(CNSNews.com) - While most pro-life groups were heartened by President Bush's re-election, one group greeted the news with caution.
"Many pro-life groups are gleefully declaring victory following George W. Bush's apparent re-election, but I cannot share in their enthusiasm," American Life League President Judie Brown said in a statement.
"It is true that Mr. Bush defeated one of the most solidly pro-abortion candidates to ever seek the White House. However, the Bush administration's first term has been less than sterling in terms of total commitment to the pro-life effort," Brown said.
Brown said the only record that matters is that the killing of unborn babies.
"The killing continued unabated during Mr. Bush's first term, and indications are that abortion on demand will remain decriminalized during the coming four years. Thus the status quo on abortion is going to be maintained, as will the ongoing public perception that we have a pro-life president."
Brown predicted that organizations such as the National Right to Life Committee and Priests for Life now will focus on potential Supreme Court appointments. "However," she added, "the justices will never focus on the true issue -- personhood -- unless they accept the proper case."
Even if Roe vs. Wade were overturned, Brown said regulation of abortions would simply return to the states - "which would do nothing to guarantee the protection of preborn children."
Brown said she fears that President Bush's re-election means that "the definition of what it means to be pro-life will take another hit."
She said decay from within could spell the end of what has been known as the "pro-life movement."
"Mr. Bush is educable," Brown said. "He could learn that all abortions are bad, not just "partial-birth" abortions.
"He could learn there is no reason to excuse abortions in alleged cases of rape, incest, threat to the mother's life, or fetal deformity. He could pressure Congress to support personhood by passing the Right to Life Act.
"It is the responsibility of every pro-life leader to take whatever steps are needed to provide this education and cease patting Mr. Bush on the back until he adopts a true pro-life position. The babies are waiting," Brown concluded.
See Earlier Stories:
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Who Determines the 'Official' Definition of 'Pro-Life?' (24 Dec. 2002)
American Life League Claims Bush About To 'Cave' On Stem Cell Research (3 Aug. 2001)
Some Pro-lifers Suspicious of Bush Outreach (9 July 2001)
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