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Summary: A reflection on current trends in abortion and what a Christian should know from Scripture.

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WHAT SHOULD WE THINK ABOUT ABORTION?

QUESTION: What is your standard for right and wrong?

OPENING ILLUSTRATION… Bush Blocks U.S. Abortion Aid By SANDRA SOBIERAJ, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - On Monday’s anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, President Bush signed a memorandum reinstating the full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid that his father and former President Reagan had instituted before him.

``It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion either here or abroad,’’ Bush wrote in his executive memorandum to the U.S. Agency for International Development, which oversees family-planning aid to foreign countries.

It was Bush’s first major policy action since becoming president on Saturday.

It reverses the Clinton administration’s position on unrestricted family-planning aid and bars U.S. money to international groups that use their own money to support abortion - either through performing the surgery, counseling on abortion as a family-planning option or lobbying foreign governments on abortion policy.

On his first workday in the White House, Bush also gave a written statement to marchers on the 28th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

``The promises of our Declaration of Independence are not just for the strong, the independent or the healthy. They are for everyone, including unborn children,’’ his statement said. ``We share a great goal, to work toward a day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law ... to build a culture of life, affirming that every person at every stage and season of life, is created equal in God’s image.’’

Abortion-rights supporter Kate Michelman saw it as Bush’s latest act of war on women’s reproductive rights, following on his nomination of staunch abortion opponents to key Cabinet posts - former Sen. John Ashcroft for attorney general and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson as secretary of health and human services.

Bush ``is using his presidential powers quite aggressively already to undermine a woman’s right to choose and clear a pathway to the overturning of Roe v. Wade,’’ Michelman said. ``I think it’s a harbinger of things to come - Supreme Court appointments, judicial appointments ... . There’s quite a bit of harm that can be done to women’s reproductive rights.

``He clearly is bending to the will of the far right on these issues. He so quickly shed his facade and his cloak of moderation on this issue,’’ she said.

Current law bans the use of U.S. funds for any abortions in foreign countries. Former Presidents Reagan and Bush further banned U.S. aid to international groups that use their own money to support abortion - either through performing the surgery, counseling on abortion as a family-planning option, or lobbying foreign governments on abortion policy - in what became known as the Mexico City policy because it was announced by Reagan at a 1984 population conference there.


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