Just the Facts:  A Series on the Presidential Candidates


George W. Bush in his own words and deeds:

When the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League announced that Bush led the most anti-choice state legislature in the U.S., he enthused, "I rest their case. I'm pro-life."  CNN Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields, 8/14/99

"I do not like abortions.  I will do everything in my power to restrict abortions."  The Dallas Morning News, 10/22/94

Bush has signed 18 anti-choice provisions as Governor of Texas, including parental involvement in abortion and prescription contraceptives, a 48-hour waiting period for young women and restrictions on reproductive services to low-income women.

". . . the Federal government ought to spend as much on abstinence as it does on other attempts to reduce teen-age pregnancies."  Meet the Press, 11/21/99

"I'm going to set a goal that says the unborn ought to be protected in the law and welcomed into life.  That ought to be a national goal."  Meet the Press, 11/21/99

"A president can sign a partial-birth abortion ban.  I would do so quickly if one got to my desk."  Meet the Press, 11/21/99

Bush named Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as the Supreme Court Justices he most respects.  Meet the Press, 11/21/99

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, agreed that Bush is more socially conservative than he sounds.  NBC Nightly News, 10/1/99

  "I am against gay marriage because I believe that marriage is for men and women . . . I don't support gay adoption either because I believe that society ought to aim for the ideal, and the ideal is for a man and a woman to adopt children."  Meet the Press, 11/21/99

Although Texas ranks second worst in the nation in percentage and total of children lacking health insurance, Bush fought efforts to expand coverage.  Austin American-Statesman, 2/26/99


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