Pro-Life Issues and Action 2004
Legislative battles and the court system serve to obscure
pro-life ideals and generate hostility to the cause, without achieving
substantial pro-life results.
The pro-life message is most effectively spread
person-to-person through persuasion, effective alternatives, goodwill, and
modeling positive behavior.
Pro-Life Is About Caring Deeds, Not Political
Roe v. Wade is irrelevant to the pro-life cause and a
distraction used by dishonest politicians to manipulate voters.
Roe v. Wade challengers are often aligned with issues
and people bearing little genuine concern for human life and the
Roe v. Wade challengers are often appealing to
single-issue voters and encouraging them to turn a blind eye to the anti-life
actions and positions of their candidates.
"Pro-life" candidates often have little concern for the
overall common good.
Single issue appeals trivialize the complexity and importance
of pro-life action.
Single issue campaigns often seek to distract from the full
range of important issues and install politicians with little regard for all
people and issues.
George Bush Policies Have Led To An Increase In The
Number of Abortions
George Bush Policies have resulted in a dramatic increase in
the number of abortions performed in the United States.
The number was declining in the 1990s, but reversed under the
In 2002, approximately 52,000 more abortions occurred than
would have under the prior trend.
Lack of medical insurance, social supports, and financial
security has clearly contributed to this increase in the number of
The Rest of George Bush's Anti-Life Record
Reckless and deceitful crusade exposing Americans to death
and injury in Iraq.
Shocking "arm-chair machismo" taunting Iraqi guerrillas to
attack Americans: "bring 'em on."
As of October 8, 2004, 1,068 American military dead in Iraq,
at least 7,453 U.S. troops wounded in action; conservative estimates by
private groups place the Iraqi toll at 10,000+.
Lack of consideration for children and other loved-ones of
Americans sent to Iraq.
George Bush's disregard for life and the truth came out very
clearly in the September 30 debate when he repeated, then contradicted, his
lie that Iraq attacked the United States. The simple fact is that, in his
opinion, American life and simple truth are expendable in the pursuit of the
Failure to renew the ban on assault weapons.
Dismantling of environmental protections in favor of
Dismantling and de-funding social programs aimed at helping
families and young people.
Economic policies resulting in an estimated 1.9 million
Failure to prioritize skyrocketing health care costs,
resulting in inadequate medical attention.
Freezing of funding for child care and Head Start
Reducing the federal match to state Medicaid spending,
forcing many states to cut health care services to the neediest and most
Tax policies shifting the tax burden away from the wealthiest
Americans to the middle class.
Household incomes falling for the third straight year, with
1.3 million more in poverty and 1.4 million more losing health coverage.
While Governor of Texas, capital punishment was widely used,
and, in the words of Amnesty International, "riddled with injustice ...
including inadequate defense representation and prosecutorial misconduct." He
could have done a great deal to cure these problems, but didn't. He is even
reported to have made fun of a woman who was executed on his watch--mocking
her pleading "don't kill me."
Bush has no credibility: many sources overwhelmingly
demonstrate Bush's pattern of lying and employing dirty trick specialists and
"born again" rhetoric to manipulate groups, religious congregations, and the
general public while carrying out policies dominated by polluters, big money
interests, and corrupt profiteers.
Overall, Bush policies have demeaned the sanctity of life in
America, set an example of lowered standards for our youth, misspent tens of
billions of dollars, and dishonored the nation.
The Real Religious Record of George Bush
The Bush campaign has used churches as part of the
Bush-Cheney campaign: they have ordered churches to send their directories
to the campaign and also order parishoners to work for the Bush
campaign. Click to view
George Bush has failed to disavow connections to bizarre
religious sects advocating wholesale devastation, such as "rapture" and
armageddon; and he has failed to renounce claims that he is "chosen."
He has failed to disassociate himself from questionable
figures who use religion to promote their political agendas: On July 16, 2004,
Jerry Falwell was quoted in the New York Times as saying: "It is the
responsibility of every political conservative, every evangelical Christian,
every pro-life Catholic, every traditional Jew, every Reagan Democrat, and
everyone in between to get serious about re-electing President Bush." Earlier,
in January 2004, Pat Robertson had announced that he was hearing from the Lord
that the election was going to be a blowout for President Bush: "The Lord has
just blessed him. ... It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or
George and Laura Bush have questionable anti-abortion
records: Running for Congress in 1978, Bush was interviewed by a reporter for
the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, who wrote: "Bush said he opposes the pro-life
amendment favored by Reese and favors leaving up to a woman and her doctor the
abortion question. 'That does not mean I'm for abortion,' he said." In January
2001, Laura Bush told the Today Show she did not believe Roe v. Wade
should be overturned.
Bush policies have followed “the way of death” as cited in
the Pope's 1995 Gospel of Life: “drive away the needy, oppress the
suffering; ... advocates of the rich and unjust judges of the
Voting For Pro-Life Candidates And Supporting Pro-Life
Support John Kerry for President and urge other pro-life
voters to do the same.
The Kerry-Edwards platform includes extending affordable,
high-quality medical coverage to 95 percent of Americans, including every
Support other candidates who seek to target the problems of
teen pregnancy and adoption reform with intelligence and concern.
Avoid counseling reliance upon abstinence-only approaches,
which have been shown not to be effective.
Support funding of programs offering abortion
Encourage involvement of fathers in the decision to keep and
raise the child.
Discuss possibilities for care of a child by the extended
Work in your community to create real support and meaningful
alternatives for women at greater risk for unwanted pregnancies.
Support candidates who advocate for social supports and
respect for life.
Carefully scrutinize "tax cut" proposals; ask if they would
reduce money necessary for effective social programs aimed at supporting
Reject and challenge efforts to manipulate your religious
congregation or other group through the abortion issue, or via claims about
armageddon and "rapture" or that a candidate is "born again" or "chosen."
View with suspicion single-issue organizations masquerading
Resist the appeals by organizations and individuals using
extremist tactics and seeking to incite.
Look for opportunities in your family, neighborhood, and
community to offer non-judgmental one-on-one support for someone involved in a
Offer to provide special help with day care and other
Can you help by providing tutoring for school-age
Is information readily available about avoiding unintended
Talk to young people and others facing a pregnancy issue;
demonstrate your genuine care and concern for them and their situation.
Contact and support organizations that pursue a balanced and
thoughtful program for genuine pro-life activities.
Locate organizations providing pregnancy counseling (such as
Birthline), infant foster care, crisis nursery services, and other resources;
support their activities through volunteering, political action, monetary
support, and referrals.
Model respect for the unborn and other life.
Vote for candidates who demonstrate true concern for life in
all its complexity.
Support adoption: support funding for adoption social
services; adopt a child yourself; encourage the adoption alternative for those
facing a pregnancy issue; educate yourself about the possibilities for private
adoption in your state.
Encourage discussion of the beauty of children and sanctity
Pro-Life Discussion Topics
Why Is The Road Uneasy for Pro-Lifers?
Why Have So Many Pro-Lifers Abandoned The Cause In Favor of
How Can Pro-Lifers Perpetuate The Freedom to Choose Life?
How Can Pro-Lifers Reach Higher?
How Can Pro-Lifers Better Connect With People?
How Can Pro-Lifers Best Create a Difference We Can Feel And
How Can Pro-Lifers Make The World A Better Place?
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