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Presidential Quotations

In honor of today’s holiday (that most people refer to as Presidents’ Day), here are some quotations from American presidents on the issue of life.

Thomas Jefferson
“The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

Ronald Reagan
“I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.”

George W. Bush
“It’s important to promote a culture of life. A hospitable society is a society where every being counts and every person matters. The ideal world is one in which every child is protected in law and welcomed to life.”

Ronald Reagan
“I know this issue is very controversial. But unless and until it can be proven that an unborn child is not a human being, can we justify assuming without proof that it isn’t? No one has yet offered such proof; indeed, all the evidence is to the contrary. We should rise above bitterness and reproach, and if Americans could come together in a spirit of understanding and helping, then we could find positive solutions to the tragedy of abortion.”

George H.W. Bush
“I wanted to take just a few brief moments to restate my firm support of our cause and to share with you my deep personal concern about our American tragedy of abortion on demand. We are concerned about abortion because it deals with the lives of two human beings, mother and child. I know there are people of good will who disagree, but after years of sober and serious reflection on the issue, this is what I think. I think the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe versus Wade was wrong and should be overturned….[Y]ou and hundreds of thousands with you across the country have raised a voice of moral gravity about abortion, a voice of principle, a voice of faith, a full voice that properly asserts and affirms the basic dignity of human life. I’m confident that more and more Americans every year — every day — are hearing your message and taking it to heart. And, ladies and gentlemen — and, yes, young people as well — I promise you that the President hears you now and stands with you in a cause that must be won. God bless you all, and God bless life.”

Ronald Reagan
“Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide.”

George W. Bush
“Last year Cardinal O’Connor said, ‘It is my very sincere prayer that if I live for a week, if I live for twenty years, my last breath will be in support for the sacredness of every human life.’ As a country, we too, must keep our pledge to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence. ”

Gerald Ford
“One of the most controversial issues of our time and one in which we share a keen interest is the question of abortion. I have grave concern over the serious moral questions raised by this issue. Each new life is a miracle of creation. To interfere with that creative process is a most serious act. In my view, the Government has a very special role in this regard. Specifically, the Government has a responsibility to protect life–and indeed to provide legal guarantees for the weak and unprotected. It is within this context that I have consistently opposed the 1973 decision of the .Supreme Court. As President, I am sworn to uphold the laws of the land and I intend to carry out this responsibility. In my personal view, however, this court decision was unwise. I said then and I repeat today–abortion on demand is wrong.”

Ronald Reagan
“Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right.”

Theodore Roosevelt
“[A] physician of wealth and high standing had seduced a girl and then induced her to commit abortion-I rather lost my temper, and wrote to the individuals who had asked for the pardon, saying that I extremely regretted that it was not in my power to increase the sentence. ”

George W. Bush
“We must appreciate the dignity of life in all its seasons, even the path of the elderly in the twilight of their years, to work toward the day when every child, born and unborn, is welcomed to life and protected by law.”

Ronald Reagan
“We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life – the unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life.”