For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 16, 2004
Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2004
By the President of the United States of America
As Americans, we are led by the power of our conscience and the history of
our country to defend and promote the dignity and rights of all people. Each
person, however frail or defenseless, has a place and a purpose in this world.
On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the gift of life and our
commitment to building a society of compassion and humanity.
Today, the principles of human dignity enshrined in the Declaration of
Independence -- that all persons are created equal and possess the unalienable
rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- continue to guide us.
In November, I signed into law the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003,
reaffirming our commitment to protecting innocent life and to a basic standard
of humanity -- the duty of the strong to defend the weak. My Administration
encourages adoption and supports abstinence education, crisis pregnancy
programs, parental notification laws, and other measures to help us continue to
build a culture of life. By working together, we will provide hope to the
weakest among us and achieve a more compassionate and merciful world.
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 laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 18, 2004, as National Sanctity
of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with
appropriate ceremonies in our homes and places of worship and to reaffirm our
commitment to respecting the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of
January, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
GEORGE W. BUSH