush Calls on Senate to Back Human Cloning

April 11, 2002 UN Decides Against Cairo+10, Fears Bush Administration
Source: Friday Fax

May 2, 2002 Proclamation National Day of Prayer

May 2, 2002 Bush Administration Opposing Abortion at UN Child
Conference Source: Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute

May 23, 2002 Pro-Life Judge D. Brook Smith confirmed for Third Circuit
Court of Appeals

May 26, 2002 Atheist loses bid to halt Bush's faith references

May 31, 2002 Crisis Magazine Editor Evaluates Bush's Relations With U.S.

July 9, 2002 Pro-Abortion Groups Attack Bush Judicial Nominee- Priscilla Owen
Source: Reported by Associated Press

July 22, 2002 Bush Administration Withholds UNFPA Money Source: Associated Press

July 24, 2002 Bush Announces Initiavtive to Encourage Adoptoin of
Children in Foster Care

July 29, 2002 Bush Inherited a Weak Economy: By January 2001 when Bush
took office Nasdaq tumbled 46% off its peak and the GDP had
decelerated to 1.9% in the quarter just ended from 5.7% just six
months earlier.
Source: Editorial in Investors Business Daily

August 5, 2002 Bush Signs Born-Alive Infants Protection Act Source:
National Right to Life Committee

September 17, 2002 NARAL Opposes Michael McConnell's Nomination to the
Tenth Circuit Court Of Appeals
Statement of NARAL President Kate Michelman

October 3, 2002 Democrat-Controlled U.S. Senate Kills Pro-Life Bills
Favored by President Bush and Passed by U.S. House

* The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 4965), passed by the House
on July 24, 2002, 274-151.

* The Weldon-Stupak-Brownback legislation to ban all human cloning,
including the cloning of human embryos (H.R. 2505, S. 1899), passed by
the House on July 31, 2001, 265-162.

* The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 503), a bill to recognize
as a legal victim any unborn child who is injured or killed during
commission of a federal crime, passed by the House on April 26, 2001,

* The Child Custody Protection Act (H.R. 476), to make it a crime to
take a minor across state lines for a secret abortion, if this
abridges her parents ' right to be involved under their home-state
law, passed by the House on
April 17, 2002, 260-161.

* The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 4691), to prohibit state
and local governments from discriminating against hospitals and other
health care providers for refusing to participate in abortions, passed
by the House
on September 25, 2002, 229-189.

October 6, 2002 President Bush Building Strong Pro-Life Record
Source: Boston Globe

October 14, 2002 White House staffers gather for Voluntary Bible
Study Voluntary Meetings
Source: USA Today

October 17, 2002 Germany Attacks Bush Administration Position Against
All Human Cloning
Source: Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute

October 29, 2002 Pro-Abortion Group and Senator Daschle jointly
appeal for pro-abortion Senate- Reported by National Right to Life
Source: Email Sent From NARAL

October 29, 2002 Pro-Abortion Group opposes nomination of Dr. W. David
Hager to chair the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.
Hager is a member groups like Christian Medical Association and
Resource Council for Focus on the Family Source: California Abortion
Rights Action League

October 30, 2002 Bush Directs Advisory Committee to Protect Human Embryos
Source: Associated Press,Washington Post

October 31, 2002 Pro-Life Groups Applaud Bush Decision on Human Embryos
Source:Cybercast News Service

November 1, 2002 Bush backs away from reproductive health pact
Source: Knight Ridder Newspapers

November 8, 2002 Bush Administration Fights for UN to Oppose All Human Cloning
Source: Reuters

November 8, 2002 Bush Right to Oppose Abortion at International Meetings
Source: Population Resource Institute

November 14, 2002 White House Pressures Congress to Keep Military Abortion Ban
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

Novermber 18, 2002 Pro-Abortion Senators May Filibuster Pro-Life
Judicial Nominee
Source: NY Times, National Review

November 19, 2002 Senate Approves Pro-Life Judicial Nominee
Source:Associated Press

November 19, 2002 Bush Administration Opposition Continues to Derail
Fake UN Cloning Ban
Source: Associated Press

November 21, 2002 Bush Nominee for FDA Panel Says RU 486 Unsafe
Source: Cybercast News Service

November 25, 2002 Abortion Advocates Bash Bush's Pro-Life Foreign Policy
Source: Cybercast News Service

November 26, 2002 Don't Believe the Media Portrayal of Bush as Not Pro-Life
Source: by Paul Weyrich Cybercast News Service

November 27, 2002 Radicals Attack Bush Because of UN Pro-life Stance
Source: Austin Ruse of Friday Fax

December 3, 2002 Ralph Neas of the Pro-Abortion Group People For The
American Way President Bush for Nominating Pro-Life Judges
Source: People For the American Way

