George W. Bush, who entered office pledging to be a "uniter, not a divider," is leaving office by issuing an official Proclamation on the most divisive issue in American politics: abortion. Yesterday he declared January 18 to be "National Sanctity of Human Life Day 2009." The Proclamation reads, in part:
"All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. . . .
"The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. . . .
"America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals."
I wonder how many other ways of respecting the "sanctity of human life" readers of Free Thinking can think of. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.