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Gov. Bush memo encourages reverence for human life

(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 nurturing environment.

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 child

Therefore, I George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim January 1998 A Month of Prayer to End Abortion.

- George W. Bush



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