December 9, 2002 Bush Administration Cracks Down on Illegally
Imported Abortion Drugs
Source: Associated Press

December 10, 2002 Bush May Nominate Pro-Life Supreme Court, Appeals
Court Justices
Source: New York Times, U.S. News and World Report

December 12, 2002 Bush Srongly Condemns Racism While Promoting Faith
Based Initiatives
See the President's Remarks at

December 12, 2002 Congressional Letter Supports Bush Opposition to
International Abortion Advocacy
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

December 15, 2002 UN Population Summit Begins, Bush Administration
Battles Abortion Advocates
Source: Associated Press, Knight Ridder Newspapers

December 17, 2002 Bush Admin. Called 'Heroic' For Opposing Abortion
At Population Summit
Source: Cybercast News Service

December 20, 2002 The chairman of President Bush's bioethics council , Dr.
Leon R. Kass of the University of Chicago, accused Stanford University
today of trying to conceal the true nature of its stem cell research plan.
Source: Associated Press:

December 26, 2002 Bush Admin Appoints Pro-Life Doc to FDA Panel
Source: Associated Press

December 27, 2002 US Attacked for Pro-life Stance at UN Conference in
Source: Friday Fax

December 31, 2002 Abortion Opponent Is Named to Panel On Women's Health
Source: Associated Press

January 3, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Hope Bush Won't Renominate Owens
Source: Associated Press

Lt Col. Rick Jones HQ USAF/ILMY speaks about meeting Bush at the Pentagon:

January 7, 2003 Bush Renominates Pro-Life Judicial Candidates
Source: Associated Press

Planned Parenthood Attacks Bush on Pro-Life Record
Source: Planned Parenthodd's Website:

January 14, 2003 President Bush Declares Sanctity of Human Life Day
Source: Associated Press Also see:

January 22, 2003 Bush Addresses Pro-Lifers Assembled For March For Life

January 22, 2003 Bush Admin Diverts UNFPA Funds to Maternal Health Programs
Source: Reuters

January 25, 2003 Abortion Advocates Attack Another Bush Pro-Life Judicial
Source: Los Angeles Times

January 27, 2003 Pro-Abortion Feminist Majority Opposes Bush's Latest
Pro-Life Woman Judicial Nominee
Source: Feminist Daily News Wire:

January 28, 2003 President Bush Calls for Ban on Partial-Birth
Abortion and Human Cloning in His State of the Union Address Source:
Pro-Life Infonet See also:
"By caring for children who need mentors, and for addicted men and
women who need treatment, we are building a more welcoming society - a
culture that values every life. And in this work we must not overlook
the weakest among us. I ask you to protect infants at the very hour of
birth, and end the practice of partial-birth abortion. And because no
human life should be started or ended as the object of an experiment,
I ask you to set a high standard for humanity and pass a law against
all human cloning."

Source: Press Release from the National Right to Life Committee

January 30, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democrats Block Aid to Women in Afghanistan
Source: Friday Fax

Source: Press release from the U.S. Department of Education

February 1, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Urge Filibuster of Bush Judicial
Source: National Right to Life

February 6, 2003 Bush Will Veto Spending Bill That Doesn't Ban
Abortion Funding
Source: Washington Times, Washington Post

February 11, 2003 Senate Democrats Say They Can Block Bush Judicial Nominee
Source: Associated Press

February 12, 2003 The new guidelines, part of President Bush's No Child Left
Behind Act of 2001, will affect schools across the country.

The guidelines state:Students may express their beliefs about religion
in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from
discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions.
Source: Courier Post Online

Max Lucado with President Bush (Bush says he feels stronger than ever
because of all the people praying for him:

February 17, 2003 Bush may tap California Supreme Court Justice Janice
Rogers Brown, a conservative judge who ruled against affirmative
action and abortion rights, if a spot opens on the U.S. Supreme Court
Source: Newsweek

February 17, 2003 President Bush May Deny AIDS Funding to Pro-Abortion Groups
Source: Associated Press

Why and How the Military Salutes President Bush Source: The
Patriot's Herald

February 26, 2003 White House condemns "human embryo farms" amendment
Source: National Right to Life

February 26, 2003 President Bush Urges Congress to Vote for Pro-Life
Cloning Ban
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

February 27, 2003 California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action
League Urges Senators to Oppose Bush's Pro-Life Nominees to U.S. Court
of appeals: Miguel Estrada and Jeffrey Sutton Source: email from
California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

March 4, 2003 Paige lauds Stanford school-reform plan

Education Secretary Rod Paige yesterday applauded a report by a
Stanford University think thank that calls on federal and state
governments to "explore additional forms of school choice, pushing far
beyond the boundaries of within-district public school choice."
Source: Washington Times

