Pro-Life Issues Not Mentioned in Bush Message

July 7, 2008 - 7:03 PM

( - In his first State of the Union address, President Bush made no mention of pro-life issues such as abortion, stem cell research and cloning. Still, said pro-life Rep. Chris Smith, "his actions speak louder than his few words tonight."

At one point, the president made an oblique reference to the abortion issue when he said Americans "choose freedom and the dignity of every life." But in other settings, Bush has been very supportive of the pro-life cause, Smith said, referring to the president?s recent proclamation of Sanctity of Life Sunday and his comments to pro-life activists at their march protesting the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

"He has made it very clear, he believes in the sanctity and dignity of all human life, including the unborn and that they need to be protected by law," Smith said.

"Even during the Reagan years ... Reagan would make reference to the unborn or the sanctity of life and we all knew what he meant," said Smith. "It's the deed that matters the most. We know this administration believes in sanctity of life."

Smith said the president is also eager to sign a bill already passed by the House that would ban embryonic cloning. "He's already indicated, send me the bill and I'll sign it in a heartbeat," Smith said. The Senate has yet to take action on the proposed cloning ban.