Finger in the Wind Leadership on Abortion Will Never 'Fashion a Culture of Life', FRC Says

'The White House is Not Called 'The Bully Pulpit' for Nothing,'

Ken Connor Says



Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Family Research Council

    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Family
 Research Council President Ken Connor Friday urged President Bush "to express
 his commitment to the American people on abortion by showing real leadership
 on the issue in order to 'fashion a culture of life' in America."
     The White House chief of staff Andy Card said Friday in USA Today that
 President Bush doesn't feel "that he'll be able to eliminate abortions" and
 that the right to life is not a public policy priority for the president.
 Former Republican National Chairman Rich Bond said the president won't seek
 strong protections for life because there is neither a national consensus nor
 strength in Congress to push such measures through.
     "Mr. Card has a curious view of leadership," Connor said.  "Leadership is
 not jumping in front of a parade or waiting for a comfortable political
 climate before pressing for change.  President Bush's election was a mandate
 for a new era of leadership, driven not by polls, but by example and
 conviction.
     "President Bush should speak through his own voice on the issue of
 abortion.  Protecting the small, the weak, and the unborn is a 'high moral
 priority' for him.  It should follow that he use the restored moral authority
 of the Oval Office to articulate the arguments, use the resources, and forge a
 consensus on the issue of abortion.  How else can we ever build 'a culture of
 life' in which every child is welcomed in life and protected in law?
     "The horrors of partial-birth abortion and the coarsening of American
 culture during Clinton's presidency have contributed to a considerable shift
 in public opinion to becoming more pro-life on abortion.  Hearts are changing
 and the time for effectual leadership is now.  President Bush needs to make
 his voice clear that his administration will be proudly pro-life."
 
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SOURCE Family Research Council
    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Family
 Research Council President Ken Connor Friday urged President Bush "to express
 his commitment to the American people on abortion by showing real leadership
 on the issue in order to 'fashion a culture of life' in America."
     The White House chief of staff Andy Card said Friday in USA Today that
 President Bush doesn't feel "that he'll be able to eliminate abortions" and
 that the right to life is not a public policy priority for the president.
 Former Republican National Chairman Rich Bond said the president won't seek
 strong protections for life because there is neither a national consensus nor
 strength in Congress to push such measures through.
     "Mr. Card has a curious view of leadership," Connor said.  "Leadership is
 not jumping in front of a parade or waiting for a comfortable political
 climate before pressing for change.  President Bush's election was a mandate
 for a new era of leadership, driven not by polls, but by example and
 conviction.
     "President Bush should speak through his own voice on the issue of
 abortion.  Protecting the small, the weak, and the unborn is a 'high moral
 priority' for him.  It should follow that he use the restored moral authority
 of the Oval Office to articulate the arguments, use the resources, and forge a
 consensus on the issue of abortion.  How else can we ever build 'a culture of
 life' in which every child is welcomed in life and protected in law?
     "The horrors of partial-birth abortion and the coarsening of American
 culture during Clinton's presidency have contributed to a considerable shift
 in public opinion to becoming more pro-life on abortion.  Hearts are changing
 and the time for effectual leadership is now.  President Bush needs to make
 his voice clear that his administration will be proudly pro-life."
 
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