March 5, 2003 Newsweek Profiles Bush as Most Religious President of
Recent Times
Source: Newsweek

March 11, 2003 Bush Administration Issues Statement Supporting
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

March 13, 2003 Senate G.O.P. Holds Firm as Vote on Abortion Nears
Source: New York Times

March 13, 2003 Senate Passes Partial-Birth Abortion Ban by Wide Margin
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

March 13, 2003 Bush Pro-Life Judicial Nominee Texas Supreme Court Judge
Priscilla Owen May Receive Vote Soon
Source: Associated Press

March 24, 2003 Bush Administration Provides Record Funding for Abstinence
Source: Washington Times

March 20, 2003 Another Bush Pro-Life Judicial Nominee - Carolyn Will Be
Smeared By Liberals
Source: Traditional Values Coalition

March 27, 2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Bush Pro-Life Judicial
Nomineee - Priscilla Owen
Source: Associated Press

March 31, 2003 California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
Urges Senator Feinstein to Oppose Bush's Pro-Life Nominee to the Court of
the Appeals - Judge Carolyn Kuhl
Source: email from California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

April 8, 2003 California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
Urges Senators to Oppose Bush Pro-Life Judicial Nomineee - Priscilla Owen
Source: email from California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

April 12, 2003Touching Story About Bush Praying For Wounded Troops on Visit
to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Source:


April 10, 2003 Senate Committee Will Vote This Month on Next Bush Pro-Life
Judicial Nominee - Carolyn Kuhl Source: Pro-Life Infonet

April 10, 2003 President Bush Nominates Another Pro-Lifer for Judicial
Spot - Alabama's Pro-Life Attorney General Bill Pryor
Source: Mobile Register

April 15, 2003 God-Free School Zones U.S. Education Secretary Rod
Paige is under fire for defending religious freedom

April 15, 2003 President Cites the "Power of Prayer" in POW Safety
Returning from Camp David on Sunday, President Bush was asked after
gettingoff the helicopter what role faith and prayer had in the rescue
of the POWs and in comforting their families. He said, "A lot of them
told me they had been sustained by prayer, been comforted by the
Almighty during what had to have been very difficult times. They told
me that they felt their prayers had been answered. Prayer is powerful
Source: Presidential Prayer Team []

April 17, 2003 Schumer: Catholics Need Not Apply: Ken Connor
President of Family Research Council Criticizes New York Senator Chuck
Schumer for Opposing Bush's Catholic Pro-Life Judicial Nominees

April 17, 2003 President's Easter Message
For Christians, the life and death of Jesus are the ultimate
expressions of love, and the supreme demonstrations of God's mercy,
faithfulness, and redemption. Since Christ's miraculous Resurrection
on Easter, more than 2,000 years ago, Christians have expressed joy
and gratitude for this wondrous sacrifice and for God's promise of
freedom for the oppressed, healing for the brokenhearted, and
salvation. For the full message see:

April 18, 2003 Another Judge Comes Under Attack Summary:
Pro-abortion Democrats now have another Bush judicial target to smear:
Leon Holmes. Source: A Note From Traditional Value Coalition's
Executive Director Andrea Lafferty

April 19, 2003 Bush Admin Allows States to Insure Unborn Children Through CHIP
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

April 22, 2003 The Constitution Be Damned: Democrats try to impose a
religious test on judges.
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

April 24, 2003 Bush's Pro-Life Judicial Appointments Need Your Help
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

Over the last few months, the Pro-Life Infonet has reported on several
pro-life nominees President Bush has appointed to various judicial

Some of these nominees have track records of upholding pro-life
legislation or publicizing their view that Roe v. Wade is bad law.
Others have pledged to uphold the rule of law and not legislatie from
the bench -- attributes
that call for respecting the right of state legislatures to pass laws
that limit abortion.

Below is an overview of eight judicial nominees that deserve your
support and backgrounds on them and their nominations:

Miguel Estrada -- Nominated for the Circuit Court of Appeals for
Washington D.C., the second highest court unde the Supreme Court and a
stepping stone to a later Supreme Court appointed, Estrada was brought
to the Senate floor earlier this year. He does not believe that the
Constitution guarantees a right to abortion. Some senators are
blocking Estrada's confirmation vote by engaging in a filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) failed in four attempts to
cut off debate (known as cloture), garnering only 55 of the 60 votes
needed. It is unclear whether he whether he will try again. Tell your
Senators to stop the filibuster.

