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Bush Reaffirms Pro-Life Stance

President Bush reaffirmed his pro-life position Friday in remarks to Catholic leaders in Washington.

President Bush, who is a strong anti-abortion advocate, said he would continue to work for the day when every child is welcome in life and protected in law. "Here, in the United States,” he said, “we work to strengthen a culture of life through many state and federal initiatives that expand the protections of the unborn."

Speaking at the National Catholic prayer breakfast, the president said this is a hopeful time for the world, but also a time of great challenge. "In some of the most advanced parts of our world, some people no longer believe that the desire for liberty is universal,” said the president. “Some people believe that you cannot distinguish between right and wrong. The Catholic Church rejects such a pessimistic view of human nature, and offers a vision of human freedom and dignity, rooted in the same self-evident truths of America's founding."

The president also paid tribute to the late Pope John Paul II, who died one year ago, saying he was a great defender of freedom who set off one of the greatest revolutions for freedom the world has ever known.