As 100,000 prolife activists marched in Washington during the 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Bush delivered on a crucial campaign pledge. With the stroke of a presidential pen on his first day on the job, Bush blocked use of federal funds for abortion counseling overseas. Though the president's executive order focuses on abortion practices in other countries, his move puts the debate over abortion policy back on the national agenda.

The editors of Christianity Today recently ranked our selections for the leading priorities for the incoming Bush administration and the new Congress. Hands down, prolife initiatives topped our list. The prolife movement holds out hope for passage of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion and the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. These two measures will be important steps toward restoring our national commitment to unborn human life. A federal ban on partial-birth abortion would end the gruesome practice of ending a third-trimester pregnancy by removing a fetus feet-first and then destroying the skull cavity. The born-alive bill would provide more humane care for mortally ill newborns and babies who survive a botched abortion.

What about overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that granted women the right to abortion? Though the First Lady doesn't think it should be overturned, President Bush is not ruling out support for a legal challenge to Roe. "We'll just have to see," he told reporters. Bush appropriately makes the point that it's premature to comment fully on overturning Roe since there is no case before the high court that has the potential to undo this historic wrong.

Even if overturning Roe is not in the near future, prolife Christians must not sit on their ...

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