Jeffrey Sutton -- Sutton was nominated for the Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals, and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February.
The full Senate began consideration of the Sutton nomination before
the Easter
recess, but did not vote. They will resume debate on Tuesday, April
29th and probably vote that same day. The pro-abortion Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice joined other organizations in a
letter which says, in
part, "Jeffrey Sutton's ... confirmation to a lifetime position on the
federal bench threatens to dismantle the important gains that have
been critical to women's success and we urge you to reject his

Priscilla Owen -- Nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,
Owen was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March in a
straight party-line vote. As a Texas Supreme Court justice, Owen
frequently voted to uphold Texas' parental notification statute and
refused to allow teen girls to have abortions without their parents'
knowledge. Unable to get opponents to agree not to filibuster Owen,
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) has been indefinite about
when he will seek a confirmation vote, but it may be in early May.

John Roberts -- Roberts was nominated for the Circuit Court of Appeals
for Washington D.C., and was approved by the Senate Judiciary
Committee in February. As a Justice Department official in the 1990s,
he argued that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and actively promoted
efforts to get that decision overturned. In one brief he argued that
pro-life protesters outside abortion businesses did not discriminate
against women. He
supported a pro-life measure prohibiting federally-funded family
planning facilities from referring for abortions. The Roberts
nomination has not yet come to the Senate floor, but could come up in

Deborah Cook -- Cook was nominated by President Bush for the Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals, and approved by the Senate Judiciary
Committee in February. As an elected justice of the Ohio Supreme
Court, Cook's candidacy was endorsed by Ohio Right to Life. Her
nomination is expected to come to the Senate floor in May.

Carolyn Kuhl -- Nominated for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The
Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet to act on her nomination, but
is expected to do so in May. As a Justice Department official in the
1980s Kuhl aggressively argued for the outright reversal of Roe v.
Wade. As an attorney in private practice in the early 1990s she
represented a pro-life physicians group and argued in support of
limiting abortion referrals at
federally-funded family planning facilities.

Charles Pickering -- He has been nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet brought him in
for a hearing, but is expected to do so in May. He once chaired a
Republican initiative that approved a plank for the party platform
decrying the Roe v. Wade decision "as an intrusion into the family
structure," and calling for a right-to-life amendment to the
constitution. His son Chip
Pickering is a pro-life Congressman from Mississippi.

J. Leon Holmes - Holmes has been nominated for the Federal District
Court in Arkansas. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet acted
on his nomination, but could do so in May. He is a strong pro-life
advocate and
the former president of Arkansas Right to Life.

Source: National Right to Life Committee

April 28, 2003 Pro-Abortion Feminists criticize female court picks
Source: Washington Times:

April 30, 2003 Bush Selects Another Pro-Life Appeals Court Nominee
Extending his streak of picking pro-life advocates, or those willing
to uphold pro-life legislation, for important U.S. Appeals Court
positions, President Bush on Monday nominated Claude Allen to the
Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
Source: Washington Post, Richmond Times Dispatch

(Allen helped draft Virginia's parental notification law and supported
a pro-life law requiring abortion facilities to give women information
about abortion's risks and alternatives 24 hours prior to performing
an abortion.
Similar laws in other states have significantly reduced the number of

May 1, 2003 Democrat Senators Block Bush's Pro-Life Judicial Picks Source:
Associated Press

May 5, 2003 Senate Approves Pro-Life Judicial Nominee, Continues Filibuster

Judicial nominee Deborah Cook, denied even a hearing let alone a vote
by the previous Democratic-led Senate, won confirmation on Monday from
the Republican-controlled Senate.

Cook was nominated by President Bush for the Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals, and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February.
As an elected justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Cook's candidacy was
endorsed by Ohio Right to Life, and she cast a pro-life vote in one
case that reached the state's top court.

On a largely party-line vote of 66-25, the Senate approved Cook's
nearly two-year-old bid to elevate the Ohio Supreme Court justice to
the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The court would
handle appeals of
legislation, including pro-life bills, from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee
and Michigan.

Also on Monday, Republicans tried and failed for a fifth time to stop
a Democratic filibuster of another long-stalled judicial nominee,
Miguel Estrada.
Source: Reuters, CBS News

May 19, 2003 Pro-Abortion National Organization of Women Opposes
Pro-Life Bush Judicial Nominee Judge Leon Holmes Source: NOW's

May 5, 2003 Bush Administration Deserves Credit for Abstinence Victory

The White House got personally involved in last week's passage of
pro-abstinence amendments to a global AIDS bill and the result was
good news for pro-life advocates.

Pro-family groups were delighted last week when two
abstinence-friendly amendments were attached to an otherwise
disappointing Global AIDS bill. Now they're finding out what turned
the tide: The White House did some heavy-duty lobbying.
Source: Focus on the Family

May 16, 2003 Senate Will Reconsider Another Pro-Life Judicial Nominee Soon

Republicans plan in coming weeks to take up the nomination of pro-life
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi, who likely
faces a filibuster on the Senate floor by Democrats.

