WASHINGTON, August 6, 2002 ( – President George W. Bush used the occasion of his signing of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act yesterday to encourage pro-life efforts.  The legislation, according to the President, “ensures that every infant born alive—including an infant who survives an abortion procedure—is considered a person under federal law.”  At the signing the President acknowledged the presence of Gianna Jessen, herself an “abortion survivor and a pro-life advocate.”  While the President was pleased to “extend the promise (of life and liberty) and protection to the most vulnerable members of our society” – those born alive after an abortion – he did not stop there.  The President went on to indicate that he looks forward to the day when all unborn life is protected.

“The Born Alive Infants Protection Act is a step toward the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.  It is a step toward the day when the promises of the Declaration of Independence will apply to everyone, not just those with the voice and power to defend their rights. This law is a step toward the day when America fully becomes, in the words of Pope John Paul II, ‘a hospitable, a welcoming culture,’” said the President to resounding applause.  He added that “Today, through sonograms and other technology, we can—see clearly that unborn children are members of the human family, as well. They reflect our image, and they are created in God’s own image.”  He concluded by thanking the pro-lifers in attendance.  “I’m grateful for your perseverance on behalf of this noble cause. I want to thank you for your hard work,” he said.  See the full remarks from the White House release at:


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