In Washington at the start of 2001, no one was heard chanting the conservative mantra, "Big government is dead." President Bush, on his first day on the job, swiftly earned conservative praise and liberal condemnation by reversing a Clinton-era policy providing federal funds for abortion counseling overseas. The move coincided with the 28th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.
In a presidential message read aloud by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Bush told thousands of prolife demonstrators in Washington, "We share a great goal: to work toward a day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law. We know this will not come easily, or all at once. But the goal leads us onward: to build a culture of life, affirming that every person, at every stage and season of life, is created equal in God's image."1
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