Judge Pickering's nomination to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
was spiked last year on a party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary
Committee, which was controlled by Democrats at the time. President
Bush renominated
him in January.

Pickering once chaired a national Republican initiative that approved
a plank for the party platform decrying the Roe v. Wade decision "as
an intrusion into the family structure," and calling for a
right-to-life amendment to the constitution. His son Chip Pickering is
a pro-life Congressman from Mississippi.
Source: Washington Times

June 12, 2003 Bush Judicial Nominee Pryor Condemns Abortion in Senate

President Bush's latest Appeals Court nominee Bill Pryor told the
Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that abortion is "murder" and
that the court case legalizing it is "the worst abomination in the
history of constitutional law."
Source: Washington Times

June 12, 2003 The Judicial Nominee Who Wouldn't Back Down - Bill Pryor
Source: Byron York columnist for National Review Online

June 12, 2003 Catholic Bishops' Spokesman Testifies at Presidential
Today the President's Council on Bioethics heard testimony on the
values and principles that ought to govern policy on human embryo
research. Richard Doerflinger, Deputy Director of the Secretariat for
Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops, was among the expert witnesses for the meeting.
Source: Pro-life Infonet

June 12, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Create Coalition to Oppose Pro-Life Nominees

Nine pro-abortion groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and the
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, have formed a joint
not-for-profit organization aimed specifically at opposing a
potential Supreme Court nominee who does not support abortion.
Source: Roll Call, Wall St. Journal

July 20, 2003 Foes Halt Vote on School Vouchers; Democrats Reject Senate's
D.C. Bill
Source: Washington Post

July 21, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democrat Senators Stall Partial-Birth Abortion

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 22,2003 Bush Administration Renews Support for Zero UNFPA Funding
Source: LifeNews.Com

July 22, 2003 Bush Administration Signals Zero for UNFPA
Source: Population Research Institute Weekly Briefing

July 23, 2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Pryor Nomination,
Filibuster Likely

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 27, 2003 Bush Nominates Pro-Life Black Woman to Nation's Second Highest

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 29, 2003 Senate Rejects Vote on Owen for Third Time
Washington, DC ( -- For the third time, members of the
Senate rejected an attempt to close off debate and take a vote on one
of President Bush's pro-life judicial nominees.Pro-abortion Senators
were able to deny the 60 votes needed to stop debate on the nomination
of Priscilla Owen to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals. The 53-43
vote proved, once again, that a majority would back Owen's
confirmation if debate could be stopped. All Republicans were in favor
of the vote to end debate and were joined by Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA)
and pro-life Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). Presidential candidates John
Edwards (D-NC), Bob Graham (D-FL), John Kerry (D-MA), and Joe
Lieberman (D-CT) were not present for the vote. Owen is opposed by
abortion advocates because she voted to uphold a Texas parental
notification law that prohibited teenage girls from having
abortions without the involvement of their parents.

July 30, 2003 Senate Votes Against Cloture on Estrada Nomination

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 31, 2003 Bill Pryor Becomes Latest Victim of Senate Filibuster

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 31, 2003 ADF Special News Alert: Thank You Mr. President for Supporting
Source: Alliance Defense Fund

August 6, 2003 Knights of Columbus Condemns Treatment of Catholic
Judicial Nominees


August 6, 2003 Minnesota Plan to Cover Unborn Children Receives Bush
Administration Approval

LifeNews. Com

August 10, 2003 Group Will Spend $75M to Defeat Bush, Elect Pro-Aborts in

Source: LifeNews.Com

Washington, DC ( -- A new political group, funded by
billionaire George Soros and run by a former employee of a leading
pro-abortion organization, plans to spend $75 million in grassroots
to target pro-life President George W. Bush for defeat in 2004.

August 10, 2003 Civil Rights Leader Quits NAACP Over Bush Judicial Nominees

Source: LifeNews.Com

August 13, 2003 Presidential Commission Discusses Regulation of In
Vitro Fertilization

Austin Ruse, President of the Culture of Life Foundation

August 14, 2003 Catholic Theologian Michael Novak Praises President Bush

Source: National
Review Online

August 27, 2003 Bush Administration Defunds AIDS Program Over Abortion
Group's Participation


August 27, 2003 State Department Defunds British Abortion Provider
Source: New York Times

August 29, 2003 State Department Defunds Large Abortion Provider
Source: Friday Fax

August 29, 2003 Bush Orders United States Agency for International
Development to Stop Funding Organizations That Promote Abortion
Source: Copy of Memo From the White House

September 1, 2003 Bush Administration Expands Pro-Life Mexico City Policy

Source: LifeNews.Com

September 5, 2003 Bush Orders State Department To Stop Funding Foreign
Abortion Groups
Source: Friday Fax

September 5, 2003 Miguel Estrada Withdraws Name From Consideration

Source: LifeNews.Com (This shows
the importance of electing pro-life Senators who will vote to end the
Democrats filibuster of President Bush's pro-life judicial nominees.)

