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February 2, 2001 Issue

Different expectations

View of Roe affects how we see the day

By Tony Staley
Compass Editor

As pro-life people rejoiced last week when Pres. George W. Bush reinstated restriction on U.S. funds for international family planning groups that encourage abortion, those on the other side groaned.

Some asked why, if he was going to take that action, he did it on Jan. 22, the 28th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion on-demand. Some pro-life people had asked the same question in 1993 when then Pres. Bill Clinton lifted the ban that Bush reinstated, in addition to issuing other pro-abortion executive orders.

What both proponents and opponents of Roe need to remember is that their views of the significance of Jan. 22 are as different as are their beliefs about Roe and, therefore, on how the day should be observed.

At the same time, as was pointed out here last week, Pres. Bush's action was only a first step. Pro-lifers must demand that he do more - and quickly - to stand up for life and to reverse Clinton's numerous pro-abortion actions.

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