Chuck Colson

Yesterday, Jim Dobson, Don Hodel, Mike Farris, Tony Perkins, and I met with President Bush in the Oval Office just before he signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. We had a wonderful conversation, celebrating one of the most significant days of his presidency and a great day for all who believe in the sanctity of life.

The president talked freely about his faith and how committed he is to the cause of defending human life.

I remarked to the president that the partial-birth abortion ban is simply part of a pattern that we’ve seen under his leadership. First, there was the legislation to stop sex trafficking; then the Prison Rape Elimination Act; then his efforts to stop slavery and genocide of Christians in the Sudan, an issue that may very soon have a successful outcome; and then, of course, the campaign to help AIDS victims in Africa and to promote abstinence; and the defunding of international agencies that promote abortion. We talked about how all of these things spring from a truth central to a Christian worldview: the dignity and value of every human being.

I told the president that this was the pattern followed by William Wilberforce, a conservative member of Parliament and a Christian. In the eighteenth century, he fought for twenty years to abolish slavery, the great abomination of his day, and as a result of that, a great spiritual awakening swept England. It is interesting that all through history conservatives with Christian consciences have done the great works that liberals only talk about.

This president has a deep concern for those in the margins of society—the helpless, “the least of these,” whom Jesus cares so much about. After the meeting, we took the motorcade over to the Ronald Reagan Building where the president signed the bill before 400 people, including, it seemed, half the Congress. There was a great sustained applause as the president talked about his administration’s commitment to life. Though this law will draw lawsuits, he said, “the executive branch will vigorously defend this law against any who would try to overturn it in the courts.”


Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
 
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