How can Frank Durham, in last Sunday's letter to the editor, say that the Republicans have not lifted a finger to stop the murder of the unborn through abortion? Does he think that if we put a pro-abortion Democrat such as John Kerry in office that we could see good change on this issue? Think back to the previous Democratic administration when President Clinton repeatedly vetoed the partial-birth abortion ban and opposed any restrictions on abortion, including parental notification, 24-hour waiting periods, etc. Plus, he pushed his pro-abortion agenda on other nations, providing aid and relief only if they participated in population control that includes abortion. Senator Kerry, too, supports all forms of abortion including partial-birth abortion; he has a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record; and he has vowed that he will not appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court that will undo the right to "choice."
Under President Bush and the current Congress, we had the signing of the partial-birth abortion ban into law Nov. 5 This bill represents the first direct national restriction on any method of abortion since the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in 1973. In August 2002, President Bush also signed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act guaranteeing that every infant born alive enjoys full legal rights under federal law regardless of stage of development or whether the live birth occurred during abortion. In July 2002, the Bush Administration denied funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which among other pro-abortion activities supports China's birth-quota program, which relies heavily on coerced abortion. In another action by the Bush administration, we had final approval of a rule to allow states to cover eligible unborn children under the State Children's Insurance Health Program (S-CHIP). Like the current Unborn Victims of Violence Act, this doesn't eliminate abortions but it does provide recognition of the unborn as "children" worthy of protection. President Bush has tried to appoint pro-life judges to the U.S. Supreme Court only to be filibustered by the pro-abortion Senate Democrats. Recently he has used his executive privilege to make federal recess appointments of pro-life judges. In addition. President Bush has declared "Sanctity of Life Day" and given his support to the annual March for Life.