Gov. Bush memo encourages reverence for human
(Note: Priests for Life reprints here the statement of
Governor George W. Bush at the start of 1998, proclaiming a month of prayer to
end abortion. This was published by the Diocese of Galveston-Houston Respect
Life Office in their February/March 1998 newsletter.)
Respect for human life has been the
hallmark of all great civilizations. In recent decades, society has devalued the
personal responsibility that preserves and protects life. Boys father children
and walk away to let others deal with the consequences. Young girls become
pregnant while they are children themselves.
Far too many pregnancies end with an abortion. Since the
Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision 25 years ago, more than 40 million abortions
have been performed. The decline in personal responsibility has resulted in an
outlook that robs people of our greatest strength - respect for the spirit and
heart and worth of the individual.
Reverence for human life must be restored. Adoption is a
loving alternative that provides children with an opportunity to grow up in a
I encourage all Texans to work with religious, educational,
charitable and civic organizations to support adoption and to send a strong
abstinence message to our young people. The future of our society depends on the
strength of our families and recognition of the sacredness and potential of each
Therefore, I George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby
proclaim January 1998 A Month of Prayer to End Abortion.
- George W. Bush