Note: The following message from President George W. Bush was
read to the participants in the annual March for Life in Washington D.C.
January 22, 2001
THE WHITE HOUSE
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Good afternoon, friends and fellow citizens. Two days ago, Americans gathered
on the Washington Mall to celebrate our Nation's ideals. Today, you are gathered
to remind our country that one of those ideals is the infinite value of every
I deeply appreciate your message and your work. You see the weak and the
defenseless, and you try to help them. You see the hardship of many young
mothers and their unborn children, and you care for them both. In so many ways,
you make our society more compassionate and welcoming. We share a great goal: to
work toward a day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law. We
know this will not come easily, or all at once. But the goal leads us onward: to
build a culture of life, affirming that every person, at every stage and season
of life, is created equal in God's image.
The promises of our Declaration of Independence are not just for the strong,
the independent, or the healthy. They are for everyone -- including unborn
children. We are a society with enough compassion and wealth and love to care
for both mothers and their children, to seek the promise and potential in every
I believe that we are making progress toward that goal. I trust in the good
hearts of Americans. I trust in the unfolding promise of our country -- an
expanding circle of inclusion and protection. And I trust in the civility and
good sense of our citizens -- a willingness to engage our differences in a
spirit of tolerance and good will.
All of you marching today have never tired in a good cause. Thank you for
your conviction, your idealism, and your courage. May God bless you all.
GEORGE W. BUSH