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SUBSCRIBE ME! March 19, 1999
National Right to Life Committee Scolds Critics of George W. Bush Group Calls Rape and Incest Exceptions Throughout Pregnancy a "Pro-Life" Stance  
National Right to Life Committee issued a press release on Wednesday, March 17, purporting to show that Texas Governor George W. Bush is pro-life and that any notions to the contrary are due to "erroneous" reporting by the press. The NRLC release offers as evidence the following paragraph:

"It has also been reported that Bush had not answered questions regarding first trimester abortions. In fact, when asked if his position to allow abortion only to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest would apply to all three trimesters, Bush answered, ‘Right.’ "

How’s that again? Would he really allow abortion to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest in "all three trimesters"?

It’s difficult to believe that is what Bush said or meant, but we read it with our own eyes in a story by Wendy Benjaminson in the Houston Chronicle, 3/8/99 in which she wrote: Does that mean, if it were up to him, that all abortions would be constitutionally banned? "Yes, replied the governor, except for circumstances threatening the life of the mother or rape or incest." That applies to all three trimesters? "Right."

It is even more difficult to believe that National Right to Life Committee thinks this is a pro-life position, yet that is what the NRLC press release said.

As further evidence of Governor Bush’s "pro-life" position, NRLC cites the facts that he recently filed a friend of the court brief stating his strong opposition to paying for elective abortions, and that he supports requiring parental notification before abortions are performed on minors. Does a politician really deserve praise for espousing those two positions? After all, even the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court has ruled that abortions do not have to be paid for with taxpayers’ money and that parental consent/notification is OK (as long as there is a judicial bypass).

National Right to Life Committee, in a release that is tantamount to an endorsement, has pinned the "pro-life" label on a man who has said he would support a human life amendment only if it excluded babies conceived as a result of rape or incest, or in the case of the life of the mother, and that he would allow the killing of those babies through the ninth month of pregnancy.

Perhaps Governor Bush misspoke. If so, he should take this opportunity to clarify his remarks. As it stands, there is no way his stance can be described as pro-life, especially in light of the fact that even many who support abortion draw the line at the first trimester, a view that is clearly unacceptable but certainly more restrictive than that of Gov. Bush.

We are entering into a presidential primary in which several candidates are running who are unconditionally pro-life -- Gary Bauer, Pat Buchanan, Alan Keyes and Senator Bob Smith.. As long as even one of them is in the race, pro-lifers can cast their primary votes with integrity. And, we hope they will do so.


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