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
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