Bush Speech Staunchly Anti-Abortion

Despite his emphasis on being a “compassionate conservative” and opposing “divisive” politics, Texas Gov. George W. Bush plainly voiced an anti-abortion stance last night at the Republican National Convention. Bush vowed to promote “a culture that values life-the life of the elderly and the sick, the life of the young and the life of the unborn.” He promised to sign an abortion procedure ban, or the so-called “partial-birth” abortion law which was just declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Bush also called for faith-based social service programs, which were a focus of the Shadow Convention. His anti-abortion declaration received the largest applause from the right-wing, who comprise the majority of delegates to the convention. The Republican platform calls for defunding family planning programs in favor of funding abstinence-only programs, and also calls for a constitutional amendment to ban all abortions.


Associated Press, Election News - August 3, 2000

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