[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George H. W. Bush (1991, Book I)]
[January 22, 1991]
[Page 55]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Remarks to Participants in the March for Life Rally
January 22, 1991

    Once again, it is my distinct honor to address Nellie Gray and those
courageous and determined Americans gathered on The Mall for the Rally 
for Life. January has become--in large part due to the dedication and 
hard work of the March for Life--a time of reflection, a time of 
rejuvenation for pro-life forces. And so, I'm pleased that my voice is 
part of the growing chorus that simply says, ``Choose Life.''
    As I look back at past years' Rally for Life, I am encouraged by the 
progress which has taken place. Attempts by Congress to expand funding--
Federal funding--for abortions have been defeated, and the Supreme Court 
has taken welcome steps toward reversing its Roe versus Wade decision.
    Despite these successes, much remains to be done. Abortion on demand 
continues unabated in this country. And as I have said in the past, this 
prevalence calls into question our respect for the fundamental right to 
life. Government and private sector must be more involved in encouraging 
alternatives such as adoption.
    And you, the thousands of tireless volunteers who have gathered here 
from across the United States, must make it your goal to keep this issue 
alive and predominant in the Halls of Congress, the courts, and in the 
minds of the American people.
    Thank you for your commitment, and God bless you.

                    Note: The President spoke at 12:02 p.m. from the 
                        Oval Office at the White House, via an 
                        electronic hookup with the rally site. 
                        Participants had gathered on the Ellipse for a 
                        march to the Supreme Court on the 18th 
                        anniversary of the Court's decision of Roe v. 
                        Wade which legalized abortion. Nellie Gray was 
                        president of March for Life.