September 6, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democratic Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
introduces measure to overturn the Mexico City Policy Reinstituted By
President Bush (The Mexico City Policy prevents our federal tax
dollars from
being used to promote abortion overseas.) Source: LifeNews.Com

September 18, 2003 Bush Administration Pursues Total Human Cloning Ban at U.N.
Source: LifeNews.Com

September 28, 2003 Department of Health and Housing Services Gives
$100 million in Bonuses to States for Reducing Abortions HHS Secretary
Tommy G. Thompson today announced the award of $100 million
in bonuses to four states (Maryland, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas), the
District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands for achieving the
nation's largest decreases in out-of-wedlock births between 1998 and
2001. Source:

October 1, 2003 Bush Administration Denies UNFPA Funding Again

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 2, 2003 Pickering Nomination Approved by Committee, Moves to Full

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 3, 2003 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry (D-MA) Says
Bush Judicial Appointments Would Hurt Abortion Rights
Source: LifeNews.Com

October 3, 2003 President Bush Proclaims Oct. 12-18 Marriage Protection Week
President Bush said:
"Marriage is a sacred institution, and its protection is essential to
the continued strength of our society.Marriage is a union between a
man and a woman, and my Administration is working to support the
institution of marriage by helping couples build successful marriages
and be good parents.Research has shown that, on average, children
raised in households headed by married parents fare much better than
children who grow up in other family structures.We must support the
institution of marriage and help parents build stronger families."
Source: White House

October 6, 2003 FDA Investigating Holly Patterson's RU 486 Abortion Death

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 26, 2003 President Bush's Bioethics Commission Warns of
Human-Animal Babies

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 7, 2003 President Bush Proclaims November National Adoption Month
Source: White House

July 23, 2002 President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush
announced a new initiative to increase public awareness and encourage
Americans to consider adoption of children in foster care.

Helping Children and Building Families Through Adoption

President Bush announced a new public service advertising campaign,
featuring First Lady Laura Bush and actor Bruce Willis, to encourage
Americans to adopt children in foster care. The President also tapped
Willis to serve as a national spokesperson for children in foster care.

The President also announced the creation of the first federal and
only national web site that focuses on waiting children - - that will reduce the geographic barriers and
waiting time needed to connect
children from across the country with adoptive families. In its first
year, it will feature pictures and profiles of over 6,500 children
from 46 states who are available for adoption, as well as a database
of approved adoptive
families. Background on Today's Presidential Action

More than 130,000 of the 565,000 American children in foster care,
ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers, are waiting to be adopted.
On average, these children have been in foster care for almost four
years. Most of these children have special needs that limit their
ability to be adopted, such as being part of a sibling group that
wishes to stay together, belonging to a particular ethnic group, or
having physical or emotional challenges. These
children are adoptable; in fact, in 2000, over 50,000 children in
foster care were adopted. But recruiting a family that can meet the
special needs of a particular child can be challenging, especially
when the right family may live in a different state or county.

President Bush believes that every child in America deserves to live
in a safe, permanent and loving family. Today, the President

Adoption Public Service Advertisement (PSA): The adoption PSA will
feature the First Lady and actor Bruce Willis. It will also highlight
a new website and toll-free number for interested families to receive
adoption information and be referred to their State adoption
specialist. Additionally, President Bush has asked Bruce Willis to
serve as a national spokesperson for children
in foster care.

First Federal Adoption Web Site and Internet Photolisting:,

an Internet adoption photolisting service, will
help connect waiting children from across the country with loving
adoptive families. The site provides prospective adoptive parents with
a private, secure place to communicate interactively with other
families and adoption experts - especially useful for families living
in rural areas. Social workers will be able to follow inquiries from
families approved to adopt and respond to them instantly through the
site. AdoptUSKids is an initiative of the Children's Bureau of the
Department of Health and Human Services, and it is currently operated
by the National Adoption Center. President Bush's Commitment to
Promoting Adoption

Promoting adoption and supporting families who adopt: On January 17,
2002, the President signed the Promoting Safe and Stable Families
Amendment Act to help States provide services to promote adoption for
children in foster care and provide post-adoption support to families
so that they can stay strong and their children reach their potential.
The President's FY 03 budget strongly supports the Promoting Safe and
Stable Families program with an increase of more than $130 million
over FY 02 levels.

