Spokesman sidesteps
abortion query

By Les Kinsolving

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WND’s first question to presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer at today’s news briefing was about the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade:

WND: Ari, The Washington Post has recently reported that the president is opposed to partial-birth abortion, and in the same article it noted “many anti-abortion activists believe there are two key preliminary steps to overturning Roe v. Wade – establish that a fetus is a human being, and get more conservative judges appointed, particularly to the Supreme Court.” And my question is, does the president support repeal of Roe v. Wade because he believes a fertilized egg is a human being and a citizen?

FLEISCHER: The president believes we need to welcome a culture of life into America that respects life and honors life. And on the two specific issues I want to point out that on both – you mentioned one specific, partial-birth abortion, as well as another issue that involved penalties for killing pregnant women. Both those measures passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. And the president supports that, as well.

WND: But does he support a repeal of Roe v. Wade?

FLEISCHER: The president believes we need to welcome a culture that – create a culture that welcomes life.

AP REPORTER: What about Roe?

FLEISCHER: I’m sorry?

AP REPORTER: What about Roe?

FLEISCHER: The president is pro-life, and that is his position, and it goes back to the campaign.

WorldNetDaily then turned to the issue of amnesty for illegal aliens:

WND: Page 1 of The Washington Times reports our new ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, announcing in Mexico City that the Bush administration wants to give amnesty to thousands of illegal Mexican aliens who are now in the United States. And my question is, why does the president so encourage law-breaking by Mexicans – and Haitians, who have not received such amnesty that I’m aware of – as well as some of the 9-11 terrorists? And wouldn’t it be a good idea to recruit, train and deputize the Citizens Border Patrol Militia of Arizona, the American Border Patrol of California, and the Texas Ranch Rescue? (Laughter.) There’s three of them out there, Ari. And they still come across the border by the thousands.

FLEISCHER: OK, I think I have your question, Mr. Kinsolving. One, I don’t think you’ve accurately characterized what Mr. Garza has said. But in terms of –

WND: I was just quoting.

FLEISCHER: But in terms of what the president has said, the president believes that immigrants enrich our culture and make America a better and stronger country.

WND: Illegal?

FLEISCHER: And he wants to make certain that immigration is done the right way, that it is done legally. And we look forward to continuing to work with Mexico on this important topic.

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