National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2006
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of
Our Nation was founded on the belief that every human being
has rights, dignity, and value. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we
underscore our commitment to building a culture of life where all individuals
are welcomed in life and protected in law.
America is making great strides in our efforts to protect
human life. One of my first actions as President was to sign an order banning
the use of taxpayer money on programs that promote abortion overseas. Over the
past 5 years, I also have been proud to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants
Protection Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and a ban on partial-birth
abortion. In addition, my Administration continues to fund abstinence and
adoption programs and numerous faith-based and community initiatives that
support these efforts.
When we seek to advance science and improve our lives, we must
always preserve human dignity and remember that human life is a gift from our
Creator. We must not sanction the creation of life only to destroy it. America
must pursue the tremendous possibilities of medicine and research and at the
same time remain an ethical and compassionate society.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day is an opportunity to
strengthen our resolve in creating a society where every life has meaning and
our most vulnerable members are protected and defended including unborn
children, the sick and dying, and persons with disabilities and birth defects.
This is an ideal that appeals to the noblest and most generous instincts within
us, and this is the America we will achieve by working together.
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 22, 2006, as
National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this
day with appropriate ceremonies and to reaffirm our commitment to respecting and
defending the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth
day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
GEORGE W. BUSH