Adoption Tax Credit: The tax relief bill that the President signed
last year permanently extends and increases the adoption tax credit
from $5,000 per child to $10,000 per child for qualified adoption
expenses. For special needs adoptions, it increases the credit from
$6,000, for qualified adoption expenses, to $10,000, regardless of

October 25, 2003 President Bush Proclaims Protection From Pornography Week
Source: White House

October 28, 2003 President Bush Says Restoring Terri's Feeding Tube Was
Right Decision

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 31, 2003 Pro-Abortion [Democratic] Lawmakers Filibuster Pickering

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 3, 2003 Bush Administration Still Pushing for UN Cloning Ban,

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 5, 2003 President Bush Signs Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of
2003 Source: LifeSite News also see

Priests for Life on Partial-birth Abortion: 'We Have Turned A Corner'

November 5, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Start Ad Campaigns Blasting
President Bush


November 6, 2003 Democrats Filibuster Pryor Nomination, Judiciary
Approves Brown


November 7, 2003 President Bush Shows Strong Pro-Life Beliefs in
Private Meetings


November 7, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democratic Senators Again Filibuster
Judicial Nominees. Sen. Majority Leader Frist Announces All Night
Session Next Week to Force Pro-Abortion Democratic Senators to
their filibuster. Source: Marie Tasy, Legislative Director of New
Jersey Right to Life

November 7, 2003 President Bush targeted for defeat by one of the
richest men in world George Soros Targets President Bush Source:
Marie Tasy, Legislative Director of New Jersey Right to Life

See also: [Pro-Abortion] Billionaire Soros Overthrows Georgian Gov't -
Sets Sights on Bush & Croatia Source:
See also the Zenit report and the Globe coverage:

Billionaire De-Populationist George Soros Donates $10 Million to Defeat Bush

November 7, 2003 President Bush Proclaims National Adoption Month Source:
White House

November 11, 2003 Bush Administration Seeks to Speed Up Partial-Birth
Abortion Lawsuits Source: LifeNews.Com

November 12, 2003 Senate Will Hold Marathon Debate on Pro-Life Judicial
Nominees Source: LifeNews.Com

November 13, 2003 Senate Debates Pro-Life Judicial Nominees, Bush Demands

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 14, 2003 Millionaire Plans to Spend $12 Million to Defeat Bush in
2004 Source: LifeNews.Com

November 17, 2003 [Colin] Powell reveals he teaches sexual abstinence to

November 18, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups at UN Criticize Bush Resolution
Promoting Women

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 19, 2003 First Lady Laura Bush Backs Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

November 25, 2003 The new Health Savings Accounts (HSA) provision
included in the Medicare bill just passed the Senate 54-44 and soon
will be signed by the President. The new law will go into effect
January 1, 2004. All 250 million non-elderly Americans will now have
access to a Medical Savings Account, and one that is far more
attractive than the Archer MSAs that were enacted in 1996. Source:

November 25, 2003 Discovery of Internal Memos Details Opposition to
Pro-Life Judges
The memo asks senators to oppose former Bush judicial nominee Miguel
Estrada because "he has a minimal paper trail [meaning that nothing
has been unearthed that can be used to question his character], he is
Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme
Court appointment."

November 25, 2003 U.S. economic growth revised up GDP grew at a
blistering 8.2 percent pace in the third quartrer, faster than
originally thought. Source: CNN Money

December 5, 2003 THE GROWING IRAQI SUCCESS STORY by Rod D. Martin,
Vanguard of the Revolution
One example from the story: "So, too with health care. The Coalition
has delivered more than 22 million vaccination for Iraq's children,
while pharmaceutical distribution has risen from 700 tons in May to
12,000 by
October. All of Iraq's 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are
open, and doctors' salaries are more than eight times higher than
under Saddam's Ba'athist regime."

December 5, 2003 Bush Administration Pushes UN to Reconsider Human Cloning
Ban Delay

December 08, 2003 Bush Signs Sweeping Medicare Bill

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the efforts by seniors groups in helping him
deliver a three-year-old campaign promise, President Bush signed a
comprehensive bill Monday that marks the first major overhaul of the
40-year-old federal Medicare program. "With the Medicare Act of 2003
(search), our government is finally bringing prescription drug
coverage to the seniors of America," Bush said before signing the
10-year, $395 billion legislation. "With this law, we're giving older
Americans better choices and more control over their health care so
they can receive the modern medical care they deserve."

