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For prompt ReleaseOffice that the push SecretaryAugust 5, 2002President indicators Born-Alive infants Protection ActRemarks through the president in Signing of H.R. 2175, Born Alive infants Protection plot Pittsburgh HiltonPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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12:58 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Well, give thanks to you all an extremely much because that this bill signingceremony. I"m pleased to authorize it in the an excellent city that Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania. The history of our nation is the story that a promise, apromise that life and liberty made in ~ our founding and also fulfilled over thecenturies in our laws. The is a story of widening inclusion andprotection because that the ignored and the weak and also the powerless. And also now weextend the promise and also protection to the most fragile members of oursociety. This particular day I authorize the Born Alive infants Protection Act. This importantlegislation ensures the every infant born lively -- including an infantwho survives an abortion procedure -- is thought about a human underfederal law. (Applause.) This reform to be passed v the overwhelmingsupport that both political parties, and also it is about to end up being the legislation ofthe land. I appreciate so an extremely much Senator rick Santorum and also CongressmanSteve Chabot native Ohio for sponsoring this necessary piece oflegislation. I additionally appreciate councilor Arlen Specter of Pennsylvaniaand Congresswoman Melissa Hart for coming, together well. I desire to thankthe Bishop that the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop Wuerl, for being here.It"s an excellent to watch you again, Bishop. I appreciate Hadley Arkes, theProfessor of Jurisprudence and American organizations at AmherstUniversity. I desire to thank Jill Stanek, registered nurse, labor andDelivery Unit, Christ Hospital and also Medical Center, for being here, aswell. I appreciate Gianna Jessen, that is one abortion survivor and apro-life advocate. I want to say thanks to Dr. Watson Bowes, who is aProfessor Emeritus the Gynecology and also Obstetrics at the university ofNorth Carolina. I want to give thanks to you all for coming. It"s vital that you"rehere, to send a signal that you"re devoted to the protection of humanlife. The worry of abortion divides Americans, no question around it.Yet today we was standing on usual ground. The Born Alive babies ProtectionAct develops a principle in America law and also American conscience:there is no appropriate to ruin a son who has been born alive.(Applause.) A boy who is born has actually intrinsic worth and must have thefull protection of our laws. Today, through sonograms and also other technology, we can plainly --see plainly that unborn children are members that the person family, aswell. (Applause.) they reflect ours image, and also they are produced inGod"s own image. The Born Alive babies Protection act is a step toward the job whenevery child is welcomed in life and protected in law. (Applause.) Itis a step toward the day once the promises of the statements ofIndependence will apply to everyone, not just those v the voice andpower to defend their rights. This legislation is a step toward the work whenAmerica completely becomes, in the words of Pope john Paul II, "ahospitable, a welcome culture." Our society has sufficient compassion, wealth and also love to treatment formothers and their children, and to view the promise and potential ofevery life. In protecting the vulnerable and the weak, the imperfectand the unwanted, you space affirming a society of life. I"m grateful for your perseverance on behalf of this noble cause.I want to thank you because that your difficult work. I appreciate your care forevery member of the person family. Give thanks to you for coming today. It"snow mine honor and pleasure come sign right into law the Born lively InfantsProtection Act. (Applause.) (The plot is signed.) (Applause.) finish 1:04P.M. EDT


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