This weekend a Texas pregnancy center honored George
Bush - with $2,500 tables, yet - for all the "lives (that) were
protected by your fearless pro-life efforts." But after he got an earlier so-called pro-life award, some fearless Catholics argued, entirely sensibly, you might have to consider the rights of the born, not just the unborn.
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"While the former president spoke eloquently about the sacred
dignity of life, as governor of Texas his state led the nation in
executions. His presidency is remembered for a legacy that often undermined lofty
rhetorical appeals to human dignity. Preemptive war, torture, a
reckless disregard for the environment and economic policies that left
the poor farther behind even as the wealthy grew more prosperous is not
a proud record in defense of life."