December 20, 2003 Libya agrees to halt arms programs US, Britain
secure pledge for inspections Libya agrees to halt arms programs
Source: Boston Globe

January 2, 2004 NGO Calls on Pro-abortion Europe to Counter "Christian"
White House Source: Friday Fax

January 7, 2004 Pro-Abortion Group Criticizes Bush's Pro-Life
"Christian" Foreign Policy

January 9, 2004 President Unveils School Choice Incentive Fund At a
meeting this afternoon with leaders of Catholic education, President
Bush said he will call on Congress to establish a $50 million national
choice incentive fund "to help more parents to send their children to
the school that is best for them, no matter what kind of school it

The White House transcript of the president's remarks is available at
Source: Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

January 9, 2004 President Bush Celebrates Catholic Education Source:
Martin Gillespie Director of Catholic Outreach Republican National

January 13, 2004 Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage
Source: New York Times

January 16, 2004 President Bush Declares Sunday, January 18, 2004 Sanctity
of Human Life Day Source: New Jersey Right to Life

January 16, 2004 President Bush nominates [pro-life] Charles Pickering to
Federal Bench President Sidesteps Obstructionst U.S. Senators including N.J.
Senators Corzine and Lautenberg Source Associated Press:
Bush installs controversial judge on court (from New Jersey Right to Life


January 16, 2004 President Bush Uses Recess Appointment to Confirm
See also: FRC [Family Research Council] Praises Recess Appointment of
Charles Pickering to Federal Bench

January 20, 2004 President Bush Supports the Federal Marriage Amendment in
his State of the Union address
Source: New Jersey Coalition to Defend Marriage

January 21, 2004 Housing Starts Increase Residential construction
activity picked up in December, helping to make all of 2003 the best
year for home builders in a quarter-century and underscoring the
critical role
the sector played in the economy's resurgence.

The Commerce Department reported today that housing construction
increased by 1.7 percent last month from November _ ending 2003 on a
high note. For all of last year, the number of housing units that
builders broke ground on totaled 1.85 million, up from 1.70 million in

The total for 2003 marked the strongest performance since 1978, when
housing construction came to 2.02 million. Source: Associated Press

January 21, 2004 George Bush Stands Up for Marriage
Source: Alliance Defense Fund

January 21, 2004 President Bush Wants Abstinence Program Funding Tripled
by 2005 Source:

January 22, 2004 President Bush Calls March for Life Participants
"Above all, we must continue with civility and respect to remind our
fellow citizens that all life is sacred and worthy of protection. I
know as you return to your communities you will redouble your efforts
to change hearts and minds, one person at a time. And this is the way
we will build a lasting culture of life, a compassionate society in
which every child is born into a loving family and protected by law."
Source: White House

January 29, 2004 UNFPA Permanently Loses $59 Million ..... For the
past two years, the Bush administration has, in fact, determined that
UNFPA supports forced abortions in China, and is therefore ineligible
for US funding. A high ranking congressional staff member told the
Friday Fax that the current bill follows this same procedure, and
"since Kemp-Kasten has not changed, and since UNFPA's actions in China
not changed, we fully expect the administration to take the same
action it has taken for the past two years regarding UNFPA."
Source: Friday Fax

January 29, 2004 Pro-Life Groups Say President Bush's Record Strong,
Deserves Re-Election

February 2, 2004 NRL PAC announces endorsement of President Bush
Source: Press Release issued by the National Right to Life Political
Action Committee For further information, call Laura Echevarria,
send e-mail to, or visit the NRLC website at

February 3, 2004 Congress Reallocates UNFPA Money, Abortion Funding
Battle Continues Citing the UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) failure to
convincingly show that it is not participating or condoning coercive
family planning and abortion programs in China, Congress has
permanently reallocated the $56 million earmarked for the UNFPA over
the past two years to other programs.

The money will now go to programs to improve maternal health and
combat sex trafficking.

We commend the Bush Administration for its continued strong
enforcement of the Kemp-Kasten Anti-Coercion law -- a law that was
completely disregarded during the Clinton Administration, Douglas
Johnson, Legislative Director for National Right to Life Committee,
told Any agency that collaborates in China's brutal
compulsory abortion program should not receive U.S. taxpayer funds.

February 4, 2004 Statement by President Bush Regarding the
Deplorable Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling Today's ruling
of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is deeply troubling.
Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. If
activist judges insist on re-defining marriage by court order, the
alternative will be the constitutional process. We must do what is
legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage. Source: White

February 9, 2004 Abortion Advocates Ready to Defeat Bush, Support John Kerry

Source for all of the above


Leticia said...

Amazing post, Lynne! You have done so much research, I'm going to link to it, and give President Bush the credit he deserves. He may not be as eloquent as Ronald Reagan, but his heart is in the right place when it comes to life issues, or the liberals wouldn't hate him the way they do.

Lynne said...

Thanks Leticia. It's a cut and paste from FreeRepublic. lol

The point is, any president could do this and for someone to say that a president can only do 2 things, sign legislation and appoint judges, is either naive or disingenous. I was VERY disappointed in Dennis Prager.