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Jan. 29, 2004|
In an AP story published on January 26, 2004, writer Mike Schneider reports that Gov. Jeb Bush may seek legislation this year that would let guardians be appointed for fetuses in specific cases where a mother is incapacitated and canít make decisions. Bushís desire to consider legislative options came as Jennifer Wixstrom, the woman who tried to become the guardian for the fetus of a disabled woman, decided not to appeal her argument that the fetus deserved a guardian.
State circuit and appellate courts had rejected arguments by Wixstrom, the governor and others that a guardian was needed for the fetus of the woman known as J.D.S., who became pregnant by rape. J.D.S. suffers from severe retardation, cerebral palsy and autism. Her daughter was born healthy in August.
"The governor believes this was a tragic case and continues to believe that in specific situations like this, it is important and necessary to have a guardian for the unborn child," said Jacob DiPietre, a Bush spokesman. "We will be looking at legislative options in the upcoming session."
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) "Before you leave Washington today, I hope you will go to visit our memorials but most especially to the one that I look at over your shoulders today. Because in the Jefferson Memorial, there are words on a wall that I canít help but feel that the founder spoke by the grace of God to us who labor in this movement. For on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial, these words are written: ĎGod who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift from God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and His justice cannot sleep forever.í Let us seek his justice until we achieve that day when the sanctity of human life is again the supreme law of the land."
Congressman Steve King (R-KS) "Our founding fathers didnít put [our inalienable rights] in the order of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness by accident. That was a well thought-out order. And that order says that in your pursuit of happiness, you must not infringe on someone elseís liberty, and in the pursuit of liberty, you must not infringe on someone elseís life. So, Life is paramount, and it is the measure itself against which all other things are weighed . . . .
"I ask for your prayers that God would lift this sin from His people, and soften the hearts of those who stand against us, many of them not because they have a conviction against Life, but because they have a political position that subordinates Life. And I pray that one day, we come back to this city not to commemorate this day, but we come back to this city to celebrate the day that Roe v. Wade is overturned."
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