Just before President Bush left office, the ACLU sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over its partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in an effort to thwart human trafficking. The problem? The USCCB opposes funds for abortion and emergency contraception.

President Bush wasn’t intimidated. Indeed, he proclaimed January 18 to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” He said that “All life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection.” The president emphasized that “we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law.”

We commended Bush for this proclamation and for all the good work he achieved in furthering a culture of life. Unfortunately, we have no reason to believe that his stellar record will be duplicated.

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